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Elva Lorene (Butler) Stoneburner Jett
Pana

Elva Lorene (Butler) Stoneburner Jett, 85, of Pana died at 7:17 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2002 in Pana Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana with Rev. Marvin Chalfant officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 5 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oconee Mound Cemetery. Family suggests memorials to Pana Free Methodist Church.
Mrs. Jett was born on June 23, 1916 in Shelby County the daughter of Atlas J. and Blanch Wilkison Butler. She married George W. Stoneburner on May 21, 1931. He preceded her in death on June 3, 1981. She married Zetzsche Julius Jett on August 10, 1964 in Greenville. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1969. Mrs. Jett worked in Pana at Ben Franklin, the dime store, Corner Cafe, Bill's Cafe, Metger Drug Store at the fountain and Wayne's Office Supply. She lived her entire life in Pana area except for 6 years in Greenville. She was a member of Pana Free Methodist Church.
Surviving are: daughter, Lorene Moreau and husband Harold of Pana; son, George Stoneburner of Chicago; eight grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: daughter, Shirley Jane Taylor; one granddaughter; brothers, Grover C. Butler and Calvin J. Butler.

Hazel Lorene Elliott
Pana

Hazel Lorene Elliott, 74, of Pana died at 3:45 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002 in Prairie Rose Health Care Center, Pana.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana with Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Eagle's Rites at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Twin Pines Cemetery, Pana. Memorials may be given to the Eagles Charity Fund.
Mrs. Elliott was born on April 23, 1927 in Pana the daughter of Arthur and Odelia Hill Pope. She married Don Elliott on May 31, 1975. She graduated from Pana High School, coming back to live in Pana in 1968. She was a homemaker and member of Pana Eagles club and Pana Moose Club.
Surviving are: husband, Don Elliott of Pana; daughter, Mickey Bradley and husband Charles of Pana; step-sons, Donnie Elliott, Phillip Elliott, Jeffrey Elliott and Joseph Elliott all of California; three grandchildren, Becky Brenden Bone and husband Keith, Chad Brenden and Joey Ferreri; three great grandchildren, Paxton Brenden, Ryan Brenden and Callum Bone.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, great grandson Rex Brenden, brother Speedy and sister Norma.

Nancy Lou Howard
Tower Hill

Nancy Lou Howard, 65, of rural Tower Hill passed away at 11:32 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital.
All arrangements are private and are by Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville.
Mrs. Howard was born April 25, 1936 near Scranton, PA the daughter of Perry and Hannah Lewis Travis. She married Robert (Bob) Howard on May 15, 1974 in Las Vegas, NV. She was a lifetime member and past president of the Women's Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4829 of Shelbyville and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary Roy Vanderpool American Legion Post #81 of Shelbyville and a member of the Women of the Moose. She had been an office manager of several hotels in California including the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
Surviving are: her husband, Robert; son, Bill Burton of Westchester, PA; daughter, Karen Jarrett of Orange, CA; four grandchildren; brother, Perry Travis of Detroit, MI; sisters, Ann Adams of Columbus, OH and Billie Jane Clark of Ocala, FL.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Norma Young
Shelbyville

Norma Young, 79, of Shelbyville, died at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2002 in St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Jeff Grote and Rev. Robert Litteral officiating. Visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before services. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville.
Norma was born on January 13, 1923 in Clarksburg, Twp., Shelby County, the daughter of Harley Paul "Doc" and Esther Smith Ragan. She was a 1942 graduate of Shelbyville High School and was retired from Sears & Roebuck in Shelbyville. 
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #69 both of Shelbyville.
She married Harvey J. Holland on February 8, 1942. He died on August 16, 1963. She married Joe S. Young on March 3, 1969.
Surviving are her husband Joe; daughters Debra Shoaff and husband Bill of Shelbyville and Diane Schultz and husband Mark of Carlock; step-son, Gary J. Young and wife Judy of Shelbyville; brother Terry Ragan and wife Majean of Warsaw, MO; sister, Frances Fesser and husband Mel of Kincaid; four grandchildren, Mark Shoaff of Fayetteville, AR, Miranda Shoaff and fiancé Dustin Carr of Urbana, and A.J. and Zak Harless both of Carlock; three step-grandchildren, Mike Young and wife Debbie and Pat Young and wife Lisa all of Centralia and Diana Litteral and husband Scott of Shelbyville; and five step-great grandchildren, Joel Young, Danielle and Nicholas Young and Michael and Brian Litteral.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Harvey Holland; and one brother in infancy, Richard Ragan.

