Miscellaneous Tazewell County, Illinois Obituaries

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WILMA L. SHEPHERD
(1911~2002)

PEKIN ~ Wilma L. Shepherd, 90, of 191 East Queenwood Road, Morton, died at 2:10 a.m. Friday, February 1, 2002 at Morton Terrace, Ltd. She was formerly of No. 8 Rosewood Lane in Pekin.

Born April 28, 1911 in Peoria to William and Hazel Ganz Evans, she married Fred H. Shepherd on July 17, 1938. He died October 2, 1995 in Pekin. One sister (Bernice Evans Delicath) also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two nephews, Dr. Richard (Susie) Shepherd of East Peoria and Robert (Vickie) Shepherd, Jr. of Anaheim, California.

Mrs. Shepherd had worked as a typist for the accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell in Peoria.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Pekin, the Pekin Hospital Auxiliary, and Kings Daughters.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, February 4, 2002 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Robert N. Brite, Jr. will officiate. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 1201 Chestnut Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

CHARLES E. MCCUNE, II
(2002)

HENRY ~Charles Elder McCune, II, infant son of Charles Elder McCune and Amanda Colleen Smith, both of 1305 County Road 1400 North, died at 5:30 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2002 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria where he was born at 3:55 a.m. Monday.

Surviving are his parents; grandparents, Paul and Kim Eudaily of South Pekin and Raymond and Shirley McCune of Henry; and great-grandparents, Floyd Apple of Henry and Don and Melba York of Tomah, Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Shirley Tennyson; paternal great-grandmother, Lois Apple; and paternal great-grandparents, Jeff and Margaret McCune.

Private funeral services will be held at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. The Rev. Keith Moore will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday at Putnam Cemetery in Putnam, Illinois. The Rev. Bob Mont will officiate. There will be no visitation.

LOUISE T. VACHON
(1916~2002)

CREVE COEUR ~ Louise T. Vachon, 85, of 505 LaRosh Court, Creve Coeur, died at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2002 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency Room in Peoria.

Born March 11, 1916 in Tucker County, West Virginia to Phillip O. and Myrtle Ryan Haddix, she married Gilford Francis Vachon on April 21, 1935 in Davis, West Virginia. He died January 20, 1994 in Creve Coeur. One infant daughter (Mary V. Vachon), three brothers, and one sister also preceded her death.

Surviving are three sons, P. David (Adelia) Vachon of Williston, Florida, Gary J. (Mary Sue) Vachon of Peoria, and Louis F. (Janet) Vachon of Washington; two daughters, Susan C. (Joel) Yerby of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and Francis L. (Karl) Johnson of Southfield, Michigan; thirteen grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lolita (Robert) Kalar of Parsons, West Virginia.

She was a 1934 graduate of Parsons High School in Parsons, West Virginia.

A homemaker, Mrs. Vachon enjoyed sewing, cooking, baking, gardening, and playing the piano.

She was a member of Saint Maryís Cathedral in Peoria and the former University of Illinois Home Extension in Creve Coeur. She was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Peoria and its Altar and Rosary Society.

A funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at Saint Maryís Cathedral in Peoria. The Rev. Joseph P. Donton will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunday TV Mass of the Catholic Diocese of Peoria, 412 Northeast Madison Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61603 or to the charity of the donorís choice.

JEFFERY V. OLSON
(1961~2002)

PEKIN ~ Jeffery Vincent Olson, 40, of 1014 Bruce Drive in Denham Springs, Louisiana, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2002 at his residence. He was formerly of Pekin, Peoria and Chillicothe.

He was born November 2, 1961 in Peoria to George Vincent and Patricia Ellen Brush Olson.

Surviving are his mother, Patricia E. Olson of Pekin; his father, George V. Olson of Denham Springs; one son, Bradley Vincent Olson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; three brothers, Randall Stephen Olson of Divernon, Illinois, Dennis Patrick (Teri) Olson of Denham Springs and Michael Lee (Amanda) Olson of Baton Rouge; five nieces and nephews and one grandnephew.

