Miscellaneous Kankakee County, Illinois Obituaries


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Clifford Coash Jr.

Visitation for Clifford E. ''Tiff'' Coash Jr., 74, of Bradley, a longtime car dealer and a former Bradley village board member, will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, with a wake service at 7 p.m. at the Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. John McGeean at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Church, Bradley, where he was a member.
Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Bishop McNamara High School or to his grandchildren's college fund.
Mr. Coash died Wednesday (Dec. 2, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital emergency room.
He was born Jan. 31, 1924 in Bradley, the son of Clifford E. and Mary Wertz Coash Sr.
He was a graduate of Bradley- Bourbonnais Community High School.
His wife, the former Eileen A. Lambert, whom he married Oct. 19, 1946 in St. George, died April 30, 1993.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Marines.
Mr. Coash was retired. He was owner and operator of Coash Motor Sales for over 30 years.
He was appointed to the Kankakee County Sheriff's Police Merit Commission in December 1978 and became commission chairman in 1980. He was reappointed in 1986 and served until 1992.
Mr. Coash was an administrative assistant and Kankakee County coordinator for the then-Secretary of State Jim Edgar's re-election campaign in 1986.
He served three terms on the Bradley Village Board.
A member of the Bishop McNamara High School board, he was a past president of the Huddle Club; a member of the Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of the Moose, Elks, American Legion in Bradley; a former member of the Retreat Club; and a volunteer for Our Lady of Victory.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen and Denise Coash of Kankakee and Brad and Karen Coash of O'Fallon; one daughter, Cathy Jacobs of Springfield; three grandsons, Ross Edward, Marc Douglas and Scot Wayne Jacobs, all of Springfield; and a special friend, Donna Wood of Bourbonnais.
His son Douglas died Dec. 13, 1970. A son-in-law, Ron Jacobs is deceased. (Pd.)

Ernest Sheldon

Visitation for Ernest Sheldon, 45, of Kankakee, will be from 11 a.m. Friday until the 11:30 a.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Cremains will be scattered at a later date at Mound Grove Scattering Garden.
Mr. Sheldon died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 1998).
He was born Feb. 6, 1953 in Chicago, the son of Leonard and Gladys Thompson Sheldon.
Mr. Sheldon was a sales representative for Litton Corp. of California.
Among survivors are his friends, Brian Fritz of Kankakee and Karl Yeates of Bourbonnais.

Delia Chouinard

CHEBANSE - Delia Chouinard, 83, of Chebanse, died today (Dec. 3, 1998) at her home.
Arrangements are pending at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.

Bertha Johnson

SUN RIVER TERRACE - Visitation for Bertha Mae Johnson, 75, of Sun River Terrace, will be from 11 a.m. Saturday until the noon services at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member and on the Mother's Board. The Rev. Alex T. Bond will officiate.
Burial will be in Momence Cemetery.
Lax Mortuary of Kankakee is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Johnson died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
She was born Jan. 10, 1923 in Macon County, Ala., the daughter of Arthur and Mattie Warren Johnson.
Her husband, Frank Johnson Jr., whom she married May 3, 1947, is deceased.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Frank and Lynn Johnson III of Kankakee, Reuben Johnson of Sun River Terrace and David and Tanya Johnson of Burbank, Calif.; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Diane and Edward Bradley and Susan Gooch, both of Kankakee, Maggie Collins of Joliet, Doris Hill and Patricia Davis, both of Alcoa, Tenn., and Janet and Larry Sykes of Sun River Terrace; one brother and sister-in-law, Arthur and Truzetta Johnson of Windham, Ohio; two sisters and brothers-i-law, Josephine and Wiley Boyd of New Haven, Conn., and Evelyn and Herman Scott of Shorter, Ala.; two brothers-in-law, Avon and Fred Johnson, both of Shaw, Miss.; 33 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening and church work.

