Dewitt Obits

Jesse Lyle Hammer

Jesse Lyle Hammer 70 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:28 PM November 26, 2022 at Arcadia Care, Bloomington, IL.

 

Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Graveside services will follow 3 PM Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating.

 

Memorials may be directed to American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Jesse was born September 4, 1952 in Clinton, IL the son of Lyle and Hazel Louise (Booker) Hammer.

 

Survivors include his sons, Don (Bonnie) Hammer, Clinton, IL and Doug (Kristen) Hammer, LeRoy, IL; life partner and fiancée, Karen Thompson, Fort Myers, FL; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; siblings, Terry (Cori) Hammer, Clinton, IL, Ronnie (Irene) Hammer, Davis Junction, IL, and Will (April) Hammer, Washington, IL; and five stepsiblings Penny, Jackie, Kenny, Kelly, and Julie.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Jesse was a millwright most of his life and loved fishing.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Richard E. Young

Richard E. Young, 70, of Maroa, IL passed away at 7:43 PM, November 23, 2022 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 2 PM, Monday, November 28, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating.  Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL.  Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM, Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to Young Park, Maroa, IL.

 

Richard was born October 11, 1952 in Decatur, IL the son of Clarence and Roberta L. (Rogers) Young.  He married Barbara McCool on October 17, 1970 in Forsyth, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Young, Maroa, IL; children:  Christopher Young, Maroa, IL; Bradly (Nichole) Young, Forsyth, IL; and Stephanie (Richard) Young-Laswell, Maroa, IL; six grandchildren:  Bryson, Houston, Tatum, Caden, Evan, and Beau; and two great-grandchildren, Braxton and Dallas; brothers:  Roger (Sherryl) Young, Maroa, IL; Charles (Pam) Young, Forsyth, IL; and Curtis (Kim) Young, Maroa, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Richard was a lifelong resident of Maroa.  He served the City of Maroa as a fireman for 17 years, city councilman for 20 years, and mayor for 10 years.  Richard retired from Caterpillar Tractor after 43 years of service.  He owned and operated Young Construction for many years and was the previous owner of the Mobil Station in Maroa.  Richard donated the land for Young Park in Maroa.  He was a fan of Maroa-Forsyth football.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Alma Marilyn "Margie" Sweazy

Alma Marilyn “Margie” Sweazy, 96 of Clinton, IL passed away peacefully on November 20, 2022, at Warner Hospital & Health Services, Clinton, IL.

Born on September 24, 1926, in Macon, GA, Margie was the daughter of the late Rufus Quay and Alma (Quinlan) Collins. At the young age of 6 years old, Margie and her mother traveled across the country by car with a destination of San Diego, CA.

With a love of tap dancing, Margie grew up to be a professional dancer with the USO. She took pride in performing for the troops during WWII.

She met her devoted husband George E. Sweazy while he was in bootcamp in San Diego. Margie and George corresponded during his time serving overseas in WWII. They were married upon his return to the US on December 16, 1945. They shared 63 years of marriage until his passing in 2008.  Margie and George loved winters spent in Hawaii, and summers in Clinton, IL. These times were made special during the many occasions their grandsons joined them.

Margie was a real estate agent in Illinois and Hawaii. She also worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Clinton, IL for 10 years. 

Margie was a brilliant and talented artist. She created and hand painted stunning ceramic works of art. Following a once in a lifetime fine arts trip to China, she built a studio in her home and began teaching and hosting classes specializing in her love of painting and ceramics.

Margie leaves behind her beloved son, Larry (Kilmer) Sweazy, Swampscott, MA; cherished grandsons, Austin Sweazy, Swampscott, MA and Dustin (Carolyn) Sweazy, Nahant, MA; and four treasured great-grandchildren:  A. J. and Rosie Sweazy, Swampscott, MA and Sunny and Dylan Sweazy, Nahant, MA.

Margie’s family is most grateful for the community of care takers and those that assisted and supported her over many years. 

Visitation will be 10 - 11 AM, Thursday, December 1, 2022, at the Calvert Funeral Home, 201 S. Center Street Clinton, IL, followed by a memorial service at 11 AM, with Rev. Fr. James Owusu-Yeboah, SMA celebrant. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.

Memorials may be directed to the American Foundation for the Blind or the Vespasian Warner Library.