His grandparents preceded him in death.

He served in the United States Air Force as a security specialist and attained the rank of sergeant. Following his military service, he worked as a cook on an oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico and as a meatcutter in Louisiana.

He was a disabled American veteran.

A handyman, he enjoyed woodworking and carpentry work.

His memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Robert E. MacKay will officiate. Cremation will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffery Olson Memorial Fund in care of National City Bank, 3545 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

DONNA L. GLENN
(1949~2002)

PEKIN ~Donna Louise Glenn, 52, of 444 S. Parkway Dr., Apt. 1503, died at 9:55 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2002 in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.

Born September 26, 1949 in Pekin, she was a daughter of Donald Chalmer and Tena Louise Rapp Glenn.

Surviving are an aunt who raised her, Lena Rapp of Pekin; an uncle, Robert J. Glenn of Alton, IL; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Miss Glenn last worked as an assembler at Tazewell County Resource Center. She had previously worked as a private care giver in Peoria, at Unclaimed Freight Store in Pekin, and as a dishwasher at the Arlington Restaurant in Pekin.

She was a member of Second Reformed Church in Pekin where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday school class and the Mary-Martha Circle.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, January 31, 2002 at Second Reformed Church. Reverends Harmen Heeg and Ralph Cordes will officiate. Burial will be in Prairie Rest Cemetery in rural Delavan. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Second Reformed Church in Pekin.

PATRICIA A. HALL
(1935~2002)

PEKIN ~ Patricia Ann Hall, 66, of 1707 Market Street died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, January 27, 2002 at her residence.

Born August 1, 1935 in Surry, Illinois to Lyle Owen and Beatrice Frances Bricker Yocum, she married Gerald William "Bill" Hall, Jr. on June 21, 1953 in Dallas City, Illinois. He survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Terry L. (Keith) Gleason of Pekin, Sharon D. (Gregory) Ives of Bartonville and Mary B. (Tony Mantovani) Hall of Pekin; four grandchildren, Shane A. (Jami) Beeney of Pekin, Rachel L. Weiman, Ingrid A. Weiman, both of Peoria and Nathaniel I.W. Thomas of Pekin; one brother, Marvin (Charlotte) Yocum of Chillicothe and two sisters, Rosalie Taylor of Pekin and Bonnie Harr of Stronghurst.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Mrs. Hall had worked as a teller for the Herget National Bank in Pekin for ten years. She then worked two years as a secretary in the Tazewell County Auditors office in downtown Pekin. She last worked for the Tazewell County Highway Department in Tremont as the secretary for 25 years, retiring in June of 1998.

She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Pekin and its coupleís club.

She enjoyed working with her flowers and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She loved music.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller and Rev. Glenn R.A. Niemann will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, and also 30 minutes before services Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Church, 711 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to the Methodist Medical Center Hospice Services, 221 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61636.

WILLIAM C. BRAMLAGE
(1922~2002)

PEKIN ~ William Carl Bramlage, 75, of 1005 Charles Street, Apartment B, died Thursday, January 24, 2002 at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.

Born May 24, 1926 in Highland Park, Illinois to Carl Boniface and Hazel Elsie Rickard Bramlage, he married Elsie Mae Horton on October 31, 1953 in Pekin.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra K. (Dale) Dover of Pekin; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren and two sisters, Catherine B. Williams and Patricia E. "Pat" (Art) Krile, both of Pekin.

His parents and one sister, Jeannette A. Burling, preceded him in death.

An Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He was a member of Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1232 in Pekin. He also was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Bramlage had worked as a car salesman in the Pekin and Peoria area for more than 25 years.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He enjoyed boating.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at War Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Pekin, where his Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will accord military rites. The Rev. James E. Kruse will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaronek Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605.