Jerry B. Lucas

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Services for Jerry B. Lucas, 63, a Kankakee native and attorney for over 32 years, and a resident of Tallahassee since retiring in 1994, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Culley's MeadowWood Chapel in Tallahassee.
Burial will be in Culley's MeadowWood Memorial Park.
There will be no visitation.
Mr. Lucas died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 1998), his birthday, while playing golf, his favorite pastime, at the Golden Eagle Country Club, where he was a member.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Mr. Lucas served as an assistant in the Kankakee County State's Attorney's office for one year and was a public defender during 1969 to 1971.
He had been a member of the Kankakee Shrine Club, the Kankakee Elks Club and served as president ot the Jaycees Little League and the Aroma Park Little League. He coached YMCA basketball for nine years.
He was born Dec. 1, 1935 in Kankakee, the son of A.B. and Sidney Richey Lucas.
Surviving are his wife, the former Susan E. Smitgen, whom he married March 1, 1959 in Kankakee; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Brett O. Lucas of Jacksonville, Fla., Sean D. and Sarah Mallory Lucas of Waukesha, Wis., and Chad S. Lucas of Tallahassee; one daughter, Melanie L. Lucas of Tallahassee; and three grandchildren.
He served in the Army.
A 1953 graduate of Kankakee High School, he graduated in 1963 with a law degree from the University of Texas.
He was of the United Methodist faith.

Eleanor Alsip

STOCKLAND - Eleanor J. Alsip, 73, of Stockland, died today (Dec. 3, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Arrangements are pending at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Glenn Eheart

HIGHLAND, Ark. - Glenn E. Eheart, 67, Highland, Ark., relative of area residents, died at his home on Monday (Nov. 30, 1998).
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home in Hardy, Ark.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ash Flat Chruch of Christ, where he was a member.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Micki Eheart Memorial Fund.
Mr. Eheart was a construction contractor. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Air Force.
Surviving are five sons, Donald Eheart of Onarga, Harry Eheart of Piper City, Warren Eheart of Tuscola, Bryan Eheart of Chanute, Kansas, and Steve Bailey of Hardy, Ark; daughters, Beckie Mask of Hardy; one brother, Earl Eheart of Piper City; four sisters, Anna Marie Geisler of Piper City, Dorothy Tholen of Bonfield, Jane Currie of Decatur and Barbara Roberts of Champaign; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Delia Chouinard

CHEBANSE - Visitation for Delia Chouinard, 83, of Chebanse, will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, with a 3 p.m. wake survice at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Charles Wheeler, at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Kankakee, where she was a member.
Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Chouinard died Thursday (Dec. 3, 1998) at her home.
Mrs. Chouinard was owner and operator of Chouinard's Grocery for 40 years, retiring in 1984. The grocery store had been in business since Sept. 1, 1939, closing in 1988. It had gone through the hands of various family members, ending with her son Bill.
She was born Sept. 25, 1915 in Manteno, the daughter of Albert and Leotine LaGesse Gadbois.
Her husband, Leroy Chouinard, whom she married July 8, 1939 in Chicago, died in 1985.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Ann Chouinard of Chebanse; two daughters and sons-in- law, Margaret and James Potter of Kankakee and Karen and Richard Naas of Stewartsville, Mo.; two sisters, Rachael Bechtold of Florida and Ruth Nevin of Bradley; one brother, Leonard Gadbois of Kankakee; 15 grandchildren; 16 great- grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two sisters, Rita LaCouture and Gertrude DelPrencipie.

