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From the Pekin Times, April 28, 2001
 
Edgar McClister 

MACKINAW - Edgar "Kilby" McClister, 88, of 512 E. Madison St., died at 2:40 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Morton Villa.

James Ackman 

NEW HOLLAND - James W. Ackman, 80, of New Holland, died at 7:36 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, in the emergency room at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

Michael Bennett 

LAWN RIDGE - Michael Brent Bennett, 53, of 23303 N. Route 40, died at 1:40 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, at his residence.

Florence Esselman 

HAVANA - Florence K. Esselman, 92, of 414 E. Adams, died at 7:40 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.

Verlie Williamson 

CUBA - Verlie M. Williamson, 90, a resident of Heartland Health Care Center of Canton, died there at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001. She was formerly of 403 S. Second in Cuba.

Ronald Stockman 

GLASFORD - Ronald Lee Stockman, 66, of 10505 Glasford Road, died at 11:22 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.

John Lahman 

BONIFAY, Fla. - John W. Lahman, 76, a resident of Bonifay since 1971, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2001, at his residence. He was formerly of Pekin.

Mary Combis 

PEKIN - Mary Elizabeth Combis, 71, of 1215 S. 10th St., died at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, April 26, 2001, at her residence.

From the Pekin Times, June 29, 2001

August Lescher Jr.

PEKIN -- A change in the burial site and additional employment information have been received for August W. Lescher Jr., 97, of 14347 Mennonite Road.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Schmidt-Haller Funeral Parlors in East Peoria. Burial will be in Zion Evangelical United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pekin.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Mennonite Church in Pekin, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Lescher worked as a farmer in the Tazewell County area and as a coal miner.
He died Thursday, June 14, 2001.

Vinson Walls

PEKIN -- Vinson S. Walls, 79, of Pekin, died at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Pekin Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. The Rev. Mark A. Miller will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tributes Program, Department 77-3968, Chicago, IL 60678-3968.

Louise Olson

PEKIN -- Louise E. Olson, 94, of Pekin, died at 12:44 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was formerly of Delavan and Ipava.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Paul D. Balaban will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 25, 1907, in Delavan to Gustav and Helena Reich Hartwig. She married Eignar Roy Olson on June 29, 1929, in Delavan.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Oct. 12, 1971, in Ipava; three brothers and two sisters.
Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, including George F. (Mary) Connett of East Peoria, who helped care for her.
Olson and her husband farmed near Ipava for many years. She also worked as a nurse's aide at Mason District Hospital in Havana during the 1960s. She retired in 1972.
She was a member of the Tazewell County Farm Bureau and the Royal Neighbors of America Camp 2750 in Mackinaw.
She was of the Lutheran faith.

Ralph Thomas

MASON CITY -- Ralph C. Thomas, 64, of 405 E. Jefferson, Apt. 11, died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana. The Rev. Larry Rodgers will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following services.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forest Park Oncology Unit at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born July 24, 1935, in Easton to Raymond A. and Viola Vannaken Thomas.
Surviving are one daughter, Royce (Paul) Skowronski of Buckeye, Ariz.; two granddaughters, and three brothers, John Thomas of Easton, Carl Thomas of Delavan and Delbert Thomas of Tremont.
Thomas worked as a construction supervisor for 23 years with Babcock & Wilcox and McDermitt International, where he built hydroelectric and fossil fuel power plants.
He was a member of the Teamsters Local 674 and the Masonic Lodge, both in Pekin.

James Buckley

HAVANA -- James E. Buckley, 73, of 609 N. Harpham St., died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana. The Rev. T. Wesley Burns will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
He was born May 13, 1928, in Mason County to Charles B. and Nellie Thomas Buckley.
Surviving are five brothers, Delbert (Judy) Buckley and Donald Buckley, both of Havana, Herbert Buckley and Robert Buckley, both of Texas, and Gerald Buckley of Aurora; three sisters, Wanda Cooper of Havana, Donna Jason of Peoria and Bonnie Henderson of Canton; one half sister, Esther DuChane of Topeka, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Buckley worked at various local restaurants and bowling alleys until his retirement.
He was a member of the Havana Church of the Nazarene.

Ruth Thorne

HAVANA -- Ruth E. Thorne, 83, of 609 N. Harpham St., died at 4:53 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Mason District Hospital in Havana. She was formerly of Mason City.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hurley Funeral Home in Havana. The Rev. Randall Paine will officiate. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Havana Healthcare Center, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born Oct. 26, 1917, in Charleston to Roy and Beatrice Clark Chambers. She married Wilbur A. Thorne on March 24, 1956.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 4, 2000, and one infant daughter, Annette.
Surviving are two daughters, Rita Neiswinter of Savannah, Ga., and Gail Swayne of Peoria; one stepdaughter, Thelma Langley of Phoenix, Ariz.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one half brother, Jack Chambers of Charleston, and one half sister, Marge Vawter of Oklahoma.
Thorne owned and operated Thorne Tax Service in Mason City for many years.

