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From the Pekin Times, August 4, 2001

'Tuck' Woulfe

MANITO -- Donald Wayne "Tuck" Woulfe, 48, of 1017 S. Collins St., died at 4:40 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Forest City Community Church. The Rev. Thomas B. Guengerich will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 tonight at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Hospice Services in Peoria, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born June 3, 1953, in St. Elmo to Donald F. and Delight A. Rhodes Woulfe. He married Barbara A. Riley on Feb. 9, 1981, in Pekin.
Surviving are his wife; his mother, Delight A. Callaway of Pekin; one son, Eric R. (Michelle) Madden of Pekin; one daughter, Amber N. Woulfe of Manito; three grandchildren; four brothers, Danny (Sherry) Woulfe and David (Gail) Woulfe, both of Green Valley, Robert Woulfe of Manito and Randy (Pam) Callaway of Pekin, and four sisters, Cathy (Dave) Snider of Manito, Debbie (Bill) Kirk of Armington, Tina (George) Rudd of Glasford and Tami Frye of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Woulfe was employed at Caterpillar Inc. as a chipper at the Mapleton Foundry for seven years, last working in February.
He was a diehard Indianapolis Colts football fan.

Hattie Miller

GERMANTOWN HILLS -- Hattie M. Miller, 73, of 1268 N. Skyview Drive, died at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora. Jim Ridings will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Metamora.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Springfield, or to the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center 1700 Oncology Unit in Peoria.
She was born May 4, 1928, in Mount Erie to Raymond and Rada Travers Wardell. She married Elbert Miller on Feb. 13, 1949, in Mount Erie.
She was preceded in death by her husband on April 17, 1995, in Metamora.
Surviving are two daughters, Chris (Bill) Fisher of Tremont and Alice (Tom) Esh of York, Pa.; five grandchildren; three brothers, John Wardell of Palatine, Bob (Chris) Walter of Athens, Ohio, and Pete (Tracy) Walter of Madrid, Iowa, and one sister, Mary Sue (Bob) Aaron of Grantsburg.
An elementary school teacher for 30 years, Miller taught with the Pekin School District and the Germantown Hills School District until her retirement.
She was a member of the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Springfield; Woodford County Retired Teachers Association; Illinois Retired Teachers Association; Illinois Reading Council, and the Metamora Women's Club.
She was a volunteer at the Wheels of Time Museum in Peoria.

Eva Longenecker

WASHINGTON -- Eva Mae Longenecker, 85, of 1110 Newcastle Road, died at 7:22 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2001, at Washington Christian Village.
Private graveside services will be held Thursday in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
There will be no visitation.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel, is handling arrangements.
She was born May 1, 1916, in Fairfield to George Reuben and Carrie Crews Doty.
Surviving are one brother, Jesse F. (Nancy) Doty of Green Valley, Ariz.; one sister, Florence (Thomas) Swords of Waverly, Ind., and three nieces.
She was preceded in death by one infant son; two brothers and one nephew.
Longenecker had worked as a licensed practical nurse in the Culver City, Calif., area for many years.

Jacob Ewing

MACKINAW -- Jacob E. "Jake" Ewing, 66, of 105 Giles Drive, died at 12:45 p.m. Monday, July 30, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at New Castle Bible Church in rural Mackinaw. The Rev. Dennis Schlappi will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Haensel Funeral Home in Mackinaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Castle Bible Church in rural Mackinaw, or to the American Cancer Society.
He was born Feb. 23, 1935, in Bloomington to Harold Edwin and Minnie May Ruper Ewing. He married Carol Ann Papenhause on Sept. 9, 1962, in Tremont.
Surviving are his wife; his father of East Peoria; one son, Roger Ewing of Mackinaw; one daughter, Lisa (Mike) Martens of Mackinaw; two grandchildren, and three stepbrothers, Harold Kenyon of Clinton, Tenn., Russell Kenyon of Lowpoint and Lawrence Kenyon of Germantown Hills.
He was preceded in death by his mother and two stepmothers, Helen Hopewell and Elsie Kenyon.
Ewing and his wife owned and operated Jake's Oak and Treasures in Mackinaw since 1983. He also worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 30 years, retiring from the Morton Parts Facility on March 1, 1994.
He served with the U.S. Army.

