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Donald Hunter
Donald W. Hunter, age 72, of 408 E. Newman Street, Knoxville, Illinois, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 1999, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Born November 25, 1926, in Quincy to Jesse and Myra Watters Hunter, he married June Farrar on August 17, 1947, in Avon. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Michael “Mick’’ (Judy) Rashid of Dunlap; one son, Terry of Friendswood, Texas; one sister, Reta Lawson, of St. Augustine; and three grandsons. He worked for Goff Appliance for 20 years. He had worked at the former Beatrice Meadow Gold Dairy in Galesburg and Spoon River Farm Service and had volunteered at the Knox County Fair for many years. A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Harry Philblad American Legion Post 749. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Pacific Masonic Lodge 66, AF&AM, and the Order of Easter Star Chapter 880. He was the Knox County Township road commissioner for two terms. Services were held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home with Rev. David Hultberg officiating. Burial was in the Knoxville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or his Masonic Lodge.

B. Gay Ehrenhart
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 20, at 11 a.m. in Roseville Memorial Park Cemetery for B. Gay Ehrenhart, formerly of Roseville. Corman Memorial Home, Roseville, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ehrenhart, 64, of New Berlin, passed away January 10, 1999 in her home. Cremation rites were accorded. Memorials may be left to the Alzheimer’s Association. The daughter of Walter and Alma Bayne Enfield, she was born January 9, 1935 in Monmouth. She married Terry Ehrenhart, August 9, 1953 in Anchorage, Alaska, who survives in New Berlin. She also leaves: a son Stephen in Springfield; a daughter Cherilyn Simpson of Rochester; and four grandchildren. Her parents and a daughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Ehrenhart was a homemaker and worked as an office manager for an ophthalmologist. She was a member of the Roseville United Methodist Church and a past member of the Roseville Order of Eastern Star.

Mabryn Varner
Mabryn H. Varner, age 85, of 1624 East Myrtle Street, Canton, formerly of Prairie City, passed away at 10:55 a.m. Friday, March 19, 1999, at Graham Hospital in Canton. Born July 5, 1913, in Prairie City to Lawrence and Harriet Hughbanks Harding, she married Floyd R. “Doc’’ Varner on December 31, 1931, in Table Grove. He passed away July 22, 1983. One daughter, Margo, and one sister also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, John of Galesburg; three daughters; Mrs. William (Patricia) Weber of Bushnell, Mrs. Dr. William (Marlene) Dickison of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Mrs. John (Shan) Corelis of Port Byron; two brothers, Dan Harding of Fort Myers, Florida; and Sam Harding of Bushnell; two sisters, Virginia Winters of Roseville and Ruth Swanson of Peoria; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She studied Music at Iowa Wesleyan College. She was a member of Prairie City United Methodist Church, where she served as pianist for many years. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell. Burial was in Prairie City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bushnell United Methodist Church.

William L. Steele
A graveside service for William L. Steele, 66, Atkinson, were held Monday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Rev. Robert Bottoms officiated and military rites were accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5083. Mr. Steele died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at 1:08 am.m in Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, Ia. Vandemore Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be left to the American Heart Association. A son of of Charles and Lena Strickler Steele, he was born October 10, 1932 in Monmouth. He married Wynona Parrish, September 20, 1952 in Burlington, Ia., who survives. He also leaves: a son, Robert Steele, Geneseo; a daughter, Linda Ganahl of Murphysboro, Tenn.; a brother, Phillip Steele in Florida; and four grandchildren. Mr. Steele was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, 1950-1954 and for the past 28 years farmed in Cornwall Township. He was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau.

Martha C. Rock
Martha C. Rock, age 91, of Avon, passed away at 11 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 1999, at her daughter’s home in St. Charles, Missouri. Born February 29, 1908, in Canton to William J. and Lynda Knott Crowl, she married James R. Rock on March 6, 1924, in Ellisville. He passed away January 20, 1994. Three sons, one daughter, three brothers, five sisters and one grandson also preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Richard of Bushnell and Arly of Bluffs; five daughters, Betty Morey and Joan Vancil, both of Galesburg, Audrey Tusek of Williamsfield, and Bonnie Wiggins and Judy Dean, both of St. Charles; one son-in-law Harold McNeely, Galesburg; one sister, Nelda Schoonover of Bushnell; 17 grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was a nurse’s aide for many years. She was a member of Checkrow Community Church in rural Avon. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m.Sunday at her church with Rev. James Vancil officiating. Burial was in Fiatt Cemetery in Fiatt. Corman Memorial Home, Avon, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Project or the Navajo Indian Foundation.