Rolland Richardson

GENESEO -- Rolland J. "Rollie" Richardson, 78, of Geneseo, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at his residence. He was formerly of Pekin.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wright Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, 405 W. First St., Geneseo. The Rev. David Bultemeier will officiate. Burial will be in Western Township Cemetery in Orion.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, or to the Kewanee Hospital Hospice.
He was born Dec. 9, 1922, in St. Louis to George W. and Lena Zabel Richardson. He married Elsie A. Sturdevant on Sept. 20, 1942, in Orion.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Ann (Eugene) Hollon of Springfield, Mo., and Ruth Burnett of Jacksonville, Ark.; three sons, Ned (Kay) Richardson of Galva, Lee Richardson of Bristol, Conn., and Paul (Mandy) Richardson of Peoria; 17 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one great-grandson.
Richardson was employed from 1943 to 1960 at the former IHC Farmall Works in Rock Island, where he held various positions including timekeeper; production planner; wage and classification analyst and labor relations investigator. He later worked as a chief industrial engineer at the former Moline Iron Workers and as a personnel manager and labor relations negotiator at the former Buddy L. Corp. toy factories in East Moline and Neosho, Mo. He also was a former real estate broker.
In 1970, he was employed by the Illinois Department of Labor as an unemployment insurance claims adjudicator in the Rock Falls office. He was appointed manager of the State Unemployment Insurance office in Pekin in 1972 and worked there until his retirement in 1983.
He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo and the Henry County and Lee County Genealogical societies, and a former member and director on the Foundation Board of the University United Methodist Church in Peoria.
He also was a former member of the Illinois Adjudicators Association; Pekin Community Concert Series Board; Illinois State Genealogical Society; Ogle County Genealogical Society; Sunset Hills Country Club in Pekin and the Geneseo Country Club.
He was an avid golfer.

Vivian Kitchell

SPARTA, Mo. -- Vivian May Kitchell, 74, of rural Sparta, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo., following a long illness. She was formerly of Pekin.
Funeral services were held June 16 at Selmore Christian Church in Selmore, Mo. The Rev. Dennis Rutledge officiated. Burial was in Selmore Cemetery.
Adams Funeral Home in Ozark, Mo., handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Selmore Christian Church.
She was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Mackinaw to Arthur and Letha Gunion Puterbaugh. She married the Rev. Conrad Kitchell on Aug. 12, 1956, in Pekin.
Surviving are her husband; three children, Kevin Lee Kitchell, at home, Eric (Dawn) Kitchell of Washington, Mo., and Kathy Mays of Ozark; four grandchildren; one sister, Lavonne (Donald) Meinen of Pekin; one brother, Leslie "Bud" (Joanne) Puterbaugh of Roach, Mo.; several nieces and nephews, and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
A homemaker, Kitchell had worked as an insurance underwriter and supported her husband in his Christian ministry.
She was a member of the Selmore Christian Church and the TOPS Club in Ozark.
She was a former member of First Christian Church in Pekin.

Harry Hoffert Sr.

SEDALIA, Mo. -- Harry Carl Hoffert Sr., 85, of Sedalia, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Four Seasons Care Center in Sedalia.
Funeral services were held at 10 this morning at Ewing Funeral Home in Sedalia. Mike Cormican, pastor, officiated. Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United States Air Force Museum Foundation.
He was born Feb. 6, 1916, in Beason, Ill., to Henry E. and Anna Balster Hoffert. He married Eva Mae Hardy on Feb. 3, 1941, in St. Louis.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Harry C. Hoffert of Nixa, Mo.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Hoffert of Pekin, and one sister, Irma Ellis of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter and one sister.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939 and served in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1943 with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He then served with the U.S. Air Force in Korea and Southeast Asia from 1952 to 1957. He retired as a master sergeant from the Air Force in 1962 after 22 years of service.
Hoffert then worked for the Brunswick Corp. at Hilcrest Lanes from 1963 to 1968. He next worked for Palmer Tool Supply from 1968 to 1975.
He was a member of the Parkview Christian Church in Sedalia, Mo., and Knobnoster Lodge 245 AF & AM in Knobnoster, Mo., where he was a Master Mason.

Christine Nelson Barrett

EAST PEORIA -- Christine C. Nelson Barrett, 89, of 2325 Cole St., died at 9:25 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at ManorCare at Riverview in East Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria. The Rev. Ritch Boerckel and the Rev. Alvin Gage will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria, to the Child Evangelism Fellowship, or to Camp Good News.
She was born Dec. 25, 1911, in Salem, Mo., to Charles A. and Elizabeth Jane Lough Nelson. She married James W. Barrett on May 29, 1938, in Salem.
She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 4, 1979, in Peoria.
Surviving are one daughter, Marilyn J. (Jim) Molzahn of Littleton, Colo.; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Jewell Radke of St. Louis; two nieces and one nephew.
Barrett was a director and teacher for the Child Evangelism Fellowship for 25 years, retiring in 1977.
She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Peoria, where she served on the State Board of Child Evangelism Fellowship for 30 years and taught Sunday school; Bible school; training classes and women's Bible study classes for more than 60 years. She also was a volunteer in many areas at the church.