Alma Fishel Priest

MINIER -- Alma Fishel Huth Priest, 76, of 20 Osage Drive, Cherokee Village, Ark., died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System in Cherokee Village. She was formerly of Minier.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Highland, Ark. The Rev. Carl Faulkner will officiate. Burial will be in Baker Cemetery at Ozark Acres near Hardy, Ark.
Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel Funeral Services Inc. of Highland, Ark., is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor's choice.
She was born Feb. 27, 1925, in Shirley, Ill., to Miley V. and Helen Faye Campbell Fishel. She married Kenneth Huth on June 29, 1946. He preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1973.
She married Frank Priest on Sept. 24, 1981, in Hardy, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, John Huth; two sisters, and one brother.
Surviving are three sons, August (Ruth Ann) Huth of Bloomington, Walter (Yvonne) Huth of Ash Flat, Ark., and Kevin Huth of Cherokee Village, Ark.; two grandchildren, and four brothers, John (Laura) Fishel and Harley (Marilyn) Fishel, both of Morton, James (Carol) Fishel of Huntsville, Ark., and Harold (Mary) Fishel of Bloomington, Ind.
Priest was a member of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Highland, Ark.

Christine Hearne

EAST PEORIA -- Christine Minnie Hearne, 95, of 750 N. Main, died at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Fondulac Woods Health Care Center in East Peoria. She was formerly of Maryville.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Luke's First United Methodist Church in Maryville. The Rev. Tom Goodell will officiate. Burial will be in Fairlane Cemetery in Maryville.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church.
Schmidt-Haller Funeral Parlors in East Peoria is handling local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke's First United Methodist Church in Maryville, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born April 30, 1906, in Glen Carbon to Frank and Anna Kubicek Slemmer. She married Joseph "Tim" Hearne on March 4, 1928, in Carlinville.
She was preceded in death by her husband on March 8, 1975, in Belleville; one great-grandchild; three brothers, and three sisters.
Surviving are one son, Patrick (Mary) Hearne of East Peoria; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Hearne and her husband had owned and operated Hearnes Confectionery in Maryville. She also sewed leather flight jackets during World War II.
She was a charter member of St. Luke's First United Methodist Church in Maryville.

Giovanni Sanguedolce

PEKIN -- Giovanni "John" Sanguedolce, 66, of Backus, Minn., died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Cuyuna Medical Center in Crosby, Minn. He was formerly of Pekin.
Cremation has been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Longville Community Church in Longville, Minn. The Rev. Duane Brown will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Thomas-Dennis Funeral Home in Longville, Minn., is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Amyloidosis Research Fund at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
He was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Sala, Caserta, Italy, to Tommaso and Domenica Capasso Sanguedolce. He moved with his family to Pekin in 1955. He married Dianne Mulvey on Jan. 25, 1958.
Surviving are his wife of Backus, Minn.; three daughters, Jennifer (Thomas) Morrissey, Kara Morris and Melissa Sanguedolce, all of Pekin; one son, Thomas (Melissa Eickholt) Sanguedolce of Temple, Texas; three granddaughters; two grandsons; five sisters, Anna Sanguedolce, Lucia Baysinger, Concetta (August) Gingotti and Rita Burgener, all of Pekin, and Marea (Domenica) Iannucci of Casolla, Italy; one brother, Michele (Antonietta) Sanguedolce of Havana, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by one sister. 
Sanguedolce was employed with Caterpillar Inc. for 32 years until his retirement, when he moved to Backus, Minn., in 1992. He also was a volunteer fireman for Caterpillar and an auxiliary policeman in Pekin.
He was a member of the Longville Community Choir and the Italian-American Club in Pekin, where he served as past president. He also was second vice president of the Longville Lions Club.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Judy Stanfel