Darrell Milk

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Darrell Milk, 82, of Jacksonville, Fla., former Kankakee resident, died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 1998).
He was born Aug. 5, 1916 in Kankakee, the son of Lemuel and Laura Stables Milk.
He was employed for 45 years in the assembly department of Roper Kankakee Division.
Surviving are his wife, the former Adeline Boudreau, whom he married Oct. 12, 1940 at the Immanuel Baptist Church where they were members until moving to Florida.
Also surviving are their children, Frederick and Kathy Milk of Apple Valley, Calif., Verline and William Gropp of Hartsville, S.C., Sandra and William Vaughn of Conroe, Texas, David and Mia Milk of Kaufman, Texas, Daniel and Guadalupe Milk of Porter, Texas, Vernon and Kathy Milk and Della and Keith Sikes of Jacksonville; three sisters, Marilyn Smith and Ruth Elam of Kankakee and Ardys Porter of Chebanse; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, including Robert Milk and Royal and Jackie Milk of Kankakee and Geraldine Young of Bradley; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one daughter, Patricia Ann; one sister, Edith Thompson; brothers, Clarence, Harold, Ross, Marvin and Donald; and one grandchild and great-grandchild.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. Thursday until the 11 a.m. services at Cedar Hill Baptist Church in Jacksonville, where he was a member.

Welty Arnold

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Welty Arnold, 81, of Indianapolis, Ind., died Thursday (Dec. 3, 1998).
Arrangements are pending at Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Porta Myers

Porta Myers, 82, of Kankakee, died Thursday (Dec. 3, 1998).
Arrangements are pending at the Hertz-Thoma Funeral Chapel, Kankakee.

Billie Jo Albano

Billie Jo Albano, 49, of Kankakee, formerly of Crown Point, Ind., died Thursday (Nov. 26, 1998) from injuries sustained in a head-on crash. The accident happened on Illinois 17, near the Indiana state line on Thanksgiving while on her way home from work.
Suriving are a daughter, Jennifer Albano of Kokomo, Ind.; a son, Vince Albano of Crown Point; a granddaughter; his mother, Norma Vukin of Hobart, Ind.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mark and Sharon Vukin of Hobart and Alan and Lisa Vukin of Portage; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Victor Sayers of Crown Point; many nieces and nephews; and two special friends, her ex-husband, Dominic Albano of Crown Point and Virginia Shrove of Kankakee 
Visitation was from 9 a.m. until the 10 a.m. services Dec. 1 at St. John United Church of Christ, Crown Point. The Rev. Thomas Norwalk officiated.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Arrangements are by Geisen Funeral Home, Crown Point.
She was a licensed practical nurse.
She enjoyed the theater, reading and cooking.

Eleanor Alsip

STOCKLAND - Visitation for Eleanor J. Alsip, 73, of Stockland, will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Knapp Funeral Home in Sheldon, where services will be at 2 p.m. The Rev. Neil Larimore will officiate.
Burial will be in Sugar Creek, Stockland.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Alsip died Thursday (Dec. 3, 1998) at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka.
She was born June 6, 195 in Sheldon, the daughter of Francis and Ima Marie Battin Silvers.
She was a graduate of Sheldon High School.
Surviving are her husband, Charles K. Alsip, whom she married Jan. 13, 1973 in Stockland; two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan and Don Garrett of Crescent City and Kathy Matherson of Long Beach, Calif.; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Lena Matherson of Sheldon; two step-daughters, Teresa (George) Seng and Gina Alsip, all of Sheldon; and a step-son, Ed (Colleen) Alsip of Rockton; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and 11 step-grandchildren.
Deceased are his parents and one brother.
She had been a member of the Sheldon United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed reading.

Alice Pooley

MOMENCE - Alice Pooley, 80, of Momence, formerly of Manteno, died Thursday (Dec. 3, 1998) at Momence Meadows Nursing Center.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the 11 a.m. services at Fedde-Helfrich Chapel in Peotone. The Rev. Will Parker will officiate.
Burial will be in Peotone Cemetery.
Memorials are requested for the family.
She was born Nov. 25, 1918 in Peotone, the daughter of Royce and Laura Benn Beaver.
Her husband, Lloyd R. Pooley, died in 1982. An infant son and daughter also are deceased.
Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Mabel and Elmer Barkow of Momence.
She was a former member of Peotone United Methodist Church.

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