David Malone

MINIER -- David Leon Malone, 63, of 307 S. Eastern Ave., died at 12:15 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mackinaw United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dan Powers will officiate. Burial will be in Mackinaw Township Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born April 23, 1938, in Marked Tree, Ark., to G. Robert and Nettie M. Lillard Malone. He married Sharon E. Isaac on Aug. 26, 1959, in Smithville, Ark.
Surviving are his wife; his mother of Sidney, Ark.; two sons, David W. Malone and Bruce A. (Julia) Malone, both of Minier; one daughter, Patsy (Randy) Davis of Mackinaw; four grandchildren; one brother, Bill Malone of Sidney, Ark., and two sisters, Shire Haley of Zion, Ark., and Faye Cole of Sidney, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Malone last worked for Troyer Seed in Minier as a laborer for 10 years. He previously worked out of Laborers Local 231 in Pekin for 19 years.
He attended Mackinaw United Methodist Church.
He was a member of the Armington Sportsmans Club.

Hazel Burgard

EAST PEORIA -- Hazel Burgard, 96, of 500 Centennial Drive, died at 9:55 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, at ManorCare at Riverview in East Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Chuck Wilcox will officiate. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Hospice in Peoria.
She was born Dec. 12, 1904, in Higbee, Mo., to Charles and Mary Ellen Daniels Russell. She married Arthur LeRoy Burgard Sr. on Oct. 30, 1929, in Springfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband in October of 1973 in Denver; two sons; one grandson; two great-grandsons, and three brothers.
Surviving are one daughter, Delores Lavaux of Washington; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Burgard worked for Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for 27 years as a machine operator, retiring on Jan. 1, 1969.
She was a member of the Caterpillar Retirees Club and the United Auto Workers Local 974 Retirees Club in East Peoria.

C. Wayne Plank

DELAVAN -- Claude Wayne Plank, 56, of 807 Cedar St., died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Prairie Rest Cemetery in Delavan, where military services will be conducted. The Rev. Jim Thomas will officiate.
Friends may call from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Davis Mortuary in Delavan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Girls & Boys Town, P.O. Box 7000, Boys Town, NE 68010.
He was born Oct. 11, 1944, in Pekin to Champ and Bertie Watkins Plank. He married Phyllis Marshall on June 1, 1967, in Lincoln.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Diane (Adam) Teasley of Boys Town and one sister, Louise (Harry) Thompson of Emden.
He was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Plank.
Plank was employed with Caterpillar Inc. in Morton.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving with the Air Police during the Vietnam War.
He held membership in a Christian church.

Mattie Bloss

MORTON -- Mattie B. Bloss, 74, of 304 Paris Ave., died at 11:17 a.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded. No services will be held.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home in Morton handled arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in East Peoria.
She was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Ethridge, Tenn., to Earl and Burma Jones Brewer. She married Harry L. Bloss on Jan. 12, 1968, in East Peoria.
Surviving are her husband and one sister, Mary (Richard) Sladky of Kingston, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
Bloss worked at Caterpillar Inc. Parts Distribution Center in Morton for 35 years, retiring in 1989 as an authorization analyst.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in East Peoria; Morton Home Extension; Fondulac Ladies Golf League; Quail Meadows Nine Hole Golf League, and the Knitting Guild of America.

From the Pekin Times, August 14, 2001
 

Sydney Flaugher 

TOPEKA - Sydney Mikayla Hope Flaugher, infant daughter of Aimee Himmelrick and Sean M. Flaugher of 23096 CR2350N, was stillborn at 2:36 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

Judith Brown 

PEKIN - Judith A. Brown, 47, of 1211 Oak Ridge Ave., died at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, in the emergency room at Pekin Hospital.

Edith Elliott-Kempster 

CANTON - Edith M. Elliott-Kempster, 96, of 1520 El Camino Drive, died at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at Pekin Manor in Pekin. She was formerly of Canton.

Rose Vierling 

MORTON - Rose Lydia Vierling, 85, of 221 N. Indiana Ave., died at 4;30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.

Eva Marie Rupp 

CHILLICOTHE - Eva Marie Rupp, 33, of 1819 Cutright, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She was formerly of Washington.

Carl 'Jerry' Jarrett 

BARTONVILLE - Carl W. "Jerry" Jarrett, 74, of Bartonville, died at 6:32 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, in Methodist Medical Center.

Mary Ellen Sheehan 

PEORIA - Mary Ellen Sheehan, 80, of Hopedale Commons, died at 1:06 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at Hopedale Hospital. She was formerly of Peoria.

Thurman Peck 

PEKIN - F. Thurman Peck, 91, of 601 Prince St., died at 11:12 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2001, at Pekin Hospital. He was formerly of 730 Park Ave.


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