HELEN L. MULLINS
(1920~2002)

PEKIN ~ Helen Louise Mullins, 81, 1114 North 15th Street, died at 8:29 a.m. Thursday, January 24, 2002 at her residence.

She was born May 20, 1920 in Peoria, a daughter of John Edward and Ethel Dietz; she married Basil Harley "Moon" Mullins on September 14, 1946 in Peoria. He died August 21, 2001 in Peoria. Her parents and three brothers also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Rodney P. (Cynthia) Mullins of Delavan and Randall E. (Renda) Mullins of Pekin; two daughters, Darlene (Michael) Murray of Peoria and Vickie L. (Dale) Morris of Mountain Home, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one sister, Doris Pappas of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mrs. Mullins had worked at Pekin Hospital in dietary as a baker for 20 years.

She was a life member of the George Maple AMVETS Post No. 235 Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin.

She was an active member and former chaplain of the Roy L. King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1232 Ladies Auxiliary in Pekin, where she was a bingo caller for many years.

She was well known for her baking of pies and cakes and making homemade noodles. She was often asked to donate her pies and cakes for area fundraisers. She loved to travel and enjoyed gardening.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with a Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary memorial service at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tributes Program, Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Illinois 60678-3968 or to the Central Illinois Dream Factory, P.O. Box 1431, Pekin, Illinois 61555-1431.

JOHN R. MCKEOWN
(1932~2002)

PEKIN ~ John Richard McKeown, 69, of 3604 Allentown Road died at 4:27 p.m., Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at his home.

Born June 26, 1932 in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, he was a son of Leo James and Martina Mary McGuire McKeown. He married Paulina Ann Parker on April 7, 1956 in Mt. Sterling.

Surviving are his wife; 3 sons, Mark Edward (Tracy) McKeown, James Richard McKeown, and Michael Shawn (Heidi) McKeown, all of Pekin; 1 daughter, Janelle (Sam) Dantone of Pekin; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Betty L. (Glen) South of Ft. Worth, Texas and Mary Ellen McKeown of Capitan, New Mexico.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. McKeown was employed by Peoria and Pekin Union Railroad for 35 years, retiring on May 6, 1994 as a switchman. He was a member of the United Trainmen Union, St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin, the National Rifle Association and was formerly a member of VFW Post #2078 in East Peoria.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he received the Korean service medal, 3 bronze stars, the United Nations service medal, and a National Defense service medal.

His hobbies included collecting antiques, old advertising, Keen Cutter and Winchester tools and attending flea markets, gun shows, and auctions. An avid Civil War enthusiast, he enjoyed shooting black powder guns and trap shooting. During the 1980ís he wrote articles about tools for "the Collector" magazine.

A Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2002 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mt. Sterling. Burial will be in St. Maryís Cemetery in Mt. Sterling. Visitation will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Friday at Hendricker Funeral Home, 406 S. Capitol Ave., Mt. Sterling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimerís Association Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Ave., Peoria, IL 61614 OR the St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, 300 S. 6th St., Pekin, IL 61554

Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

CLIFFORD J. BENNETT
(1935~2002)

MANITO ~ Clifford J. Bennett, 66, of 74 Maple Lane, died at 12:49 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at Pekin Hospital.

Born June 17, 1935 in Woodland to Stahl and Irene Rodgers Bennett, he married Esther Glyndean "Glenna" Heflin on March 9, 1981 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Randy Bennett of New Mexico, Rick (Radona) Bennett of Manito and Clifford Bennett of Marion; two daughters, Marsha (Butch) Taylor of Marion and Cathy Lindsey of Dallas, Texas; two step-sons, Flint (Bonnie) Keyes of Pekin and Jason (Becky) Jester of Manito; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, David Bennett of Delphi, Indiana; one sister, Bernice Haley of South Carolina. He also leaves his foster mother who helped raise him, Ruth Van Gronigen of Ohio.

His parents; one infant daughter (Pamela Bennett); and one brother preceded him in death.

He was a retired member of the Teamsters and Chauffeurs Union Local 627 in Peoria, where he worked out of for 20 years, last working in 1982.

