Dewitt Obits

Rita Darlene (Leuchtenberg) Toohill

Rita Darlene (Leuchtenberg) Toohill, 89 of LeRoy, IL passed away 9:34 PM May 17, 2024 at her family home, LeRoy, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Friday, May 24, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Downs, IL with Father Stephen Willard and Father Dustin Schultz Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, May 23, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Rosary Services at 7 PM with Father Thomas Szydlik.


Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Rita was born March 25, 1935 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Maurice F. and Edythe (Shoemaker) Leuchtenberg. She married William C. Toohill November 8, 1958 in Bloomington, IL.


Survivors include her husband, William C. Toohill, LeRoy, IL; children, Kenneth (Debra) Toohill, Heyworth, IL, William (Lisa) Toohill, LeRoy, IL, Timothy (Ann) Toohill, LeRoy, IL, Patrick Toohill, LeRoy, IL, Robert Toohill, DeWitt, IL, James (Erin) Toohill, LeRoy, IL, and Thomas (Kristie) Toohill, LeRoy, IL; grandchildren, Jennifer, Jessica, William, John, Bradley, Thomas, Charlotte, Samuel, Abigail, Kathryn, Gregory, James, Paul, Michael, Kevin, Anna, great grandchildren, Jayce, Kaylee, Lynsie, Ashley, Connor, Grace, Nolan, Alexander; siblings, Wayne Leuchtenberg, Galesburg, IL and Marietta Peve, Walnut, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Gregory Toohill, great granddaughter, Melanie, and brother, Robert. 


Rita was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Downs. She loved gardening, crocheting, knitting, and quilting. 


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Joseph Vincent Ryan

Joseph Vincent Ryan, 63, passed away on July 21, 2023 and was laid to rest May 14, 2024during a private graveside service officiated by Father Thomas R. Szydlik from the St. John The Baptist Catholic Church.


In life, Joseph loved the outdoors, especially the mountains. He spent several years working as a licensed arborist. 


Joseph was the son of Gerald Francis and Mary Ann Ryan, Clinton. He is survived by his two children, four grandchildren, a sister, and many cousins and other extended family members.


May he rest in peace.    


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Lisa Rae Swearingen

Lisa Rae Swearingen, 60, of Wapella, IL passed away 7:15 PM, May 11, 2024 at her residence, Wapella, IL.


Memorial Services will be 9 AM, Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Asbury United Methodist Church, Springfield, IL.  Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements. 


Lisa was born December 25, 1963 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Robert L. and Mabel H. (Danner) Croutcher.


Survivors include her mother, Mabel Croutcher, Las Vegas, NV; brother, Larry Croutcher, Las Vegas, NV; partner of 11 years, Michael A. Knuth, Wapella, IL; daughter, Rachel Swearingen, Morton, IL; nephew, Rob Croutcher, Springfield, IL; her beloved dog, Bogey, and Lisa’s dear friend, Vanessa Flynn, Medway, OH.


She was preceded in death by her father, and two children, Carter and Ariel.


Lisa was employed at Owens Nursery for several years.  She enjoyed camping and fishing as well as collecting Harley-Davidson paraphernalia.  Most of all, Lisa loved spending time with Mike, going on Harley rides with him, and their Friday nights going out to dinner.

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Edward T. Kivlehan, Jr.

Edward T. Kivlehan, Jr., 95 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:02 P.M. May 16, 2024 at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.

Private graveside services and military honors will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Wapella, IL. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

Edward was born May 1, 1929 in Newport, RI the son of Edward T. and Mary (Greenman) Kivlehan, Sr. He married Nancy E. Shepherd February 27, 1954 in Waterloo, Iowa. She passed away February 3, 2010. 

Survivors include his son Edward T. (Donna) Kivlehan, III, Clinton, IL; six grandchildren; and a sister Barbara (Sye) Romak, Charleston, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Kevin B. Kivlehan, five brothers, and one sister.

Edward was a Deputy Warden in Rhode Island and later was a supervisor for Illinois Power.

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Ruth Ann Rickgauer

Ruth Ann (Sullivan) Rickgauer, age 86, passed peacefully from this life April 20, 2024 at her home. She was born July 28, 1937 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Harold D. and Florence (Hollibaugh) Sullivan.


Ruth Ann was married to the love of her life, Dwight M. Rickgauer on February 5, 1961. They were the parents of Dwight Michael Rickgauer (deceased) and Dana Elizabeth Rickgauer, Clinton, IL. Surviving are four grandchildren, Ryan and Lauren Rickgauer, Algonquin, IL, Nicholas Cole (granddaughter-in-law, Burgandy Biayeu) Johnston and Kailei Elizabeth Johnston.