 

Debra Elaine Bateson

Debra Elaine Bateson, 61 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:00 PM November 18, 2022 at her home in Clinton, IL surrounded by her family.

 

Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday, November 28, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Monday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Debra Elaine Bateson Memorial Fund.

 

Debbie was born December 17, 1960 in Streator, IL the daughter of Francis and Janice (Gochanour) Harlacher. She married Charles R. Bateson, March 27, 1982 in Streator, IL. He passed away October 26, 2010. Debbie was a graduate of Streator High School and attended the Illinois Valley Community College, receiving her CNA certification.

 

Survivors include her children, Emily (Preston Dash) Pruitt, Clinton, IL and Charles J. (Shelbi) Bateson, Wapella, IL; grandchildren, Joseph (Deann) Strange, Kaitlin Pruitt, Savannah Miller, Carter, Cash, and Colyton Tanner; siblings, Marlene (Bob) Horton, Streator, IL, Peggy (Don) Kleppin, Rutland, IL, Brenda (Jim) Lewis, Streator, IL, Cheryl (Greg) Drysdale, Streator, IL, and Terry Harlacher, Streator, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Joseph; brother, Gary; sister, Kathy; and brother-in-law, Tim.

 

Debbie belonged to the First Christian Church in Clinton. She enjoyed her Ladies’ Sunday School Class and volunteering in the church when she was able. She also enjoyed making crafts and participating in the Farmers Market.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Mary T. Pacholski

Mary T. Pacholski, 75, of DeLand, IL passed away at 7:06 AM, November 16, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, DeLand, IL with Msgr. Michael Bliss officiating.  Burial will follow at DeLand Cemetery, DeLand, IL.  There will be no visitation.

 

Mary was born October 14, 1947 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Joseph and Julia (Gawron) Pacholski.

 

Survivors include her siblings:  Virginia Duggar, St. Augustine, FL; Raymond (June) Pacholski, Homewood, IL; Barbara Pacholski, Crown Point, IN; Elizabeth Pacholski, Indianapolis, IN; Marcella Pacholski, Calumet City, IL; David J. Pacholski, DeLand, IL; and Teresa (Daniel) O’Neal, DeLand, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Dolores Pacholski.

 

Mary loved gardening, flowers, and bird statues.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Julia "Jackie" J. Twyman

Atlanta – Julia “Jackie” J. Twyman, 85, of Atlanta, passed away on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.

Funeral Services for Jackie will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Atlanta United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Rev. Larry Collins will officiate.

Cremation Rites will follow. Burial will be at the Atlanta Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta on Sunday, November 20, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Julia J. McKown was born April 12, 1937, in Bloomington, the daughter of Jack and Julia Reinmiller McKown.

Jackie is survived by her children: Debbie Davis and Robert (Elizabeth) Twyman; four grandchildren: Amber (Jason) Reynolds, Alyssa (Josh) Smith, Ashley (Joe) Davis and Brock Twyman; Austin Key, Ethan Smith, Addision Davis, Cooper Smith, and Joel Reynolds; two sisters: Linda Orrick and Susan Hoblit; and three brothers: Jim (Jackie) McKown, Rick McKown and Alex Hoblit.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Sam Hoblit; one sister, Diane Hoblit, one sister-in-law, Sharon McKown; and son-in-law, Jim Davis.

Jackie had worked as a silk screener in Auburn for Dickey-John. She was a 1955 graduate of the Atlanta High School and a member of the Atlanta United Methodist Church. Jackie loved cats and dogs, and gardening.

Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Logan County.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Shirley A. Torbert Scogin

Wapella -- Shirley A. Torbert Scogin, 80, of Wapella, passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at Carle BroMenn Hospital in Normal.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral home in Atlanta with Mr. Ernie Harvey officiating. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Shirley Ann Torbert was born on December 24, 1941, in Clinton, the daughter of Clarence S. “Dude” and Dixie Baughman Torbert. She was first united in marriage to Bill Ledbetter on September 5, 1956. She later married Charles Scogin on July 4, 1986. He preceded her in death on March 19, 2000.