Richard L. Hilton
Richard L. Hilton, age 27, of 1632 Florence Ave., Galesburg, died at 10:16 a.m. Saturday, March 20, 1999 in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, 333 N. Seminary Street. He was born September 7, 1971, in Bushnell, the son of Lyle and Bonnie Smith Hilton. Surviving are his mother of Galesburg; uncles and aunts including Jim and Carol Demery, Abingdon, Melvin and Shirley Mosley, Galesburg, and Ron and Lana Harn, Bushnell, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Sara King. He attended Bushnell-Prairie City schools, and was graduated from Macomb High School in 1991. He participated in McDonough County Special Olympics for several years. Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bushnell Cemetery. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Special Olympics.

Blake Clayberg
Blake J. Clayberg, age 86, of Avon, died at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 1999, at the Care Center of Abingdon. Born May 18, 1912, in Cuba, Illinois, to Carl F. and Ruth A. Williams Clayberg, he married Ethel Fitch in 1933 in Macomb. Surviving are one sister, Annabelle Kailey of Peoria, and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers preceded him in death. A member of Fulton County Farm Bureau, he farmed in the Bushnell and Avon areas for 40 years. He was of the Methodist faith. Graveside services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Prairie City Cemetery with Rev. Rick Kerr officiating. Corman Memorial Home in Avon was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Avon Fire Department.

Myrtle B. Allison
Myrtle B. Allison, age 87, of 300 North Jefferson, Street, Abingdon, Illinois, passed away at 3:35 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 1999 at Cottage Hospital, Galesburg, Illinois. She was born July 27, 1911 near Farmington, Illinois, the daughter of Albert J. and Ollie Harper Hedden. She married Lloyd Allison on November 10, 1932. He passed away on August 22, 1975. Survivors include one brother, Robert F. Hedden, Galesburg; one sister, Gladys Murphy, Abingdon and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She was a former school bus driver for Spoon River Valley School District and also helped her husband with Allison Trucking Business. She had lived in Abingdon since 1975. She was a member of Abingdon Christian Church. Funeral services were held Monday, March 29, 1999 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, Abingdon, with Reverend Raymond McLaren officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Memorials may be made to the Abingdon Christian Church.

Patricia Bell
Patricia Bell, 63, of Plymouth, died 6:45 a.m. Wednes-day, March 31, 1999, in the Macomb Senior Living Center. She was born Aug 8, 1935, in Macomb to Harry Rufus and Clara Myrtle Weaver Johnson. She married Roland Bell April 2, 1965, in Macomb. He survives. She is also survived by one brother, Donald Johnson of Canton; one sister, Mary Lou Houston of Mount Sterling; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Tony (Barb) McCollum of Kingsport, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Bell was a homemaker and a graduate of Macomb High School. She was of the Methodist faith. She was a member of the Carthage VFW Auxiliary. Services were Saturday in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Plymouth with the Rev. Henry Nash officiating. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery in Plymouth.

Curtis Strode
Curtis W. Strode, 88, of rural Marietta, passed away at 4:19 a.m. Sunday, April 4, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. Born March 2, 1911, in rural Marietta to Charles E. and Maggie B. Watson Strode, he married Mary M. Williamson on Feb. 27, 1943, in Canton. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Curtis of Marietta; one daughter, Mrs. A. L. (Sharon) Lashbrook of Camp Point; and four grandchildren. A graduate of Western Illinois University in Macomb, he also studied agriculture at the University of Wisconsin for more than two year. A member of Fulton County Farm Bureau, he farmed on the family farm in Fulton County. He also was chairman of the Fulton County Soil and Water conservation Board. He was a 50-year member of Bushnell United Methodist Church in Bushnell. He also was a member of Gideon International. He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution, where he served as chairman, and was chairman of the Fulton County Historical Society, where he was editor of the newsletter for many years. Services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at his church with Rev. Martha Scaff officiating. Martin -Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell was in charge of the arrangements. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to his church or to Gideon International.