PEKIN -- Judy A. Stanfel, 60, of 2813 Elm St., Fargo, N.D., died Monday, July 30, 2001, at Meritcare Hospital in Fargo. She was formerly of Pekin.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. The Rev. Timothy Nolan will officiate.
There will be no visitation.
Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Hospital Foundation.
She was born Jan. 15, 1941, in Pekin to William Joseph and Joyce B. Bly Mefford. She married William Stanfel on Dec. 20, 1964, in Pekin.
Surviving are her husband; her mother of St. Charles, Mo.; one sister, Linda (Robert) Irwin of St. Peters, Mo.; one nephew and her godson, Travers Behlmer.
She was preceded in death by her father on Sept. 10, 1998, in Pekin.
Stanfel first worked as a surgical technician at Pekin Hospital for a short time. She then worked as a surgical registered nurse at West Suburban Hospital of Oak Park. She later worked as a surgical nurse at Dakota Hospital and was employed with Dakota Heartland Hospital.
She enjoyed observing birds and animals in the outdoors.

Edwin Tribbitt

TOPEKA -- Edwin Rex Tribbitt, 82, of 22682 CR 2800 E., rural Topeka, died at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Maas Funeral Home in Manito. The Rev. John Worsham will officiate. Burial will be in Meadow Lawn Cemetery in Manito.
Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Forman Ambulance Service in Manito, or Good Shepherd Baptist Church in rural Manito.
He was born Dec. 25, 1918, in Cherokee, Iowa, to George and Elizabeth Tribbitt. He married Pauline Smith Settles on April 20, 1968, in Manito.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Sept. 5, 1997; three brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are one son, Samuel E. (Barbara) Tribbitt of South Pekin; two daughters, Nora Tribbitt of Apopka, Fla., and Nona (Mike) Whitlock of Mesquite, Texas; one stepdaughter, Marie Brawner of Manito; eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.
Tribbitt first worked at Standard Brands in Pekin for 21 years. He later did construction and carpentry work out of Carpenters Local 644 in Pekin, of which he was a member.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a former member of Albright Missionary Baptist Church in Manito.

Dennis Clauson

CANTON -- Dennis Dean "Dinger" Clauson, 48, of 1675 E. Ash St., died at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington. The Rev. Gary Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in Penn Ridge Cemetery in rural Hanna City.
Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Trivoli Heritage Bank.
He was born Dec. 17, 1952, in Canton to Leal and Anna R. Wilhelm Clauson.
Surviving are his mother of Trivoli; four brothers, Steve Clauson of Hanna City, Danny Clauson of Glasford and David Clauson and Darin Clauson, both of Trivoli, and two sisters, Diane Ward of Trivoli and Denise Challacomb of Brimfield.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.
Clauson was a manager for Getz Manufacturing for 18 years.
He was a member of Farmington Moose Lodge 1571.

George Kinder

EAST PEORIA -- George Allen Kinder, 79, of 129 Matheny Road, died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. George Walker will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following services. Burial of the ashes will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Brimfield at a later date.
Friends may call two hours prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Hospice Services in Peoria.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Ramona, Okla., to James G. and Laura Martin Kinder. He married Donna Rae Cleary on Sept. 5, 1956, in Washington County, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 26, 1996, in East Peoria.
Surviving are one son, Scott (Larissa) Kinder of East Peoria; two daughters, Dawn (Kenneth "Tiger") Danz of Canton and Kim Kinder of Pekin; four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Kinder first worked for Interior Construction Systems in Peoria. He then worked at Caterpillar Inc. until his retirement on July 1, 1983. He last worked in maintenance for the Peoria County Health Department.
He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 974 in East Peoria and the Caterpillar Retirees Club.
He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Marquette Heights.