Shirley is survived by her daughters: Lori (Dan Osborn) Murphy and Karen Underwood, four grandchildren: Jeremy (Kitiara Lancaster) Underwood, Jill (Wes) Foster, Candi (Jake) Taylor, and Samantha (Caleb) Ballew; twelve great-grandchildren: Ethan Foster, Mason Foster, Amber Foster, Ruger Underwood, Mailee Underwood, Remington Underwood, Gatling Underwood, Kimber Underwood, Dylan Taylor, Kylie Taylor, Maci Ballew, and Charli Ballew; one brother, John (Denise) Torbert; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; and one brother, Skip Torbert; one sister, Etta Hill; and one great-grandson, Hunter Underwood.

Shirley worked for Clinton Power Station and Thrall Car Manufacturing as Executive Secretary to the Plant Manager. Upon her retirement, she moved to Palisade, Colorado, where she lived for 11 years. Shirley was a fifty-plus years member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Wapella Christian Church. Her grandkids and great-grandkids were the lights of her life and she loved them very much. She enjoyed visiting Hawaii, eating sweets, watching the Hallmark Channel, and drinking coffee.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or DeWitt County Animal Shelter.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Vona J. LaDew

Delavan – Vona J. LaDew, 88, of Delavan, formerly of Waynesville, passed away at her home on Monday, November 7, 2022.

Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Graveside Services at the Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022, with Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger officiating.

Vona Jean Moore was born April 3, 1934, in Clinton, the daughter of Ivan S. and Merna Borders Moore. She was united in marriage to Daniel LaDew on December 31, 1954. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1977.

She is survived by her children: Steve (Katherine) LaDew, Sheldon (Linda) LaDew, Laura Smith, and Nathan LaDew; four grandchildren: eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma Ingold.

Vona was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one brother and one sister.

Vona was a 1952 graduate and valedictorian of Waynesville High School. She retired from Burns & Company where she had worked as office manager. She was of the Methodist Faith. Vona loved to dance so much that she earned the nickname, “Vona Jean, the Dancing Machine.”

Memorials may be made to her family.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Albion John "Al" Brown

Albion John “Al” Brown 58 of Weldon, IL passed away 7:20 PM November 11, 2022 at his family residence in Weldon, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Friday, November 18, 2022 at the First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Stop Soldier Suicide.

 

Al was born September 15, 1964 in Effingham, IL the son of Norman Lewis and Mary Lou (Henon) Brown. He married Christi Lynn Schmidt August 12, 1994 in Boonville, MO.

 

Survivors include his mother, Mary Lou Bly, Decatur, IL; wife, Christi Lynn Brown, Weldon, IL; children, Tyler Haller, Clinton, IL, Chelbi (Nathan) Lippert, Clinton, IL, Albion John “A.J.” Brown, Jr., Clinton, IL; grandchildren:  Nevada Dunlap, Liam Haller, Elizabeth Gravitt, Scarlett Haller, Lydia Radford, and Chloe Lippert; siblings:  Jackie Brown, Alabama, and Norman (Mary) Brown, Tennessee.

 

Al was preceded in death by his father.

 

Al served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL and the American Legion.  Al worked at Encore where he enjoyed helping their clients.  Al loved to draw and travel.  He never knew a stranger, but most of all he loved spending time with his family. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Jane Anne Wills

Jane Anne Wills, 79, of Clinton, IL passed away 11:24 PM November 9, 2022 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Monday, November 14, 2022 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

 

Jane was born March 29, 1943 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Grover Lee “Slim” and Leora Jean (Armstrong) Carter. She married Carroll Wills April 27, 1981. He passed away March 4, 2004.

 

Survivors include her children: Anna Jeanette (Jim) Cramer, Farmer City, IL; John Mark Wickenhauser, Champaign, IL; and Lisa-Anne (Jason) McKinzey, Clinton, IL; step-children: Mark (Gloria) Wills, Farmer City, IL and Lisa Wills, Bloomington, IL; grandchildren: Jeremy (Jeanie) Lindstrom, Adam Lindstrom, Cory Lindstrom, and Chelsea (Austin) Ellrick; two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; siblings: Robert (Patricia) Carter, Tolono, IL; and Bill (Debby) Carter, Nokomis, FL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Jane retired from Ameren Illinois. She enjoyed quilting and gardening, but most of all, Jane loved spending time with her family.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Kathy E. "Jo Jo" Hubbard

Kathy E. (Jojo) Hubbard of Kenney, IL went home to Jesus on Monday, November 7, 2022, at the age of 67.