Bernice Horton
Bernice Horton, 90, of 100 West Jefferson St., Macomb, formerly of Plymouth, died at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, April 4, 1999, in McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. She was born Aug. 19, 1908, in Denver to William Marion and Efie Florilla (Mackey) Matheny. She married Scott Holton, on June 23, 1927, in Keokuk, IA. He died July 24, 1985. She is survived by cousins. Mrs. Holton was a homemaker. She was a 1926 graduate of Plymouth High School and was a member of the first First Baptist Church of Plymouth. She was also a member of the Grange in Washington State. Graveside services were Wednesday at the Rosemont Cemetery in Plymouth with the Rev. Henry Nash officiating. Memorials made be made to the First Baptist Church of Macomb.

Nellie Haulk
Nellie Haulk, 96, of 516 W Orchard St., in Macomb died at 2:15 p.m. April 2, 1999, in the Elms Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 15, 1902, in Blue Springs, Neb., to Albert and Gertie Acton Arneal. She married Glen Haulk on Sept. 15, 1992, in Colby, Kan. She is survived by one son, Beryl (Jean) Haulk of Macomb; two daughters, Maxine Rodgers of Hacienda Heights, Calif.; and Betty Devine of Glenview, Ill.; 13 grandchildren;15 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Dick (Wanda) Armstrong of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, and Mrs. John (Ethel) Hensley of Pueblo, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glen, who died Feb. 24, 1986; one son, Max, who died recently; three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Haulk was a longtime employee of Montgomery Ward and for many years the secretary to the McDonough County superintendent of highways until her retirement. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, a charter member and past president of the Macomb Business & Professional Women, Home Bureau Extension, Grandmothers Club, MDH Auxiliary, and a life member of the Rebekah Lodge. Services were held at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home on Wednesday with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Evelyn M. Frost
Evelyn M. Frost, 74, of 1601 Riverview Drive, Macomb, died at Heartland Health Care Center, Macomb. She was born May 19, 1924, in Wednesday, England, to Edward and Hannah Owen. She married Jack Frost Oct. 7, 1944, in Wednesday, England. He died Nov. 22, 1997. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Elaine Frost. She is survived by four sons, Tony Frost of Macomb; Jack Frost Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; Robert Frost of Frisco, Texas and Kenneth of Frost of Mooresville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters who live in England. Mrs. Frost was a member of the Macomb BPO Deers and the American Legion Auxiliary. Services were Friday in the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

Mary Elizabeth Clark
Mary Elizabeth Clark, 78, of 1200 E Grant St., Macomb, died Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at 2:55 a.m. at McDonough District Hospital after a nine-year struggle with breast cancer. She was born Dec 12, 1920, in Buenavista Township, Schuyler County, to James Lloyd and Bernice Lawler Loring. She married Cecil Lewis Atkinson of Macomb July 11, 1941. He died in Ogden, Utah, on April 27, 1977. Mary Elizabeth married Paul George White of Petersburg on July 17, 1982. He died Aug 10, 1983. She married Vincent Dean Clark of Macomb on Aug. 10, 1983. He survives. Mary Elizabeth graduated from Rushville High School and attended Weber State University, Ogden, Utah; Utah State University, Logan, Utah; Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.; and the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She taught school in the Ogden schools for 22 years. She was a member of the Rushville Audubon Society, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, Macomb Beautiful Association, Macomb YMCA, Macomb Country Club, and the Methodist Parish, Ebenzer Church, Camden Road, Rushville. Surviving are a sister, Dorothy ( F. John )Taylor of Virginia, Ill.; a son, James Loring and Debbie Atkinson of Salt Lake City, Utah; a daughter, Mary Sheila (Mark Schmidt) of Shelton, Wash., and three grandchildren: Adam Loring Atkinson of Salt Lake City, Utah and Amy Dawn Schmidt and Max Lewis Schmidt of Shelton, Wash. There are also three stepchildren and four grand-stepchildren. Graveside services were Friday in Rushville City Cemetery with David Haney officiating. Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home was in charge of cremation rites. Memorials may be made to Macomb Beautiful Association or Wesley Village.