He then worked as the environmental director at the Beechwood Health Care Center in Pekin (now Pekin Living and Rehabilitation) from 1983 to 1995.

A mechanic, he enjoyed working on motors.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Private graveside services will be Friday, January 25, 2002 at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. The Rev. Leroy Heflin, his brother-in-law, will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association of Illinois, 3000 Kelly Lane, Springfield, Illinois 62707.

BETTY M. BROWN
(1928~2002)

CREVE COEUR ~ Betty Margaret Brown, 73, of 701 Fischer Road, Lot 420, Creve Coeur, died at 8:47 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at her residence.

Born September 30, 1928 in Virginia, Illinois to Cecil and Mable Force Griffin, she married Basil Gordon "Brownie" Brown on July 5, 1949 in Clay County, Arkansas. He died May 8, 1995 in San Benito, Texas. Two brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Gordon L. (Melanie) Brown of Houston, Texas and David A. (Gayle) Brown of Peoria; one daughter, Brenda K. (Robert) Peacock of Creve Coeur; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Liz Shoemaker of Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Mrs. Brown worked for Peoria School District #150 for several years as a lunch lady, retiring in 1980 from Peoria Central High School.

She was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in San Benito, Texas.

She collected Santa Clausí, raised roses, and enjoyed going to garage sales.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2002 at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia, Illinois. Major James V. Curl will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Hospice Services, 530 Northeast Glen Oak Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61637.

MICHAEL S. COLLINS
(1958~2002)

PEKIN ~ Michael Scot Collins, 43, of 1411 Peoria Street, Apartment 10, Pekin, was pronounced dead at 8:10 p.m. Monday, January 21, 2002 at his residence.

He was born April 4, 1958 in Peoria to L. Chester and Evelyn Nafziger Collins, Jr.

Surviving are his mother of Peoria; one brother, Chip Collins of East Peoria; three sisters, Lyneve C. (Steve) Wunning and Trudy A. Faries, both of Peoria, and Cathie E. (Mark) Holm of Lyons, Colorado; four nieces; two nephews; and one grandnephew.

His father preceded him in death.

He owned and operated Mikeís Lawn Care in Pekin.

He was of the Methodist Faith.

He enjoyed playing the guitar and weightlifting.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, January 25, 2002 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Sigurd N. Bjorklund will officiate. Cremation has been accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 2675 Allentown Road, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

LOWELL D. EYE
(1920~2002)

PEKIN ~ Lowell D. Eye, 81, of 1547 Redbud Circle, Radcliff, Kentucky, was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002 at his residence. He was formerly of Pekin.

Born November 14, 1920 in Olin, Iowa to John Orin and Carrie Ellen Davis Eye, he married Thelma V. Gray on February 24, 1940 in Fort Madison, Iowa. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Dennis R. (Diane) Eye of Pekin; one daughter, Judy K. Lowery of Grants Pass, Oregon; ten grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and one sister, Wanda (Cline) Emmons of Pekin.

His parents, two brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death.

He was a World War II United States Navy veteran.

Mr. Eye worked at Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville for 31 years, retiring in 1972 as a wire drawer. He then was the manager of shoe departments at various retail stores for Baker Shoe Company, last working in Elizabethtown, Kentucky in 1998.

He was a member of AARP and the Church of the Nazarene in Radcliff, Kentucky, where he had served on many committees and had taught Sunday school. He was a former member of the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, where he had served on many committees, taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and had helped coach the church basketball and softball teams.

He enjoyed reading.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene, where visitation will be one hour prior to services. The Rev. Greg D. Mason will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin First Church of the Nazarene or the Church of the Nazarene in Radcliff, Kentucky.

BARBARA E. SIMONDS
(1970~2002)

EAST PEORIA ~ Barbara Ellen Simonds, 31, of 448 Mill Point Park, Lot 41, East Peoria, died at 8:53 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born March 11, 1970 in Charleston, West Virginia to Samuel Alton and Joan Kay Kidd Simonds.