 

She was born to Tracy Elwood Harman and Ruby Lucille Tate on July 6, 1955, in Beckley, WV.

 

Jojo was married to Richard Lee Powell on July 27, 1987. She had two children:  Scott Hubbard, and Tracy Barth. She had four beloved grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her children and grandchildren. She is also survived by her dear friend, Linda Marsh of Kenney, IL, whom she called “mom”.

 

Jojo fought a brave battle against Parkinson’s disease for sixteen years. Throughout the years of increasing disability, she never complained, never fell into self-pity, never lost her faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She maintained a wonderful sense of humor and was quick with a smile and laughter.

 

Jojo was a member of Texas Christian Church in Clinton, IL. A celebration of life will be held at the church on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Joseph Franklin Fever

On Friday, November 4, 2022, Joseph Franklin Fever, loving husband, father, grampa and friend, passed away at the age of 65. Joe was born on January 17, 1957, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Dean & Wilma (Pulliam) Fever, he married his wife, Joyce (Decker) on September 30, 1978, raised two kids, Jennifer Steiner (husband, Robert) of Norwalk, CT and Jacob Fever (wife, Kali) of Bloomington, IL, and enjoyed three grandchildren, Jase (9), Ava (8), and Kara (5).

 

Joe was always a hard worker, starting in Bloomington, IL at the Firestone plant as a tire builder, where he worked until transferring to the Decatur Firestone Plant. In 1991, he started his next career as an Environmental Health & Safety Manager before retiring after 28 years. He started with the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department in 1986, serving as Chief from 1992-2008. Joe very much enjoyed a good beach, a warm day, being with his family, laughing with his grandchildren and spending time at the family farm. 

 

Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Wilma, his father, Dean, and his two brothers Daniel and Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, his children, grandchildren, cousins, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Calvert Funeral Home in Maroa, IL. Visitation will be from 10:00 am-12:00 pm, prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Maroa Township Cemetery.

 

Any donations can be made to The Cancer Care Center of Decatur, IL.

 

Delores Jo Ann Runyen

Delores Jo Ann Runyen 81 of Maroa, IL passed away 8:50 PM September 4, 2022 at her family residence, Maroa, IL.

 

Services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 19, 2022 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Decatur, IL with Mark Durbin officiating. Visitation will be 12:00 – 2:00 PM Saturday at the Kingdom Hall. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

 

Jo was born September 4, 1941 in Macon County, IL the daughter of Gilbert and Alice (Armstrong) Florey. She married Robert L. “Bob” Runyen, Sr. May of 1968 in Macon County, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. “Bob” Runyen, Sr., Maroa, IL, children, Connie V. (Morris L.) Johnson, Decatur, IL; Lee Allen Runyen, Aurora, MO; Alice Shutt, Maroa, IL, grandchildren, Andy; Quentin; Joshua (Heather); Nicholis (Carrie); Anthony; Christopher; and Alta, great grandchildren, Jordan; Landen; Liam; Leigha; Haley, Dylan, and Memphis.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Lee Runyen, Jr; and sister, Nancy Day.

 

Jo retired from home healthcare and had also worked doing housekeeping for the Allens.  She was a faithful member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Decatur. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Mary Louise White

Mary Louise White, 78, of Argenta, IL entered Eternal Life with her Savior, Jesus Christ, in Heaven on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

Funeral services for Mary Lou will be 12:00 Noon, Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Argenta Baptist Church, Argenta, IL with Pastor Gary Bauerle officiating. Mary Lou will be laid to rest in Macon County Memorial Park, Harristown, IL immediately following the services. There will be no visitation. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.

Mary Lou was born in Decatur, IL to Marvin and Mary O. (Hamell) Laws. She married Robert Dale “Bob” White on December 15, 1963 in Decatur, IL. She was a long-time member of the Argenta Baptist Church, faithfully and joyfully serving in many capacities.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years Robert Dale “Bob” White of Argenta, IL; sons, Joseph (Kathy) White of Edinburg, IL, Doug White and significant other, Rhonda Rade, of Oakley, IL; grandchildren, Rachel (Chad) Allen of Jefferson, GA, Spenser (Tina) White of Harristown, IL, Jaason White of Argenta, IL, Travis (Christi) Knoth and Rachel Wallace both of Kentucky; ten great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara McElroy of Assumption, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or the Argenta Baptist Church. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Ryan Scott White

Ryan Scott White, 52, of Clinton, IL passed away 9:10 PM October 29, 2022 at his residence, Clinton, IL.