Gary H. Moody
Dalton City

Gary H. Moody, 57, of Dalton City died at 1:25 a.m. Friday, March 1, 2002 in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9 in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Decatur. Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home are handling the arrangements. Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association and DMH Oncology Research Department.
Mr. Moody was born October 11, 1944 in Montreal, Canada, the son of Irene Moody and the late Humphrey Moody. He married Ginnie Donnel March 5, 1966.
Surviving are: his wife, Ginnie; daughters, Melissa, Michelle and Brandi Moody; mother, Irene Moody; brother, John Moody and wife Becky of Indianapolis, IN; sister, Kay and husband Dr. Gary Senteney of Brandenton, FL; nephew, nieces and many friends.
A special thanks to Dr. James Wade and the cancer care staff; cancer research nurses, Karla and Barb; Dr. Peter Birk; DMH 5100 nursing staff; all our family and friends.

Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Fishel
Decatur
Formerly of Assumption

Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Fishel, 76, of Decatur, formerly of Assumption, died at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in Decatur Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday with Fr. Dennis Kollross officiating in St. Mary's Cemetery in Assumption.
Visitation will be one hour before services on Wednesday.
Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery with Full Military Honors by Tascusah Post 6577 VFW of Assumption.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Fishel was born on November 16, 1925 in Dixon, Illinois, a son of Ellis and Carrie Rever Fishel.
He retired in 1987 after 34 years with the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean Conflict. He was affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Larry was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
He married Barbara Wolverton in 1967, he later married Mary Gulley in 1996.
Surviving are his daughter Diana and husband Gary Nelson of Assumption; step-son James Wolverton and wife Ann of Zephyr Hills, Florida; step-daughter Crystal Wolverton of Decatur and sister Maryann and husband Burl Shepard of Plainview, Texas. Four step-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Decatur Memorial Hospital for their help and support.
Seitz Funeral Home in Assumption is handling the arrangements.

Marie E. Wakefield
Shelbyville

Marie E. Wakefield, 102, of Shelbyville passed away at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002 at her residence in Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 in Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Visitation will be one hour before the service. Rev. Cathy Minor will officiate. Burial will be in Harmon Cemetery near Lakewood. Memorials can be made to Lakewood United Methodist Church or the Moulton Methodist Church.
Mrs. Wakefield was born on June 20, 1899 in Lakewood the daughter of John and Stella Harmon Duckett. She married Roy W. Wakefield and he passed away October 17, 1976. She was a homemaker and a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church and Moulton Methodist Church of Shelbyville.
Surviving are: son, Kenneth Wakefield and wife Elizabeth (Betty) of Tucson, AZ; sister, Fairie Parr of Shelbyville; four grandchildren; several great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; nieces, Marge Kearney of Shelbyville and Ramona Price of Salem; special friends, Kenny and Marge Burke of Shelbyville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Barbara, one great grandson, one brother Cleo Duckett and one sister Hazel Montooth.

Donald Keith Moore
Pana

Donald Keith Moore, 52, of Pana, died on Sunday March 3, 2002 at 12:29 a.m. in Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.
He was born on April 26, 1949 in Shelby County, the son of Charles E. and Jean Reedy Moore.
He was a retired supervisor at CAT and lived his entire life in the Pana and Shelby County areas.
He was a 1967 graduate of Pana High School, a member of the Pana Elks Lodge, the Pana Sportsman's Club. He was a veteran of the 183rd Air Guard in Springfield.
He married Diane K. Klee on July 9, 1968 in Taylorville.
He is survived by his wife Diane K. Moore of Pana, children Brandon R. Moore and wife Brandy of Rantoul; Damon K. Moore of Pana and Lori Stokes and husband Doug of Hillsboro, Illinois.
His mother, Jean Moore of Christiana, TN; brothers, Michael R. Moore of Pana; Gary Moore of Springfield; sisters Carol Moore of Christiana, TN; Judy Moore and husband Ron of Murfreesboro, TN and four grandchildren, Gabe, Joe and T.J. Stokes and Gavin Moore also survive.
He was preceded in death by his father and brother Charles "Chuck" Moore.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1 until 2 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Thursday March 7, 2002 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. 
Burial will be in Price Cemetery in Oconee.

EULA TILLEY
Shelbyville

Eula I. Mose Tilley, 92 of Shelbyville formerly of Tower Hill died at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville.
Arrangements are incomplete in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home in Shelbyville.