She was dearly loved by her great grandchildren, Petyon Nicole Johnston, age 13, Nicholas Cole Johnston, age 12 and Bailey Ann Johnston, age 5.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dwight M. Rickgauer, and son, Dwight Michael Rickgauer, brother, Larry E. Sullivan, and sisters, Norma Arlene Sosamon, and Mary Ellen Junkert. She has one living sister, Marilyn Thayer, Clinton, IL.


Throughout her working career, she was employed by Raymond Lamkin Law Office, Rickgauer Sand & Gravel (owner), Clinton Nuclear Power Plant, Herrick, Rudasill & Moss Attorneys-at-law, Dewitt Savings Bank and Knotty Pine Bar (owner), Assumption, IL.


Ruth Ann was an avid collector of antiques and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Per Ruth Ann’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. A Celebration of Life will be planned in the future. Memorial gifts may be made payable to the DeWitt County Animal Shelter, Clinton, IL or to the family.


When Tomorrow Comes

When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand;
The angel said my place was ready in heaven far above
And that I would have to leave behind all those I dearly love.
But when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home,

For God looked down, smiled at me, and told me “Welcome Home.”
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me,

I’m right there in your heart.

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Kimberly S. Young

Kimberly (Kim) S. Young, 66, of Maroa, IL, passed away on May 4th, 2024.


Kim was born on January 20th, 1958, in Peoria, IL. Kim graduated from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 1976. She worked various local jobs before working as a bookkeeper at the Maroa Farmer’s Co-Op Elevator for 15 years, and the Maroa-Forsyth School District Unit Office for 17 years. She enjoyed working with her close friend Rene Weikle, and retired from the District Office in 2015 to spend more time with her family. She was a member of the Maroa United Methodist Church.


She met Curtis (Curt) E. Young in high school, and they married on May 5th, 1979 at Maroa United Methodist Church. Kim & Curt were blessed with one son, Chad. Chad was born in 1983 in Decatur. Kim was looking forward to celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary with her family.


Kim enjoyed reading, shopping, and spending many summers at their cabin on Pana Lake. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed visiting her dad’s side of the family in Peoria as often as possible. She enjoyed the annual trip to the Apple & Pork Festival with her good friend Debbie Ooton.


Kim wanted to carry on her mother’s legacy as an exceptional caretaker for her grandkids and spent as much time with them as possible. She cheered them on at all of their activities, and never said no to taking them for ice cream after school or practice. They adored her, and miss their Mamaw very much.


She was preceded in death by her father, Byron Payne, her mother, Janice Mercer, brother-in-law, Richard Young, uncle, Gary McKinney, aunt, Joan Dobbs, and cousins, Darla Dobbs, Rick Dobbs, and Kevin McKinney.


She is survived by her loving husband, Curt, son, Chad (Lauren), and her grandchildren, Amelia & Colby; stepmom, Cecelia Payne, sister, Donna (Chris) Malone, brothers-in-law, Roger (Sherryl) Young, Charles (Pam) Young, sister-in-law, Barb Young, aunt, Marilyn McKinney, aunt, Marilyn Vise, cousin, Diane Dobbs, and many beloved nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be held from 5-7pm, on Friday, May 10th, 2024, and a Funeral Service will be held at 10am on Saturday, May 11th with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating, both will be at the Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton.


Memorials may be made to the Maroa United Methodist Church or the Maroa-Forsyth School District Foundation.


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Noble Fredrick Ensminger

Noble Fredrick Ensminger, 95, just forty four days shy of his 96th birthday,  of Port Charlotte, Florida,  formally of Heyworth, Bloomington and Peoria IL, passed from this life unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep into Heaven on April 12, 2024.  He was born May 26, 1928 in Heyworth, IL, and was the son of Frederick Leadford and Florence Noble Ensminger. He was married to Barbara Ann Parlier in 1950, who survives in Bloomington, and from this union were born Sherry Vondran, Stephen Ensminger and Janice McCormick. Grandchildren: Jared, Justin, and Joshua Southwell, Kiona, and Colette McCormick, and  Seven Great Grandchildren: Taylor, Haley, Rylie, Ella, Brooke, Kate and Xavier; and two Great Great Grandchildren: Lily and Axel;  his sisters, Jule Ensminger and Fern Ensminger Noth   He later married Dora  Sapp Lyons at Peoria, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Louise Greenfield, Eleanor Smith, and Winifred Ensminger and Dora Ensminger.


Noble was a graduate of Heyworth High School, Class of 1946, U.S. Marine Corps Casual/Air Squadron 11, working in Aerial Photography, Illinois State University, majoring in Art, and Heartland Community College majoring in Computer Science.  He was a Branch Manager for Electrolux, retiring in1986; Member of the Million Dollar Club at Snyder Real Estate, retiring in 1994 and Assistant Manager of Recruiting for the United States Census Bureau. He was an avid golfer and historian, researching the genealogies of the Ensminger and Noble families.