 

A Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held Monday, November 7 at 2:00 PM at the Adam's Apple, 411 N. 22nd St. Decatur, IL 62521. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Ryan Scott White Memorial Fund.

 

Ryan was born November 21, 1969 in San Bernardino, CA the son of Thomas Ray and Bonnie (Gordon) White. He married Traci Reynolds July 14, 2000. She passed away April 3, 2017.

 

Survivors include his mother, Bonnie White, Corinth, MS; children, Brittani (Cory) Garner, Mt. Zion, IL, Bryan (Alissa) White, Bogalusa, LA, Shae White, Cerro Gordo, IL; nine grandchildren; siblings, Sharon Carr, Decatur, IL, Mindie (Larry) Wingert, Champaign, IL, Cindy Price, Corinth, MS, and Tammy Cook, Corinth, MS.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Ryan loved his Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Cubs. His passion was auto body work.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Merida L. Drake

Beason – Merida L. Drake, 98, of Lincoln, formerly of Beason, passed away on Friday, October 28, 2022, at The Christian Village in Lincoln.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Drake will be on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lincoln United Methodist Church. Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger and Mr. Ryan Edgecombe will officiate. Burial will follow at the Harmony Cemetery in rural Beason.

Visitation will be at the church prior to the funeral services from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Merida Lorene Bivin was born March 7, 1924, in Girard, Illinois, the daughter of Lowell L. and Joyce V. Walden Bivin. She was united in marriage to David L. Drake on Nov. 6, 1943. They were married for over 60 years, until his death on Oct. 2, 2004.

She is survived by four children: Warren (Geraldine) Drake, Harold (Nancy) Drake, Martha (John) Bunzey, and Laura (Marc) Enger; eight grandchildren: Sheryl Drake, Robert (Amber) Drake, Doug Drake, Erin (Rahul) Prakash, Michael (Diane) Enger, David “Sig” (Laura) Enger, Melanie (Kevin) Jones, and Liz (Tom) Pratt; eleven great-grandchildren: Lillian, Tommy, Julia, Opal, Lucia, Otto, Isla, Wally, Marc, Carter, and Elise; and one sister, Myrabel Theobald.

Merida was preceded in death by her husband, and three grandchildren: Belle Drake, Curtis Drake, and Kevin Klee.

Merida was a 1941 graduate of Tri-City High School in Buffalo, IL and then studied for one year at Brown’s Business College. She was a member of the Beason United Methodist Church where she directed the children's choir for many years, along with United Methodist Women, East Oran Home Bureau and Logan County Home Extension. She and her husband began farming together in the Beason area when he returned from serving in WWII. She also worked for Fuller Seed Company as a secretary.

Memorials may be made to Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, Beason Fire Department or Atlanta Fire Department.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Jon Robert Whitrock

Jon Robert Whitrock, 79, of Clinton, IL passed away October 29, 2022 at John Warner Hospital, Clinton, IL.

Jon was born December 15, 1942 in Decatur, IL, the son of Ernest and Nell M (Griffith) Whitrock.

Jon was a security guard for Securitas and had also served as a DJ for WHOW. He was a member of the Baha’i Faith. Jon was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous achieving 30 plus years sobriety. He had authored a book concerning 12 Step Recovery and the Baha’i Faith.

During his leisure time, Jon was an avid stamp collector, loved reading and had been known to be a talented trumpet player.

Surviving are his siblings, Clinton Whitrock (Ellen) of Decatur, IL, Charlotte Kraft of Decatur, IL and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and uncle, Clifford Whitrock (Mary).

Graveside funeral service will be held 10 AM Thursday, November 3, 2022 at Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials: Alcoholics Anonymous or Alzheimer's Foundation.

Condolences may be left to www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

Dennis R. Stanley

Lincoln – Dennis R. Stanley, 57, of Lincoln, formerly of Bloomington, passed away at 11:01 a.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Lincoln Village Healthcare Center in Lincoln.