William Floyd Barkhurst
Shelbyville

William Floyd Barkhurst, 88, of Shelbyville passed away at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelbyville.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Dan Eloe will officiate assisted by Rev. John Hippard. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time on Wednesday. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville. Military rites will be performed by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4829 of Shelbyville. Memorials can be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church or to the First Baptist Church of Shelbyville.
Mr. Barkhurst was born May 11, 1913 in Westervelt the son of Judson Josiah and Dora McDonald Barkhurst. He graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1930. He retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of service during WWII and the Korean War. After serving his country, he worked for the Rose Township Road Commissioner. Mr. Barkhurst later retired from a career with the Illinois State Police administrative services. He was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church. He married Marcella McNeely July 23, 1948 in Decatur and she survives.
Also surviving are: sons, Joseph Barkhurst and wife Daphne of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and James Barkhurst of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Judson and Stacey of Calgary and Meredith of Clinton, IL; sisters, Blanche Strohl and Naomi Barkhurst of Shelbyville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Harold and John and sisters Winona, Ruby and Ruth.

Carlie Maxine Durbin
Pana

Carlie Maxine Durbin, infant daughter of Charles Michael and Jana Maxine Lape Durbin of Pana, went to be one of God's precious little angels on Friday, March 8, 2002 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 12 in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville with Rev. Greg Breeden officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Shelbyville.
Carlie Maxine was born on March 8, 2002 in St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur.
Surviving are her parents; two brothers, Seth and Andy Durbin at home; grandparents, William and Opal Durbin of Tower Hill, Max and Norma Lape of Shelbyville and Alice Lape of Shelbyville; and great grandparents, Anna Mae Lentz of Decatur, Thelma Reed of Shelbyville and Novella Lape of Shelbyville.
She was preceded in death by great grandparents, Charles Riley, Alvin Reed and Delbert Lape.

Clyde W. Hall
Tower Hill

Clyde W. Hall, 86, of Tower Hill died at 12:03 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002 in Heritage Manor, Pana.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 12 in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. with Ron Newman officiating. Visitation will be Monday, March 11 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McCracken-Dean Funeral Home with Elks service at 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Pana. Memorials may be given to Pana Community Hospital Foundation for Hospice.
Mr. Hall was born on June 25, 1915 in Cowden the son of Erastus and Maude Backensto Hall. He lived his entire life in Tower Hill, Shelbyville and Pana area. He married Martha Hedrick on August 8, 1936 in Shelbyville. Mr. Hall retired from National Greenhouse in Pana in 1978. He also managed the Pana Country Club for 14 years. He was a member of Pana Elks Lodge #1261 and Central Illinois Fox and Coon Hunters Association of which he was president for many years.
Surviving are: his wife, Martha of Tower Hill; sons, Jerry Hall and wife Elsie of Tower Hill and twin sons Ron Hall and wife Marsha of Pana and Don Hall and wife Tina of Tower Hill; daughters, Shirley Murphy and husband Art of Shelbyville, Barb Selby and husband Don of Tower Hill, Bev Harbert and the late Rob Harbert of Pana, and Deb Sisk and fiancé Archie Fox of Tower Hill; sisters, Madeline Ransdell of Shelbyville and Imogene Ekiss of Springfield; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Leon Hall; great grandson, James Leon Harbert, Jr.; four brothers, Vern Hall, Ralph Hall, Robert Hall and his twin Claude Hall; three sisters, Lila Ransdell, Opal Ashcraft and Janice Rider.

Harold E. Patrick
Stewardson

Harold E. Patrick, 65, of rural Stewardson died at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2002 in St. John's Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 11 with Rev. Richard Coen officiating. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial was in Smyser Cemetery, rural Gays. Memorials may be given to Donor's choice.
Mr. Patrick was born on April 1, 1936 in Iola, IL the son of Glen and Nancy I. (Pruett) Patrick. He married Virginia B. Garrett on June 17, 1954 in Neoga. He was retired from Fedders in Effingham and a retired farmer. He was a former member of First Christian Church, Neoga.
Surviving are: wife, Virginia of Stewardson; son, Tom Patrick of Ft. Wayne, IN; daughters, Miss Pat Patrick of Stewardson and Penny Moschenrose and husband Dan of Watson; brothers, Jack Patrick of Carrier Mills and Kenneth Patrick of Many, LA; sisters, Norma Kelshimer of Neoga, Mary Harmon of Decatur, Juanita Armstrong of Temecula, CA and Shirley Charters and husband Wm. "Bud" of Hollywood, FL; and granddaughter, Alex Shadwell of Strasburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Glen R. Patrick; four brothers; and two sisters.