Debra Lavaux

WASHINGTON -- Debra K. "Debo" Lavaux, 47, of 302 Monterey, died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Private graveside services will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in rural Morton.
Friends may call three hours prior to services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Hospice Services in Peoria.
She was born March 9, 1954, in Peoria to Claude and Jo Ann Bayer Woods.
Surviving are her parents of Washington; one daughter, Carey Lavaux of Denver; two brothers, Scott (Barb) Woods of Washington and Tim (Karen) Woods of Decatur, and one sister, Terry Janes of Washington.
She was preceded in death by one infant son, Cameron, on Jan. 14, 1977, and one son, Branden, on April 18, 1995, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Lavaux had been office manager at Prevention Fire Protection in Morton for more than 20 years.
An avid bowler, she had participated in the Women's Bowling League at Plaza Lanes in Washington for many years and also participated each year in the annual Caddy Shack Tournament held at Pine Lakes Golf Course.
 

From the Pekin Times, August 25, 2001

Brandon Eairheart 

PEKIN -- Brandon Earl Eairheart, 86, of 100 Star Dust Drive, Sherman, died at 8:16 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was formerly of 1220 Royal Ave. in Pekin. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pekin Bible Church. The Rev. Richard W. Jones will officiate. Interment will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin, and one-half hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pekin Bible Church Building Fund. He was born Feb. 17, 1915, in La Fayette, Ky., to Finis and Lena Green Eairheart. He married Jessie Webster in November of 1942. She preceded him in death in October of 1967. He married Hazel Belk on Dec. 21, 1968, in Forest City. Surviving are his wife of Sherman; three brothers, David W. Eairheart of Camdenton, Mo., Eugene Eairheart of Rockford and Richard Eairheart of Texas, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. Eairheart worked for CPC International in Pekin for 40 years, retiring in September of 1972. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the Medical Corps. He was a member of Pekin Bible Church and the Pioneer Club of CPC in Pekin. 

Gregory Schaefer 

PEKIN -- Gregory James Schaefer, 53, of 1517 Norwood Ave., died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at his residence. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military services will be conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps. James P. Rafferty will officiate. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center Hospice, or to the Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, all in Peoria. He was born Nov. 24, 1947, in Pekin to James Albert and O. Charlotte Loveland Schaefer. He married Rena J. Wittrig on Nov. 30, 1991, in Pekin. Surviving are his wife; his parents of Pekin; one daughter, Tara (John) Sondag of Manito; one son, Todd Schaefer of Pekin; one stepdaughter, Angie (Brock) Woods of Morton; one stepson, Kenny (Cristin) Rassi II of Morton; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one brother, Tim (Elaine) Schaefer of Fargo, N.D., and three sisters, Becky (Randy) Dixon and Mary (Dave) Pope, both of Pekin, and Teresa (Phillip) Workman of Charlotte, N.C. Schaefer worked as a patrolman for the Pekin Police Department from 1969 to 1973 and as a deputy for the Tazewell County Sheriff's Department from 1973 to 1974. In 1974, he began employment with Caterpillar Inc., last working in October of 2000 as the investigations and security manager of Corporate Security Services. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from Jan. 18, 1966, to Jan. 17, 1969. He had served on the City of Pekin Police and Fire Commission from 1992 to 2000. He was a member of the Sunset Hills Golf Club in Pekin. He enjoyed golfing and reading. 

Glenn Gundy 

WASHINGTON -- Glenn Gundy, 95, of 1200 E. Partridge, Metamora, died at 3 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at Snyder Village in Metamora. He was formerly of 109 E. Jefferson in Washington. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Mennonite Church in Washington. The Rev. Verle Brubaker will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Washington. Friends may call from 6 to 8 tonight at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Snyder Village in Metamora, or to the Calvary Mennonite Church Youth Group in Washington. He was born Sept. 20, 1905, in Carlock to Albert and Bertha Rhodovi Gundy. He married Ruth G. Reichardt on June 15, 1927, in Aurora, Neb. Surviving are his wife of Metamora; one son, Homer (Janice) Gundy of Washington; two daughters, Glenda (Joseph) Rediger of Washington and Lois (Vernon) Reeb of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Dale Gundy in 1996 in Peoria; one brother and two sisters. Gundy retired as an assembler in equipment manufacturing in 1970 from Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria. He and his wife also raised and sold gladiolas for many years from their home north of Washington. He was a member of Calvary Mennonite Church in Washington; United Auto Workers Local 974 in East Peoria and the Caterpillar Retirees Club. 