Surviving are her mother, Joan K. Simonds of Peoria; father, Samuel A. Simonds of Amma, West Virginia; one daughter, Jessica J. Mueller at home; one son, Brodie J. Mueller at home; one brother, Sam Simonds of Peoria Heights; three sisters, Tammy L. Armstrong of Peoria Heights, Paula A. Thebert of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Jennifer J. Simonds of Peoria; and grandfather, Malcolm Kidd of East Peoria.

She was preceded in death by one brother (Clifford W. Simonds) and her fiancé, Jason J. Mueller (who also was the father of her children).

A homemaker, she enjoyed drawing and writing poetry.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. The Rev. John E. Plunkett will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to a fund for her children in care of any CEFCU Member Center.

CHARLES M. TROTTER
(1928~2002)

PEKIN ~ Charles M. Trotter, 73, of 1430 Matilda Street, died at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, January 17, 2002 at Sharon Pines Health Care in Peoria.

Born July 20, 1928 in Wayne County to Charles G. and Verdia Mae Brummet Trotter, he married Geraldine Fleeharty on July 29, 1950 in Cisne. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dennis W. (Yolonna Jo) Trotter and Roy L. Trotter, both of Pekin; one daughter, Sharon L. (David) Ziebold of Peoria; four grandchildren, Carrie Ann (Nathan) Baumann of Bloomington, Shelley Marie Ziebold, Sarah Marie Trotter, both of Pekin and Daniel Allen Ziebold of Peoria.

One brother preceded him in death in infancy.

He was a Korean War Army veteran.

He retired from Caterpillar, Inc. on April 1, 1981 after 32 years of service, last working at the Mapleton Foundry in material controls.

He enjoyed camping.

He was a member of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints in Pekin.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Elder Clayton H. Denning will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to his church, 1603 Market Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554 or to Harbor Light Hospice.

EARL E. BROWN
(1929~2002)

PEKIN ~ Earl Eugene Brown, 72, of 1606 Koch Street, Pekin, died at 4:55 p.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Pekin Hospital. He was formerly of 28 River Drive in North Pekin.

Born March 12, 1929 in East Saint Louis to Earl and Bernice Smith Brown, he married Peggy Delores Taylor on June 9, 1950 in Cutler. She died July 7, 1999 in Pekin. One brother and two sisters also preceded him in death.

Surviving are three sons, Michael B. (Beverly) Brown of Peoria, and Mark A. Brown and Richard K. "Rick" Brown, both of Pekin; and four granddaughters.

A United States Navy veteran, he served from 1946 to February 20, 1948.

Mr. Brown had worked as a salesman at Leoís Furniture and Appliance and later at Neilís Furniture and Appliance, both in downtown Pekin. He later was a custodian at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. He last tended bar at the AMVETS Post in North Pekin for 5 years, retiring in 1998. He also was a policeman in North Pekin during the 1970ís.

He was a member of the Paul Towne Memorial AMVETS Post #169 in North Pekin.

He enjoyed oil painting.

Graveside services will be at Noon Tuesday at the Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield with Military honors by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County. There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the PBA Widowís and Childrenís Fund in care of Patrolmanís Benevolent Association, 40 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038-1850.

RUSSELL E. BABCOCK
(1913~2002)

EAST PEORIA ~ Russell Edward Babcock, 89, of 2220 State Street in Pekin, formerly of 231 Elizabeth Street in East Peoria, died at 8:04 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2002 at the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria.

Born January 13, 1913 in Wyoming, Illinois to Merwin Louis and Bertha Ellen Neu Babcock, he married Edna Marie Marvel on November 2, 1931 in East Peoria. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Marjorie M. Bort of East Peoria and Marilee J. (Charles) Beach of Creve Coeur; five grandsons; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; one sister, Martha E. Marvel of Pekin and one brother, Milton E. (Edith) Babcock of Topeka.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, Larry R. Babcock; one grandson, Dennis Beach; two brothers and one sister.