Gale L. "Shorty" Witt
Pana

Gale L. "Shorty" Witt, 64, of Pana died at 10:50 p.m. Monday, March 11, 2002 in his residence.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Price Cemetery with Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating. Military rites by Pana Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4431. Arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Memorials may be given to Pana Community Hospital Foundation for Hospice.
Mr. Witt was born on April 4, 1937 in Tower Hill, the son of Walter R. and Mary Clutter Witt. He married Joann Stout on June 30, 1962 in Pana, she survives. He lived his entire life in Pana, except when he was in the military, working 14 years with the City of Pana in maintenance at Kitchell Park. Mr. Witt served with the U.S. Army.
Surviving are: wife, Joann of Pana; daughter, Rhonda Doolin and husband Ron of Pana; sons, Randy Witt and wife Becky of Oconee and Walter Witt and wife Susie of Pana; grandchildren, Joe Lemanski, Kevin Hadley and Ashley Witt; brothers, Morris Witt and Virgil Witt both of Pana; sister, Marcella Hunter of Pana.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one daughter; brothers, Paul Witt and twin Dale E. Witt.

Juanita L. "Nita" Bledsoe
St. Charles, Mo.

Juanita L. "Nita" Bledsoe, 49, of St. Charles, Mo., formerly of Hillsboro died Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at 11:00 pm in her residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 16 in Hillsboro Free Methodist Church at 11:00 am with Rev. Ron Beckner officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery, Coffeen. Arrangements are by McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana. Visitation will be Friday, March 15 from 5 to 8 pm. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Bledsoe was born May 9, 1952 in Hillsboro the daughter of Harold C. & Velma F. Moore Micenheimer. She married Wayne Bledsoe on May 30, 1970 in Hillsboro and he survives. Mrs. Bledsoe was the owner of Impressive Stamps, St. Charles, Mo. She was raised in Coffeen & Hillsboro, then later in Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas City and resided in St. Charles, Mo. the past 3 years. She graduated from Hillsboro High School Class of 1970 and was a member of the First Baptist Church, St. Peters, Mo.
Surviving are: her husband, son Kenneth Bledsoe and wife Michele, Lees Summit, Mo.; daughter Jennifer Bledsoe, St. Charles, Mo.; grandchildren Phillip and Nathan Bledsoe; mother Velma Wygal and husband Maurice of Hillsboro; brothers Merrill Micenheimer and wife Marie, Coffeen, George Micenheimer, Hillsboro; sisters Mayola Dean and husband Tom of Pana, Deloris Donahoo, Centralia, and Pearl Crawford of Edwardsville. 
She was preceded in death by her father.

Helen Marie Schmitt
Strasburg

Helen Marie Schmitz, 82, of Strasburg died at 3:23 a.m. Monday, March 18, 2002 in St. John's Hospital, Springfield.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21 in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg with Rev. Steven A. Becker and Rev. Gary Fortkamp officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday in Howe & Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville and one hour before service time Thursday in the church. Burial will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Strasburg. Memorials may be given to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg.
Mrs. Schmitt was born on October 8, 1919 in Strasburg, the daughter of Henry Fred and Clara Catherine Kull Buesking. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Strasburg. She married Clark Schmitt on February 8, 1939 in Strasburg and he died on February 19, 2002.
Surviving are: daughters, Kathryn Tice and husband David of Shelbyville and Carol Camilotto and husband Louis of West Lafayette, IN; brothers, Carl Buesking and wife Neva of Strasburg and Clarence Buesking and wife Bernice of Effingham; sister, Neva Pikesh of Mode; brother-in-law Roy Schmitt and wife Vera of Strasburg; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Buesking of Shelbyville, Ruth Reynolds and Ruby Buesking both of Mattoon; three grandchildren, Ronda Robinson and husband William J. of Shelbyville, Rochelle Krupp and husband Thomas of Ballwin, MO and Vance Campbell and wife Gretchen of Lafayette, IN; and seven great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Karli and Tice Robinson, Joshua and Zachary Krupp and Alexis and Madisen Campbell.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and four brothers, Lloyd, Curtis, Eugene and Ervin Buesking.