Graveside Memorial Services for Dennis will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 12:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bloomington. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life is also planned.

Dennis Ray Stanley was born December 15, 1964, in Peoria, the son of William E. and Rosemary Heinrich Stanley.

Dennis is survived by five siblings: William (Kristin) Stanley, Alfred (Willa) Stanley, Mae Stanley, John (Tammie) Stanley, and Artie (Steven) Wilburn; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dennis had worked as a janitor in a doctor’s office, a roofer, and a karaoke DJ with his Dizzy D’s Karaoke service. He enjoyed playing pool and especially playing basketball with S.O.A.R. through the Bloomington Parks District.

Memorials may be made to S.O.A.R. at PO Box 3157, Bloomington, IL 61702.

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert "Bob" L. Sessions

Robert “Bob” L. Sessions 91 of Clinton, IL passed away 6:30 PM October 22, 2022 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday October 26, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with military honors. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Clinton FFA.

 

Bob was born July 24, 1931 in Clinton, IL the son of Charles L. and Audrey (McIlvenna) Sessions. He married Wilma Joan Hoge July 24, 1951 in Birkbeck, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife Joan Sessions, Clinton, IL; children Dwayne L. (Mindy Kay) Sessions, Clinton, IL, Kurt W. (Renee) Sessions, Maryville, TN, and Martina L. (Tim) McShane, Bloomington, IL; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and sister, Ileane Peters, DeWitt, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and one grandson Kyle McShane.

 

Bob was the owner/operator of Sessions Electric in Clinton since 1966.  He was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL, a charter member of the Clinton FFA in 1945 and a past member of the Elks. Bob was a veteran of the US Army.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Dale E. Nelson

Dale E. Nelson, 63, of Clinton, IL passed away 6:51 PM October 14, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

 

A visitation for Dale will be held from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Friday October 21, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Dale E. Nelson Memorial Fund c/o Shawna Nelson.

 

Dale was born April 29, 1959 in Clinton, IL the son of Sharon McGhee. He married Shawna Welch on March 22, 2012 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Shawna Nelson, Clinton, IL; children Keri (Nathan Gee) Nelson, Kaye (Lorin) Riddle, Raymond (Missy Bragg) Nelson, Jerad (Josie Ballenger) Nelson, Jarad (Sandra Davis) Bryant, Cody Bryant, Clarence Bryant, Collin Bryant, Carlye Parson, Jessika Parson, and Jaycee Nelson, 20 grandchildren, and many loving siblings.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Nelson, who he married in 1987, along with his mother Sharon McGhee, and a daughter Jacinda Jiles.

 

Dale enjoyed working with his hands whether he was cooking or working on a carpentry project. If he wasn’t working, he could be found watching one of his favorite John Wayne movies. Dale was a loving father and grandfather and will be missed by all.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Kenneth L. Craig

McLean – Kenneth L. Craig, 79, of rural McLean, passed away at 12:56 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

Funeral Services for Mr. Craig will be on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. Rev. Tami Werschey-Kessinger will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville. Military Rites will be accorded.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Kenneth Lowell Craig was born November 25, 1942, in Stanford, the son of Fred A. and Hazel I. Plienes Craig.

He is survived by his children: Randy Craig and Kristy Craig; their mother, Janet (Bryan) Buck, two grandchildren: Kaitlyn Reynolds and Bethany Reynolds; and one brother, Wayne Gene (Judith) Craig.

Kenny was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings: Carol LaDew, Russel Craig and Alan Craig.

He was a 1960 graduate of McLean-Waynesville High School and served in the United States Army. Kenny was a member of the Waynesville United Methodist Church and the Early V8 Ford Club of Bloomington. Retired from Caterpillar in Decatur where he worked as a millwright, Kenny rarely missed an auction. A collector of many things, Kenny shared a glimpse of his stock on an episode of American Pickers in 2008. He also enjoyed going to dirt-track races at Farmer City and Fairbury.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the Waynesville United Methodist Church, Humane Society of Logan County or DeWitt County Animal Shelter.

Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.

Stephen D. Thompson

Stephen D. Thompson, 59 of Clinton, IL passed away at 10:12 PM October 12, 2022 at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Monday, October 17, 2022 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM, Sunday, October 16, 2022 at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a Pet -friendly charity of your choice.