He was a truck driver for Wickert Bros. Transfer in Peoria for 26 years, retiring in 1976. He previously farmed in the Wyoming and Toulon areas. He also worked at Caterpillar, Inc. during World War II and worked for the Champion Furnace Company in Peoria during the 1930ís.

He was a retired member of Teamsters and Chauffeurs Union Local No. 627 in Peoria.

He was a member of the Highview Church of God in Washington, where he bowled on the church team for many years and did the yardwork for several years.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Creve Coeur Chapel. The Rev. Galen E. Courtright and the Rev. Donald G. Zumwalt will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donorís choice.

TINA MARIE DAVIS
(1964~2002)

PEKIN ~ Tina Marie Davis, 37, of 711 Summer St., died at 8:42 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2002 at her home.

Born April 4, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was a daughter of Norman and Bernice Labbee Davis.

Surviving are her father and step-mother, Norman and Darlene Davis of New Douglas, IL; her mother, Bernice Benassi of Pekin; her paternal grandmother, Norma Davis of St. Charles, Missouri; 1 daughter, Kassie Sharp of Pekin; 1 son, Shawn Sharp of Pekin; 3 brothers, Douglas Davis of Pekin; Randy Davis and Norman Davis, both of New Douglas; and 1 sister, Debra Morrison of Phoenix, Arizona.

She was preceded death by both grandfathers and her maternal grandmother.

Cremation will be accorded. Memorial services will be at 5 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. David Rodden will officiate. There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Harbor Light Hospice, Inc., 416 St. Mark Court, Peoria, IL 61603.

DOROTHY M. HELMICK
(1931~2002)

PEKIN ~Dorothy M. Helmick, 70, of Pekin died at 11:02 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2002 at Pekin Hospital.

She was born February 25, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Martin and Catherine Roth Louwers. She married Wilbur L.Helmick on January 11, 1949 in Pekin. He died February 17, 2001 in Pekin. Also preceding her in death were 1 brother, Larry Louwers; and 3 sisters, Kay Barrows, Marilyn Machmueller, and Ann Johnson.

Surviving are 1 son, Michael L. (Diana) Helmick of Pekin; 2 daughters, Deborah M. Helmick and Kelly A. Helmick, both of Pekin; 3 grandchildren; and 1 sister, Carol (Cliff) Simpkins of Pekin.

A homemaker, Mrs. Helmick enjoyed cooking, reading, and working crossword puzzles. She was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday, January 14, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin chapel. Rev. Judy Doyle will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to TAPS.

RONALD W. JOHNS
(1937~2002)

PEKIN ~ Ronald William Johns, 64, of 208 Harriet Street in Pekin, died at 8:32 p.m. January 10, 2002 at Pekin Hospital.

Born March 1, 1937 in Pekin to William Oscar and Bernice Agnes Bandy Johns, he married Donna Lee Jacovich on June 28, 1958 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother of Pekin; one son, Jeffrey L. (Ladonna) Johns of Green Valley; one daughter, Janelle M. (Dirk) Sours of Pekin; three grandchildren, Ryan J. Johns of Green Valley, Bayley M. Sours and Brody E. Sours, both of Pekin and one sister, Marjorie L. Pfanz of Pekin.

His father preceded him in death.

He was a 1956 graduate of Pekin Community High School.

He retired in 1994 from Keystone Steel and Wire Company in Bartonville after 33 years of service, where he worked in the wire mill making barbed wire. He previously worked in the family plastering business, Johns & Larson Cement Finishers in Pekin. He also previously worked for the Botello & Maxey Service Station in Pekin.

He was a member of the Pekin Moose Lodge No. 916 and Pekin Eagles Aerie No. 1869. He participated in programs at the Pekin Hospital Wellness Center.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Gaylord E. Buss and Rev. Thomas Brajkovich will officiate. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Hospital Wellness Center.