Alice K. Beals
Mattoon
(formerly of Neoga)

Alice K. Beals, 84, of Mattoon died at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2002 in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 20 in Beals Cemetery, Trilla with the Rev. Steve Massengill officiating. Burial will be in Beals Cemetery. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family c/o Shirley Kingery, 311 East Main, Toledo, IL 62468.
Mrs. Beals was born on February 18, 1918 in Etna, IL the daughter of Louis Wm. and Nancy Kezie (Paxton) Thompson. She married H. Otis Beals on December 9, 1936 in Trilla and he died on October 14, 1985. She was a member of Good Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Trilla. Mrs. Beals was a retired seamstress from Kern Mfg. Company, Neoga.
Surviving are: grandson, Ronald L. Beals of Mattoon; granddaughters, Shirley Kingery and husband Lowell of Toledo and Carla Jones and husband Donald of Neoga; and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; son, Roy Beals; three brothers; and three sisters.

Luther Leo Nunn
Findlay

Luther Leo Nunn, 70 of Findlay passed away at 2:08 a.m. Tuesday March 19, 2002 in St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Arrangements are incomplete at Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Findlay.

Carl Gregory "Greg" Stokes
Assumption

Carl Gregory "Greg" Stokes, 50, of Assumption died at 2:55 p.m. on Saturday in his home.
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday with Pastor David Beerbower officiating.
Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Assumption with full Military Honors by Assumption VFW Post 6577.
There will not be visitation hours.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Greg was born in Rockford, Illinois on April 4, 1951 a son of Kermit and Gertrude Walker Stokes.
He was employed by Grain Systems Inc. in Assumption. He was also a veteran of the Army.
Greg will be sadly missed by numerous nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his brothers Roger and wife Loretta of Shelbyville and Kermit and wife Lori of Forsyth. Also surviving are his sisters Carol and husband Lyle Giles of Assumption; Tammy and husband Patrick Cardwell of Gardner, Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John and Robert.
Seitz Funeral Home in Assumption is in charge of the arrangements.

Cecil H. Luthe
Bridgeton, MO
Formerly of Decatur

Cecil H. Luthe, 81, of Bridgeton, MO., died at 9:45 p.m. on Friday March 22, 2002 in the DePaul Hospital in Bridgeton.
He was born on August 2, 1920 in Decatur, the son of Earl Edwin and Flassie Viola (Walters) Luthe.
He married Edna Maria Louise (Krueger) on June 3, 1957 in Shelbyville.
He is survived by his wife, Edna of Bridgeton; brother, Albert Luthe of Bolivar, TN., sisters; Anna Mae Williamson of Findlay, Helen Price of Decatur and Betty Mathis of Savoy, Illinois.
Several nieces, nephews and other relatives survive also.
He was a retired tool & die maker for McDonnell-Douglas of St. Louis, MO. He was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church of Hanley Hills, Missouri. He served in the U.S. Air Force during W.W. II from 1942 through 1945.
Services will be held Wednesday March 27, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Holland and Barry Funeral Home in Lincoln, Illinois with Rev. Thomas Baker officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service.
Burial will be at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln, Illinois. Full Military Rites at the graveside.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Ray C. Graven
Shelbyville

Ray C. Graven, 97, of Shelbyville, died at 9:00 a.m. Friday March 22, 2002 in Sheryl's Place in Shelbyville.
Mr. Graven was born September 29, 1904 in Shelby County, the son of Charles and Minnie Comfort Kelly Graven.
He married Ethel Oka Jennings on September 20, 1925 in Quigley, Illinois. She passed away on August 19, 1994.
Mr. Graven farmed until 1955. He began a custodian with the Shelbyville Unit School District and later was employed by Bitzer Taggart Motor Company of Shelbyville.
Surviving are his daughters: Eileen Woods and husband Leonard and Louise Heathcock both of Shelbyville and Elizabeth Mueller of Joliet; sons Donald Graven of Arcola, Eugene Graven and wife Mary Ann of Clarksville, TN, Robert Graven and wife Nadine and James Graven and wife Judy both of Shelbyville; twenty three grandchildren; thirty-five great grandchildren; several great great grandchildren; one brother Cecil Graven and wife Wilma of Findlay.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles Kenneth Graven, grandsons: Leonard Allen Woods and Robert Arnold Heathcock, three brothers: Thomas Graven, John Graven and Ralph Graven; sisters Lola Gaston, Fern Hubbs and Juanita Donnel.
Funeral services were held Monday March 25, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lockart and Sons Funeral Home in Shelbyville. Rev. Paul Pryor officiated.
Visitation was from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday. Burial will be in Jordan Cemetery near Shelbyville.
Memorials can be made to Sheryl's Place.


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