Martha J. Starbuck
Martha J. Starbuck, 75, of 100 W. Jefferson St., Macomb died at 9:35 p.m. Tues., March 30, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. She was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Clarence and Helena Seidle Rhoades. She is survived by two sons, Terry Starbuck of Roseville and Donald Starbuck of North Vernon, Ind., two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and one son, Tomas C. Starbuck, who died in infancy. Mrs. Starbuck had lived in Good Hope and Adair before moving to Macomb in 1977. She was a former member of the Center Star Women’s Club in Good Hope. Cremation rites were accorded by Clugston-Tibbits Funeral Home, Macomb. Services were Friday in the Glade City Cemetery in Blandinsville with the Rev. Dean Reeverts officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Charles Danial Briggs Sr.
Charles Danial Briggs Sr., age 85, a resident of the Care Center of Abingdon, Abingdon, Illinois, passed away at 2:16 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 1999 at the Care Center. He was born August 19, 1913 near Maquon, Illinois, the son of Judson W. and Mabel Chappelle Briggs. He married Shirley Dean Huggins in June of 1942 in Norfolk, Virginia. She preceded him in death in November of 1986. Survivors include four sons, Charles D. Briggs Jr., Abingdon, Illinois; James R. Briggs, Severn, Maryland; William G. Briggs, Bradenburg, Kentucky and Judson C. Briggs, Dubuque, Iowa; one daughter, Janet Wallick, Roseville, Illinois; one brother, B. Gene Briggs, Simi Valley, California; two sisters Mabel “Betty’’ Gibson, and Barbara Frye, both of Huntington Beach, California; 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and one sister. He had lived in Abingdon since 1972 and prior to that had lived in Maquon. He attended Maquon schools. He was a switch repairman for Intrastate Telephone Company in Galesburg. He was a navy veteran of WW II serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He was a past member of American Legion Post 1099 in Maquon. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Abingdon. Burial was in the Maquon Cemetery with military rites accorded. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Robert Edward West
Robert Edward West, age 76, of 207 East Pearl Street, Abingdon, Illinois, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 1999 at his home. He was born February 13, 1923 at Brier, Missouri, the son of William and Minnie Hurt West. He married Mary Elizabeth Shoemaker West on January 25,1947 in Oran, Missouri. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Edward D. West, RR Cameron, Illinois; four daughters, Elizabeth Fritz, Berwick, Illinois; Phyllis Tapp, Marion, Iowa; Linda Anderson, Galesburg, Illinois and Gayla Steele, Troy, Missouri; one brother, George West, R. Rt. Abingdon; one sister, Irene Wells, Galesburg, Illinois; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, including his twin and five brothers. He had lived in Abingdon the past 52 years. He worked at the former Brass Factory in Abingdon for 23 years until it closed. He then worked at Butler Manufacturing Company in Galesburg retiring in 1987. He also farmed with his son near Abingdon. He served in the CCC and later in the army during WW II in the Fifth Infantry where he was a tank operator. He served in Africa, Italy, France and Yugoslavia. He was of the Methodist Faith. He was a past member of Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post in Abingdon and assisted with both the Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts of America. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, Abingdon with Eleanor Landon, officiating. Burial was in Abingdon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association or Abingdon Senior Citizen’s Van.

Laverne H. Hillyer
Laverne H. Hillyer, 77, of Mulberry Ark., a former McDonough County resident, died Dec. 17, 1998, in the Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren, Ark. He was born Jan. 1, 1921, in Colchester to Buzz and Ada Hendrix Hillyer. He married Lois Elizabeth Harwick. She survives. He is also survived by two daughters, Becky Kern of Davenport, Iowa, and Angela Angelo of Dallas, Texas; and one son, Gerald Hillyer of Pardeeville, Wis.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vada Weaver of Macomb and Irene Creasy of Colchester; and one brother, Hancil Hillyer of Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard and an infant grandson. Mr. Hillyer was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the 361st Infantry Association and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a retired parts supervisor for Ametek, Inc., of Grand Prairie, Texas. Creation rites were accorded by Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery last Saturday with military rites by the Macomb VFW Post 1921.