WILLIAM J. BOLLEGAR
(1931~2002)

MANITO ~ William James Bollegar, 70, of 36 Rustic Lane, rural Manito, died at 10:36 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at Pekin Hospital Emergency Room.

Born May 6, 1931 in Pekin to Clarence and Elizabeth Kuecks Bollegar, he married Stella J. Burch on December 9, 1951 in Pekin. She survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael J. Bollegar of Baylis; one daughter, Brenda L. Stone of Manito; five grandchildren, Trent J. Bollegar of Manito, William M. Bollegar of Baylis, Vanessa L. Bollegar of Havana, Joshua J. Bollegar and Elaina M. Bollegar, both of Paloma; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clyde Bollegar of Morton and Robert (Myrna) Bollegar of Peoria and one sister, E. Mae (Fred) Moran of Tremont.

His parents preceded him in death.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

He retired in 1990 from Caterpillar, Inc. after 27 years of service, last working on the paint line in East Peoria. He previously worked for Carl & Nichols Shell Service in Pekin for many years.

He was a retired member of the United AutoWorkers Local 974; a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club and a former member of the Pekin Moose Lodge No. 916.

He was of the Baptist faith.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Tim Najpaver will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military graveside services will accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Baptist Church or to the American Cancer Society.

A. LUCILLE WERTZ
(1914~2002)

PEKIN ~ Anna Lucille "Ceil" Wertz, 87, of Pekin, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2002 at Pekin Hospital.

Born August 8, 1914 in Isabel Township, Fulton County to Frank and Olive Edwards Belles, she married Robert Soady on June 14, 1936 in Pekin. He died July 14, 1980 in Pekin. She later married Harold Eugene Wertz on July 31, 1982 in Pekin. He died June 19, 1998 in Pekin. One brother and one sister also preceded her in death.

Surviving are two step-sons, Mark E. (Kris) Wertz and Lynn H. Wertz, both of Pekin; and two step-granddaughters, Alissa L. Wertz and Lauren M. Wertz, both of Pekin.

Mrs. Wertz did sewing and alterations in her home for many years. She also taught sewing.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin and its United Methodist Women. She was a former member and president of the Pekin Womenís Club. She was a former member of the Pekin YWCA. She also was a former member and past vice president of the Blue-Tri Club in Pekin.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2002 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Gaylord E. Buss will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 503 North 4th Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

PHYLLIS J. GAMBETTI
(1935~2002)

PEKIN ~ Phyllis Jean Gambetti, 66, of 1505 South 3rd Street in Pekin, died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2002at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born April 13, 1935 in Pekin to Henry James and Adeline Emma Tuffentsamer Tennell, she married Pete A. Gambetti on April 25, 1953 in Pekin. He survives.

Also surviving are her mother of Pekin; three sons, Mark A. (Casey) Gambetti, David L. (Stacia) Gambetti and Michael P. (Jill) Gambetti, all of Pekin; six grandchildren; one sister, Jean (Chuck) Wagner of Kouts, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

Her father, one brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

She and her husband managed the Knights of Columbus Hall in Pekin for several years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin.

Her funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2002 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pekin. The Rev. James E. Kruse will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, with a Christian wake service at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School in Pekin.

EVELYN M. BURNETT
(1926~2002)

CREVE COEURóEvelyn May Burnett, 75, of 317 Dempsey St. died at 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at her home.

She was born April 1, 1926 in Mt. Vernon, Iowa to Albert and Frances Kubchek Herring. She married Rolland L. Burnett, Sr. on June 26, 1944 in Peoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband on November 29, 1990 in Peoria; 1 daughter, Golda Lee Burnett in January 1947; 2 sisters and 1 brother.