Glenn Reamer Jr. 

PEKIN -- Glenn I. Reamer Jr., 66, of 418 Manor St., died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Pekin. The Rev. Robert A. Scott will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following services. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the church. Noel-Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Pekin. He was born May 1, 1935, in Kewanee to Glenn I. Sr. and Nell Johnson Reamer. He married Melissa D. Hutson on Oct. 17, 1959, in North Charleston, S.C. Surviving are his wife of Pekin; one son, Gregory A. Reamer of Pekin; two daughters, Karen D. Reamer of Atlanta, Ga., and Jody R. (Michael) McCarten of Germantown Hills; four grandchildren; one brother, Niles (Sheila) Reamer of Kewanee, and one sister, Diane (Freddie) Martin of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by one son, Glenn I. Reamer III on June 17, 1968. Reamer worked as a clerk at Hank's Hardware Inc. in Pekin, retiring in 1996. He previously worked at the American Distilling Co. and Tolbert's True Value Hardware, both in Pekin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957 to 1960. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Pekin and its Dartball League. He had served as an elder and taught adult Sunday school at the church. He served as a Republican precinct committeeman. 

Lorene Ragan 

EAST PEORIA -- Lorene M. Ragan, 71, of 126 State St., died at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2001, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services were held at 10 this morning at Schmidt-Haller Funeral Parlors in East Peoria. The Rev. Jack Melton officiated. Burial was in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born March 7, 1930, in Thayer, Mo., to Andrew and W. Susie Spain Bowers. She married Wesley B. Ragan on March 22, 1952, in Hardy, Ark. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 3, 1990, in Peoria; one son-in-law; one great-granddaughter; three brothers, and one sister. Surviving are two sons, Andrew B. (Carol) Ragan of Smithfield and John W. Ragan of East Peoria; four daughters, Amanda B. (Bruce) Brown, Connie F. Ragan and Elaine W. Manuel, all of East Peoria, and Edna L. Sweatt of Peoria; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bobby (Barbara) Bowers of Kentucky, and one sister, Imogene Bridgewater of Missouri. Ragan was a homemaker. 

Wilmer Spracklen 

PEKIN -- Wilmer D. Spracklen, 77, of 16469 Red Shale Road, died at 5:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Noel-Henderson Funeral Home in Pekin. The Rev. Krista Brockman will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military services will be conducted. Friends may call from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club in Pekin or to the American Cancer Society. He was born March 20, 1924, in Pana to Thomas C. and Lucy O'Kelley Spracklen. He married Elaine Groenhagen on April 14, 1945, in Sioux City, Iowa. Surviving are his wife of Pekin; one daughter, Margaret (Kenneth) Ahten of Hopedale; one son, James C. (Audrey) Spracklen of Pekin; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Opal Tabor of Tilton. He was preceded in death by four brothers. Spracklen was employed with CPC International in Pekin for 40 years, retiring as a maintenance supervisor in February of 1982. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of the Pioneer Club at CPC; William Schaefer American Legion Post 44 in Pekin and the National Rifle Association. He was of the Methodist faith.

James Nelmes 

SMITHFIELD -- James W. Nelmes, 83, of Rural Route 1, died at 6:38 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Cuba Christian Church. The Rev. Amy Wharton and the Rev. Layton Malone will officiate. Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cuba Christian Church, or to the Grant Keime Memorial Trust Fund in Cuba. He was born Feb. 20, 1918, in Cass Township, Fulton County to William and Alta Murphy Nelmes. He married Rita A. Palin on June 17, 1941, in Cuba. Surviving are his wife; one son, Joe (Jan) Nelmes of Guilford, Conn.; three daughters, Nancy Nelmes of Tamarac, Fla., Amy (Peter) Sabol of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mary Nelmes of Sterling, and one brother, Robert Nelmes of Cuba. He was preceded in death by one sister. Nelmes began farming one mile south of Smithfield on a farm known as the Zeigler Farm. He farmed for many years in the Smithfield area until his retirement. He also worked at the former Canton Works of International Harvester from 1936 to 1941. He was a member of Cuba Christian Church, where he served as an elder and president of the church board. He had served as president of the Fulton County Unit 3 School Board and as trustee for the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department. He was the FFA State Farmer of the Year in 1935 and was the State FFA Corn Husking Contest winner that year. He was the FFA National American Farmer of the Year in 1936. He was recognized in 1972 by the Illinois Crop Improvement Association as one of the top soybean growers in a five-state area. 