Barbara H. Aten
Barbara H. Aten, 65, of Riverside, Calif., a former Macomb resident, died Sunday, April 4 at 1 a.m. at her residence. She was born Aug. 3, 1933, in Macomb, the daughter of James Henry and Virginia Stuart Parker Hermetet.. She is survived by one son, Gregory Aten of Paso Robles, Calif.; two daughters, Tracy Kingsley of Tustin, Calif. and Julie Stice of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Eugene (Nancy “Nan”) Cathers of Macomb; a stepmother, Rose Hermetet of Macomb; five granddaughters, Kim Kingsley, Rebecca Kingsley, Cathy Aten, Emily Stice, Rachel Stice; and one grandson, Dan Aten. She was a secret control officer with the Naval Warfare Assessment Div. in Norco, Calif., before retiring in 1995. Graveside services are in Oakwood Cemetery, Saturday, April 19, with the Rev. Ron Green officiating. Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service in California will be at 3 p.m. April 12 in the Corona Evangelical Free Church, Corona, Calif. Memorials can be made to the Frazee Community Center, 1140 W. Mill, PO Box 8250, San Bernardino, CA 92412.

Robert W. White
Robert W. White, age 59, of Joy, Illinois, passed away at 2:43 a.m. Tuesday, March 30, 1999 in Trinity West Medical Center, Rock Island. He was born July 20, 1939, in Trenton, Nebraska, the son of Earl and Minnia Marquette White. He married Patricia Powell on November 25, 1959, in Avon. Surviving are his wife; one son, Robert White, Aledo; one daughter, Kristin Tracy, Aledo; one brother, Wayne Woods, Bartley, Nebraska, and one grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant son. He was graduated from McCook High School, McCook, Nebraska. He lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for eight years. He lived in Joy since 1969. He worked for Heinz USA, Muscatine, Iowa, for many years. A private graveside service will be held Thursday in Avon Cemetery, with the Rev. Rachel Stookel officiating. No visitation is planned. Corman Memorial Home, Avon, is in charge or arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Mercer County Cancer Society.

Bonnie Jean Carlson
Bonnie Jean Carlson, 58, of 975 East Fremont Street, Galesburg, passed away at 5:08 a. m. Saturday, April 3, 1999 at home. She was born January 28, 1941, in Galesburg, the daughter of Harold and Jean Temple Benson. She married Donald Carlson on November 26, 1971, in Rock Island. Surviving are her husband; her mother; one stepson, Dennis Carlson, Galesburg; two daughters, Christine Patrick, Abingdon and Ronda John, Galesburg; two stepdaughters, Debbie Carlson, Galesburg, and Denise Fairchild, Las Vega, Nevada; and one sister, Kathy Carlson, Galesburg. She was graduated from Galesburg High School in 1959. She worked for Mangieri Cleaning Services in Abingdon for nine years, retiring in 1998. She was a member of Coldbrook Christian Church. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m.Tuesday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Smith officiating. Burial was in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of America or to the family.

Helen L. Bloss
Miss Helen L. Bloss, 86, of Macomb, formerly of New Canton, died at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 1999, at her nephew’s residence, 821 Orchard Drive, Macomb. She was born Jan. 21, 1913, in New Canton to Winfield and Roxanne Havens Bloss. Miss Bloss is survived by a sister, Elizabeth Roberts of Maocmb; a nephew, Louis Fuller of Macomb; and two great -nephews, Capt. Timothy L. Fuller, M.D., of the Army, stationed in Lundstaul, Germany, and Theodore Edward Fuller of Memphis, Tenn. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Edith L. Fuller; and a brother, Harold Bloss. Helen was a secretary at the Implement Dealership and was a member of New Canton United Methodist Church and attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb. Graveside services were Friday in New Canton Shearer Cemetery with the Rev. Dorothy Browning officiating. Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfiled was in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the New Canton United Methodist Church.

Robert S. Shores
Robert S. Shores, 61, Fountain Green, passed away at 2:12 a.m. Friday, April 2, 1999 in Montebello Manor Nursing Home, Hamilton, Illinois. He was born September 20, 1937, in Victoria, the son of Sirrell and Blanche Powell Shores. He married Patricia Ann McConnell on March 9, 1960, in Macomb. Surviving are his mother, Abingdon; his wife; one son, Robert Allan Shores, Peck, Michigan; three daughters, Rebecca Sue Gilpin, Dallas City, Judith Lynn Shores, Burnside, and Robin Castillo Port Huron, Michigan; one brother, Lawrence Shores, Taylor, Michigan; three sisters, Julie Ann Shores and Margaret Florence, both of Galesburg, and Norma Barnes, Bardolph; 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and his father. He worked as a mechanic in Opheim and for the last 20 years at Knorr and Walker, Carthage. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Banks and Beals Funeral Home, LaHarpe, with Rev. Michael Deblois officiating. Burial was in McConnell Cemetery near Fountain Green. A memorial fund has been established.

