Elva Lorene (Butler) Stoneburner
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
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.
Hazel Lorene Elliott
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
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
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, 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,
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
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
Formerly of Assumption
Joseph Lawrence "Larry" Fishel, 76, of Decatur,
formerly of Assumption, died at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday in Decatur Memorial
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
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
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
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
Marie E. Wakefield
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
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 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
William Floyd Barkhurst, 88, of Shelbyville passed
away at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2002 in Shelby Memorial Hospital,
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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,
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.