Clara Nash 

PEKIN -- Clara B. Nash, 82, formerly of 212 Reservoir Road, died at 5:25 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at Pekin Living and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a resident for several years. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Woolsey Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Terry C. Edele will officiate. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin. Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born April 21, 1919, in Tallula to Andrew and Fannie Skaggs Lewis. She married Roy E. Nash on Aug. 3, 1940, in Palmyra, Mo. She was preceded in death by her husband on Jan. 27, 1997, in Pekin; one grandson; one step-granddaughter; two brothers, and two sisters. Surviving are three daughters, Marilyn (Ron) Stout and Earlene Heuck, both of Pekin, and Ruth (Max) Williams of Springfield; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren. Nash was a homemaker. 

James Meyer 

PEKIN -- James H. "Jim" Meyer, 70, of 1606 N. 13th St., died at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at Morton Villa, where he was a resident for five days. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Tim Najpaver 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 Liberty Baptist Church in Pekin. He was born June 14, 1931, in East Peoria to John H. and Violet Martin Meyer. He married Della Burke on July 27, 1968, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 1993, in Peoria. He married Peggy L. Buster on Aug. 1, 1995, in Arkansas. Surviving are his wife; one son, Gary Meyer of Peoria Heights; one daughter, Cindy Meyer of East Peoria; two stepsons, James O. (Nona) Buster Jr. of Pekin and Bill (Kim) Buster of Hanna City; two stepdaughters, Jill (Gary) Foster of North Pekin and Frona Sue (Brian) Morgan of Havana; numerous stepchildren; seven grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; two sisters, Jacqueline Rapp of Peoria and Frances (Paul) Joiner of Evansville, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Joan Meeks and Bonnie Yarbrough, and two brothers. Meyer was employed at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for 30 years, retiring from the heat treat department on Dec. 3, 1984. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Street Rod Car Club and the American Legion Post 983 in East Peoria. 

Max Hiett 

BETTENDORF, Iowa -- Max E. Hiett, 79, of Bettendorf, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his residence. He was formerly of Pekin. Cremation will be accorded. Memorial services will be held at a later date. The Runge Mortuary & Crematory in Davenport, Iowa, is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Genesis Visiting Nurses Association Hospice, or to Gilda's Club in Davenport. He was born Sept. 2, 1921, in De Land, Ill., to Jesse and Edna Millan Hiett. He married Arlene Gochanour on July 16, 1968, in Rock Island, Ill. Surviving are his wife of Bettendorf; one son, Dave Hiett of Springfield, Mo.; two daughters, Kathy Malles of Birchwood, Minn., and Donna Harrison of Pine River, Minn.; seven grandchildren, and one sister, Martha Blasier of Washington, D.C. Hiett previously worked as a math teacher in Pekin for 20 years. He then worked as a math teacher at Davenport Central High School until his retirement in 1983. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

Richard Watson 

TREMONT -- Richard A. Watson, 59, of 926 S. Fifth St., Springfield, died at 9:27 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was formerly of Tremont. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton. The Rev. William A. Watson will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Tremont. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Davis Mortuary in Tremont. He was born May 26, 1942, in Peoria to William A. and Dorothy Lucille Cullinan Watson. Surviving are his mother of Wheeling; one brother, William A. (Jan) Watson of Wheeling; one sister, Mary Sue (John) Gillan of Evanston; three nephews, and two nieces. He was preceded in death by his father on Oct. 20, 1989. Watson was employed by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He previously was an instructor at Southwest Missouri State University for one year and was a part-time teacher in Springfield. An accomplished pianist, he accompanied the Notre Dame Glee Club for four years and was the organist at First United Methodist Church in Springfield. 