Leo A. “Bert’’ Kidwell
Leo A. “Bert’’ Kidwell, age 81, of Berwick, Illinois, passed away at 9:43 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 1999, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg, Illinois. He was born February 17, 1918 in Springfield, Kentucky, the son of Joe and Mary Praxie Kidwell. He married Retta Condiff on June 1, 1940 in St. Augustine, Illinois. She preceded him in death. Survivors include one son, Larry Kidwell, of Gilson, Illinois; one daughter, Kay Cecil, Maquon; two brothers, James Hilman Kidwell, London Mills, and Julian Kidwell, Springfield, Kentucky; nine grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. He had lived in Berwick the past 20 years. He retired from Admiral division of Maytag where he worked for 18 years. Cremation was accorded. No services are being planned. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Warren County Humane Society.

Joyce R. Thurman
Joyce R. Thurman, age 57, of 6 Sunset Lane, Bushnell, passed away at 4:21 a.m. Friday, April 9, 1999, at her home. Born July 16, 1941, in Peoria to Harold and Emma Strawbridge Boyer, she married Leland R. Thurman on April 20, 1962, in Prairie City. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jeff (Julie) Sprout of Peoria and Mrs. Brad (Lisa) Rogers of Normal; one brother, H. Robert Boyer of Blandinsville; and three grandchildren. She worked for Farmers and Merchants State Bank for 21 years. She was a member of Bushnell United Methodist Church and the Lucille Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at her church with Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery. Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to McDonough District Hospital hospice program or Shaw Creek Golf Course.

Maudie Pansy Johnson
Maudie Pansy Johnson, age 94, of 906 North Main Street, Abingdon, Illinois, passed away at 4:09 a.m. Friday, April 9, 1999 in the emergency room of Cottage Hospital. She was born May 21, 1904 in RR Smithfield, Illinois, Fulton County, the daughter of Frank and Martha Baughman Postin. She married Lessie Lee Johnson on February 2,1924 at Lewistown, Illinois. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1958. Survivors include seven sons, Frank Johnson, Greenbush, Carl Johnson, Roseville, Emil Johnson Sr., St. Augustine, Lloyd Johnson, Gladstone, Wayne Johnson, state of Oregon, Jim and Ronald Johnson, both of Avon; five daughters, Darlene Rice, Carol Ashby and Maudie Riley, all of Abingdon, Dolly VanSkike, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Florence Sanders, Aledo; 58 grandchildren; several great grandchildren, several great-great grandchildren and several great-great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sons, Les, Thomas and Robert, five sisters and three brothers. She had lived in the Abingdon area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Pentecostal Church, Abingdon. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Danny Hunt officiating. Burial was in the Abingdon Cemetery. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel, Abingdon, was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to her family.

Larry Lefler
Larry Luther Lefler, age 57, of 207 S. I Street, Monmouth, passed away at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 1999, at his home. Born August 6, 1941, in Warren County to Ross Calvin and Ellen Viola Williams Lefler, he married Mary Lou Griffee on September 17,1961, in Monmouth. She survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. David (Amy) Nelson of Rio; one son, Shawn Lefler of Monmouth; five brothers, Kenneth of Lewistown, Loren of Canton, Adrian and Jerry, both of Monmouth, and Lyle of Cuba; and six sisters, Doris Carnes and Martha Wicks, both of Abingdon, Mrs. Raymond (Ona) Younge of Galesburg, and Mrs. Jack (Rilla) Stivers, Mrs. Don (Reva) Farmer and Mrs. Dale (Alleyne) Mills, all of Monmouth. He was preceded in death by his parents. He worked for Brown Lynch and Scott, OK Tire and Ryner Fertilizer and then was employed by Keister’s Tire for 30 years. Cremation was accorded. A private committal service will be in Monmouth Cemetery. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel in Monmouth was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Warren County Cancer Society or the Community Hospices of America.