Surviving are 1 daughter, Bonnita Steidel and 1 son, Rolland L. "Butch" Burnett, Jr., both of Peoria; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Burnett was employed as a pressman at S.W. Means Laundry Company in Peoria for 10 years during the late 1960ís and early 1970ís. She was a member of Creve Coeur Christian Church where she taught summer bible school, worked in the food pantry and was a member of of Helping Hands. She attended Riverside Community Church in Peoria where she did volunteer work in the church office. She also did volunteer work at Washington Christian Village Nursing Home.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2002 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur chapel. Rev. John E. Plunkett and Rev. John King will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

THORNROSE SPRINGMAN
(1925~2002)

PEKIN ~ Thornrose Springman, 76, of 108 Elm Street, North Pekin, died at 2:50 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2002 at her residence.

Born May 23, 1925 in Maplewood, Missouri to Elmer and Elizabeth Hill Lindsay, she married Paul Springman on June 12, 1943 in Salem, Missouri. He survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert D. (Patricia) Springman of Pekin; three daughters, Beverly Springman of North Pekin, Rebecca Sue Morgan of Salem, Missouri, and Jennifer L. (Duc) Nguyen of Marquette Heights; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Milton C. (Nancy) Lindsay of Overland, Missouri.

Her parents, one granddaughter, two brothers, and one half-sister preceded her in death.

A homemaker, she raised African Violets and assorted flowers. She enjoyed quilting, bowling, and square and round dancing.

She was a member of the First Missionary Church of North Pekin and the Homemakers Extension Association in Tazewell County. She was a former member of the Pekin Women of the Moose No. 673.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 10, 2002 at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Robert Taylor and the Rev. Patrick A. Eby will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Pekin Fire Department, 236 South Main Street, North Pekin, Illinois 61554 or the Shrinerís Hospital for Children, 2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60707-3392.

GRACE M. CARTER
(1912~2002)

PEKIN ~ Grace Marion Carter, 89, of 1215 Florence Avenue, Apartment 3, Pekin, died at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002 at Pekin Hospital.

Born June 9, 1912 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts to John R. and Nellie Storey Christie, she married Charles Wilgus Carter on December 23, 1939 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Surviving are one daughter, Pamela C. (Peter "Pete") Xanos of Pekin; and two grandchildren, Bradley T. (Kelli) Xanos of Pekin and Tiffany C. Xanos of Chicago.

Her parents, six brothers, and four sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Carter worked for Superior Electric Products in Cape Girardeau, Missouri as an office clerk from 1948 until retiring in 1975.

She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and had attended Saint Paulís Episcopal Church in Pekin.

She enjoyed painting and reading.

Cremation will be accorded. There will be no services or visitation.

Arrangements are by the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Illinois Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, 2621 North Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61604.

MARY E. HALL
(1916~2002)

TREMONT ~ Mary Elizabeth Hall, 85, of 22454 Illinois Route 9, Tremont, died at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday, January 1, 2002 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Born October 6, 1916 in Puryear, Tennessee to James Thomas and Matilda Elizabeth Cole Driver, she married Henry Hudson "Shorty" Hall on September 6, 1942 in Hernando, Mississippi. He died December 4, 1995 in Tremont. She was also preceded in death by one grandson (John H. Turner), five brothers, and two sisters.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth F. "Fran" Hall of Tremont and Martha N. "Marti" (Lou) Turner of Ramsey; one son, Henry H. "Hank" Hall of Tremont; one granddaughter, Mary L. (Tom) Stephens of Ramsey; one granddaughter-in-law, Valerie A. Turner of Ramsey; two step-grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hall had been an Avon Cosmetic Representative in the Tremont area for many years.

She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Pekin, where she was a member of the Womenís Ministries and Sunshinerís Group, and taught Sunday school for many years.

She enjoyed crocheting and sewing.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 4, 2002 at the First Assembly of God in Pekin. The Rev. Quinn E. McKenzie and Rev. David A. Carrington will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Burial will be in Spring Lake Cemetery in rural Manito.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Womenís Ministries or Sunshinerís Group at First Assembly of God, 1209 North Parkway Drive, Pekin, Illinois 61554.


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