 

Steve was born July 31, 1963 in Carbondale, IL, the son of Duane Thompson and Carol (May) Thompson, and grew up in Clinton with his parents Carol and Dennie Bray.

 

Survivors include his parents Carol and Dennis Bray, Clinton, IL; sister, Dana Stewart, Santa Monica, CA; half-sister, Laura (Chris) Dyrstad, Santa Clarita, CA; and half-brother, David (Sharon) Thompson, Philo, IL.

 

Steve graduated from the University of Illinois and was a microbiologist and part of the team that developed Flu-Mist. Dedicated to his career and world wide travels, he did find time for the California lifestyle which included hiking and spear fishing.  He retired young, moving back to central Illinois to spend time with friends, and enjoyed curling up with a Kindle version of a good book. He loved cooking for others and was just as comfortable with deer meat as live sea urchin. His dry sense of humor, tender heart and a deep love for his family will make him impossible to forget.  He leaves behind Tripp, the Facebook famous feline that will enjoy life with Grandma and Grandpa. Future rainbows will always remind us that Steve remains alive in our hearts.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Clinton G. Rhodes

Clinton G. Rhodes, 81, of Midland City, IL passed away 7:35 A.M. October 10, 2022 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, October 15, 2022 at McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. There will be no visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Clinton was born September 19, 1941 in St. Charles, Missouri the son of Lowell and Margie (Garland) Rhodes. He married Beverly Huffman July 11, 1978 in Alexandria, VA.

 

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Rhodes, Midland City, IL; children: Ted (Julie) Rhodes, Princeton, IL; Joseph (Trisha) Adams, Clinton, IL; Tony (Jennifer) Rhodes, Clinton, IL; and Juanita (Robert Huston) Rhodes, Clinton, IL; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters: Barbara (Larry) Luster, Clinton, IL; Elizabeth (Roger) Hendrix, Crowley, TX; Marilyn Wall, Burleson, TX; and Margie (Rick) Kallmayer, Burleson, TX.

 

Clinton was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Clayton D. Rhodes and sister, Beverly Jane Rhodes.

 

Clinton worked at Revere Copper & Brass for 45 years as a Supervisor.  He was a member of the Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was a 48 year member of the Masonic Lodge.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Cheryl L. Hosier

Cheryl L. Hosier, 65, of Clinton, IL passed away 2:17 A.M. October 8, 2022 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

Celebration of Cheryl’s Life will be 5:00 PM Thursday, October 13, 2022 at the Kenney Community Center, Kenney, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Cheryl L. Hosier Memorial Fund.

 

Cheryl was born March 25, 1957 in Decatur, IL the daughter of George C. and Omega (Link) Taylor. She married William K. “Bill” Hosier December 4, 1982 in Decatur, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, William K. “Bill” Hosier, Clinton, IL; children Garett P. (Fiancé Leslie Vieweg) Hosier, Macon, IL, Kate (Clint) Appel, Nicholasville, KY, and Wyatt Z. (Ashley) Hosier, Clinton, IL; four grandchildren and one on the way; two brothers Tony (Cathy) Taylor, Tucson, AZ, Mark (Linda) Taylor, Mahomet, IL; and one sister Michelle (Mike) Valentine, Kenney, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Cheryl was an EMT in Clinton, IL for many years and was currently employed by Marcfirst in Normal, IL. She loved dogs and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Tracy Michael Gambrel

Tracy Michael Gambrel 54 of Clinton, IL passed away 2:55 PM October 8, 2022 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Services will be 11AM Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 7:30 PM Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Area Men’s Christian Fellowship in Care of the Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

 

Tracy was born October 25, 1967, in Decatur, IL the son of Rex and Sandra (Daniels) Gambrel.

 

Survivors include his parents, Rex and Sandra Gambrel, Clinton, IL; daughter, Alyssa (Mark) Meade, Cuba, IL; grandson, Issiah Grambrel-Knoth, Marissa, IL; sister, Lisa (Brett) Alvis, Clinton, IL; nephews, Tyler and Jared Gambrel, Clinton, IL; along with several great nieces and a great nephew.

 

Tracy was a member of the Kenney Christian Church. He enjoyed Harley Davidson, Chicago Cubs, and rock music. He truly loved the lord and cooking a wide array of dishes.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

 

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