Twyla M. Parkins
Twyla M. Parkins, aged 84, died at 8:47 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 1999 at Pittsfield Manor in Pittsfield, IL. She was born on May 12, 1914 in McDonough County, Ill to Ernest John and Flora Mae Johnson Spencer. She married Vernon Garold Parkins on March 14, 1942 in Wayland, MO. He died Jan. 22, 1989. She is survived by twin daughters: Mrs. Dan (Sheryl Rae) Voorhis of Macomb, IL and Mrs. Garold (Jan) Parkins of Pittsfield, IL, four grandchildren, two sisters; Dorothy Bagley and Doris Trotter, both of Adair, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers; Delbert Wayne Spencer and Leonard Dale Spencer. She graduated from Adair High School in 1933 and the Gem City Business School in 1935. She was a former member of the EUB Church in Adair, past member os the Jolly House Keepers Club in Colchester, and also a past member of the Adair Home Economics Club. Services were held at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Wednesday at 1 p.m. They were presided by the Rev. James Comstock. Burial took place at the Pennington Point Cemetery in rural Macomb. Memorials may be made to the Pennington Point Cemetery.

Helen Anna Ruggles
Helen Anna Ruggles, 76, of Macomb for the past several months and formerly a lifetime resident of Carthage, died Sunday, April 18, 1999 at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb. She was born on June 29, 1922 in Basco, the daughter of Reinhard Oswald and Charlotte Frances Bachman Miller. She married Thomas L. Ruggles on Dec. 16, 1942. He died Nov. 2, 1978. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by two sisters, Marie M. Berg of Havana and Betty Jean Montgomery of Carthage. Mrs. Ruggles was a member of the United Methodist Church of Carthage. She enjoyed dancing and enjoyed attending the Senior Citizen Socials. Services were Wednesday at the Lamporte Funeral Home of Carthage with the Rev. Kenneth Zinn officiating. Burial was in the Moss Ridge Cemetery in Carthage.

Sally J. Barsi
Sally J. Barsi, 67 of 1111 W. Adams St, Macomb died Friday, April 16, 1999 at 7:20 p.m. at McDonough District Hospital. She was born on Aug. 8, 1931 in Rushville to Theodore R. and Josephine Berg Mills. She married Lawrence J. Barsi on Oct. 4, 1962 in Kahoka, Mo. He died Dec. 22, 1990. She is survived by her mother: Josephine of Rushville, IL; one son, Marty (Virginia) Barsi of Colchester, Ill; one daughter, Jolyn Barsi of Boca Raton, Fla; two grandchildren, Tera and Michael Walters; and two brothers; William T. Mills of Peoria, IL and James B. Mills of Tucson, Az. Her father preceded her in death. Mrs. Barsi received an associate degree in arts from Stephems College and Bachelor of Science in education from Western Illinois University. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church of Macomb, the Macomb Country Club, and Hawaii Yacht Club. She had owned the House of Bottles in Macomb since 1967. Services were Wed. at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Myers officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Macomb Beautiful or to Junior Golf at Gold Hills Golf Course.

Virginia M. Scott
Virginia M. Scott, aged 87, of 520 S. Pearl St., Macomb, died Wed., April 14, 1999 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb, Ill. She was born on Feb.11, 1912 in Tuscola, Ill to John G. and Emily Warren Patton. She married Keith F. Scott on Oct. 12, 1938 in Macomb, Ill. He died June 6, 1991. She is survived by two sons: K. Raymond Scott of Glenview, Ill and John W. Scott of Richmond, Va; one daughter: Joan Scott O’Hare of Peoria, Ill.; five grandchildren: Kevin Scott, Kimberly Yagelski, Keith H. Scott, Thomas S. O’Hare, and Emily J. O’Hare; two sisters: Dorothy Grigsby and Esther Nielsen, both of Macomb, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Scott received a B.E. Degree from Western Illinois State Teachers College in 1932 and taught school for 5 years in Macomb. she was initiated into Chapter K of P.E.O. in 1949, and served as past president. She was a 55-year member of the Eastern Star and a member of the XXMD Club. She was a charter member of the McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary, member of the First Presbyterian Church and of its church Morning Circle, both of Macomb. Services were held Saturday at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home with the Rev. Ron Green and Rev. Charles Kriner presiding. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the McDonough District Hospital Auxiliary,