Carl Look Jr.

PEKIN -- Carl John Look Jr., 77, of 412 Capri St., died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel. The Rev. Keith Heberer will officiate. Burial will be in War Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Pekin.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Medical Center of Illinois Hospice Services in Peoria, or to Pekin First Church of God.
He was born Oct. 26, 1923, in Pekin to Carl John Sr. and Julia Minerva Lambertson Look. He married Marla J. Beebe on June 29, 1957, in Rock Island.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Karla (Matthew) Mosher of Lakeland, Fla., and Karen (Jeffrey) Rothrock of Utica; four grandchildren, and two sisters, Geraldine Farnam of Pekin and Shirley (Harley) Simpkins of Scottsdale, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Look worked for Corn Products Co. in Pekin for 39 years, retiring on May 1, 1981, as a refinery worker.
He served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a member of Pekin First Church of God and the Pioneer Club at CPC.

Everett Lynn

HAVANA - Everett Lee Lynn, 87, of 800 N. Promenade, Havana, died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at 333 Herman St., Pekin.
Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hurley Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Merritt will officiate. Burial will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Havana.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Heart Fund.
He was born Dec. 18, 1913, in Teheran, Ill., to Arthur and Lula Haynes Lynn. He married Frances Dare Dec. 31, 1932. She preceded him in death May 31, 1987.
Also preceding him in death were: one son, James Lynn; one daughter, Virginia Thomas; one brother, Garland Stuffelbean; one sister, Evelyn Allen; and one granddaughter.
Surviving are three daughters, Diana (Daniel) Sunderland and Linda (Robert) Hobbs, all of Pekin, and Shirley (Jim) Welch of Hobbs, N.M.; one brother, Robert Stuffelbean of Chicago; eighteen grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren.
Lynn was a grinder at Atwood and Dana Corp., retiring in 1979. He worked for the City of Havana, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Havana. He was a member of Havana VFW Post 6408.

William Rose Jr.

William James Rose Jr., 82, of 825 Runyon Dr., Apt. 19, Chattanooga, Tenn., died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001 at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He was formerly of 1700 N. Linn in Peoria. He moved to Chattanooga in 1996.
Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Rev. Don Strothers will officiate. There will be no visitation.
Memorials made by made by a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born Aug. 27, 1918, in Peoria, to William James, Sr., and Lily Taylor Rose. He married Jeanette Eileen Zimmer Dec. 7, 1943 in Peoria.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Patricia (Vic) Chiodo of Williamsville, NY and Roberta "Bobbie" (Rev. Don) Strothers of Chattanooga; one son, Michael (Melody) Rose of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Anna Mae Colbert of Peoria; and one brother, Albert Rose of Palatine.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Katherine Ann Rose.
Rose had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for six years, retiring from the Peoria post office in 1980. Previously, he had been an electrical engineer for RCA in Moorestown, N.J. for 15 years. While at RCA, he was instrumental in developing radar communication for the first manned space program.
He had also served with the U.S. Marine Corps for 14 years, including World War II. He attained the rank of captain.

Robert Matson

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Robert Joseph Matson, 37, of Bloomington, Ind., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, at Tererro, N.M., where he suffered a fatal asthma attack while vacationing.
A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Presbyterian Church at Bedford. Cremation has been accorded.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church.
He was born Jan. 4, 1964, in Bedford to Joseph T. and Lilah Lohnes Matson.
Surviving are five sisters, Mary Ellen Martin of Franklin, Ceil Matson of Chicago, Ann Burge of Louisville, Ky., Sarah Matson of Madison, Wis., and Katy Ailstock of Hagerstown, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves an aunt, Ellen Paullin, and a cousin, Rob Paullin, both of Pekin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his maternal grandmother, Olive Lohnes.


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