Robert L. Harper
Robert L. Harper, 77 of 240 E. Main St., Good Hope, Ill died Saturday, April 17,1999 at the McDonough District Hospital, Macomb. He was born Jan. 3, 1922 in McDonough County, the son of George and Maude Bevard Harper. He married Julia Mae Colbert on Sept. 12, 1948 in Blandinsville, Ill. He is survived by his wife Julia; two daughters, Patty (Larry) Moore of Jacksonville, Ill and Peggy (Steve) Kreps of Champaign, Ill; two sons, Michael (Joyce) of Macomb, Ill and Mark (Marie) of Thayer, Ill; nine grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, four sisters, Vera Vogler, Helen Sperry, and Fawn Cramer all of Macomb, Ill and Joann Lovejoy of Bushnell, Ill and one brother, Arlo of Bushnell, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Delbert; three sisters, Lois (in infancy), Donna, and Mary; and two grandsons, Alecs and Mitchell. He was educated in Good Hope and Blandinsville and farmed his entire life in Hancock and McDonough Counties. He enjoyed attending baseball games and other sporting events, hunting and showing milking shorthorns at local fairs and at the Illinois State Fair. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb with the Rev. Gerald Seabaugh officiating. Burial was in the Good Hope Cemetery, Good Hope, Ill. Memorials can be made to the Good Hope Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Alfa I. Ellis
Alfa I. Ellis, 88, of Macomb, died at 4:08 p.m. Friday April 16, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital. She was born on July 2, 1910 in Minot, ND, the daughter of Clarence and Winnie Rawlins Nelson. She married Floyd Ellis on September 21, 1929, in Palmyra. Mo. He died March 15, 1979. Mrs. Ellis is survived by one son, David Ellis of Macomb and one grandson, Daryl Ellis, of Macomb. She was preceded in death by one son, Keith Ellis and one brother, Emery. Mrs. Ellis lived on a farm southwest of Industry from 1942 - 1984. She formerly lived in Schuyler County. Services were Wed. in the Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Ron Green officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Margaret M. Staat
Memorial services for Margaret Merillat Staat were held Tuesday, April 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, Dallas, TX. Interment was in Restland Memorial Park. Mrs. Staat, a resident of Dallas since 1949, died at her home on April 9, 1999. Memorials may be made to the Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8600 Skyline Drive in Dallas, or to the American Cancer Society, 8900 Carpenter Freeway, Dallas TX 75247. She was born October 24, 1912, in Winfield, IA. She married Francis Henry Staat II, who preceded her in death in 1990. Mrs. Staat leaves: a brother Herbert Christian Merillat, Washington, DC; three children, Christine Staat Rogers and her husband Howard in Dallas, Henry and Merillat Staat and his wife Janice in Norman, OK, and Katherine Staat of Austin, TX; four grandchildren, Peggy Honea, Dallas, Louise Honea, Grand Rapids, MI, Merillat Saint-Amand, Charleston, SC, and Francis Henry Staat III, Norman, OK. She was a graduate of Monmouth College and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. The Staats were charter members of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, where she was active in numerous social and charitable activities of the congregation.

Martha A. Petermann
Funeral services for Martha A. (Martie) Petermann, 68, Oquawka, were held Wednesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. in Turnbull Funeral Home, Oquawka. Rev. Suzanne Geer officiated and interment was in Oquawka Cemetery. Mrs. Petermann died April 17, 1999, at 12:15 a.m. at her home. Memorials may be left to the Oquawka Ambulance Service, The daughter of Gus and Mary Baldwin Hignight, she was born January 3, 1931 in Roseville. She married Gordon F. Petermann, March 27, 1948 in Waukegan, who survives at home. She also leaves: a daughter, Terry S. Petermann, Galesburg; a son, David Petermann, Oquawka; a brother, Delbert Hignight, Macomb; and three grandchildren. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Petermann attended schools in Gladstone and Oquawka. She was employed at Sylvania Electric in Burlington, IA; for Formfit Co. on Monmouth, and later at Admiral Division of Maytag in Galesburg for 16 years. In recent years, she and her husband operated the Oquawka Bowling Lanes in Oquawka.


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