He was an Artist, loved to paint ‘plein air’ style in oils, acrylic, pastels and watercolor. He was a member of Artists Alley in Clinton IL and the Charlotte County Art Guild Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda, FL. For over 30 years he won first and second placings on his artwork at Art Shows and fairs and won the State of Illinois first place award twice at the University of Illinois in Urbana.  Noble always stated: “You never see anything as it really is until you have painted it.”


Being raised on his Great Grandfather Dr. Harrison Noble’s farm, which was homesteaded in 1832, he loved the outdoors and learned the value of a great work ethic.  An avid sportsman, he loved to hunt in the timbers of IL and fish off the Venice Pier and look for shark’s teeth on Manasota Beach. He was baptized at the Heyworth Christian Church and his faith in Jesus Christ was truly evident and a part of his everyday life.  Noble was proud of his “Noble” name which was a part of family history, as his Great Great Grandfather John Noble,  was an English Sea Captain who left England, denounced his English citizenship, and fought in the Revolutionary War.


Noble was a very outgoing and friendly man, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor and friend to many.  Per his wishes, cremation services were accorded from Roberson Funeral Home, Port Charlotte, FL, and his ashes will be interred at Sarasota Florida National Military Cemetery with full military honors.  He stated that moving to sunny Florida in 1995 was the one of the best decisions he ever made. Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Christian Church, 308 North Vine, Heyworth, IL or to any Pet Shelter of your choice.

William "Bill" Carl Johnson

William “Bill” Carl Johnson, 95 of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Plano, TX and Clinton, IL died of pneumonia complications at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL on May 1, 2024

Born April 2, 1929 in Clinton, IL the son of William and Vernice (Sapp) Johnson. Bill was the youngest of eight children. Two brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. 

He served four years in the U.S. Army as a topographic engineer stationed in the Philippines during the Korean Conflict.

Bill married Patricia J. (Polen) Swanik in 1953. He later married Joanne Moreland. She preceded him in death in 2009.

Survivors include his children, Dr. William C. (Karen) Johnson, Bloomington, IL; David L. Johnson, North Hills, CA, Rebecca S. (Lindon) Riddle, Clinton, IL, Marjorie L. (Ric) Greuter, East Peoria, IL, step children, Roberta (Cade) Brown, The Colony, TX, Patricia (Andrew) Alverson, Plano, TX, Francine (Paul) Crownhart, McKinney, TX, Christine (Paul) Shiosaki, Torrance, CA, and Gerald Moreland, Lewisville, TX, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 14 step grandchildren; 11 step great grandchildren, and 1 step great great grandchild.

Bill enjoyed bowling, cards, and games. He had retired from Revere Copper & Brass after 30 years. 

Private family graveside services will be at Center Cemetery, Flanagan, IL with Military Honors. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

Memorials may be presented in William’s name to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

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Mary Alice Wrone

Mary Alice Wrone (nee Gano) passed away on May 1, 2024 of natural causes at Liberty Village in Clinton, Illinois.
Alice was born on November 7, 1935 in a rural Dewitt County farmhouse, to Ray Oakley and Oleta Mae (nee Eller) Gano. Emerging into the world three months premature, in the middle of an unseasonably early snow storm, she miraculously survived - due, in no small part, to her fierce force of will, as well as to the crude incubator her father cobbled together from a copper boiler and bricks heated on the stove.
An only child, Alice was nonetheless surrounded by companions in childhood – of both the human variety (most notably, the Thrasher kids, with whom she routinely patrolled Salt Creek timber) and the animal variety, including the lambs, calves, horses and chickens that populated the family's farm. She was a lifelong lover of cats. Chauncey, Willie Waterhead, Sam, Tripod, Cleo, and dozens of other outrageously spoiled felines are without doubt noisily purring as they reunite with their caregiver.
A 1953 graduate of Clinton High School, Alice married Robert Lynn Wrone, an Illinois Central Railroad brakeman and conductor, on March 20, 1955 in Lane Christian Church. They would have three children: Lisa Kaye (DeWitt County, Illinois) and twin boys, David Gano (University City, MO) and Steven William (Washington, D.C.).
Her husband preceded her in death in 1994. Her children survive, as does her cherished grandson, Robert James Gano Wrone, of St. Louis, MO.
A late-in-life companion, Bob Stearns - a fine and caring man - also preceded Alice in death.
Alice worked for many years at the Clinton Power Plant, having re-entered the work force after shepherding her off-spring into quasi-adulthood. There, as elsewhere, she was beloved and respected for her intelligence and sense of humor.
Following the untimely death of her husband, Alice re-established her bond with many childhood associates, and the Saturday night card games that ensued yielded thousands of hours of fellowship and recreation.
At her request, Alice will be cremated, with that service provided by Calvert Funeral Homes. A graveside service will be held at a later date. 


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Harry Harding Hawkins

Harry Harding Hawkins, 75, of Clinton, IL passed away 3:00 PM, April 27, 2024 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.


A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be 11 AM, Casual Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Journey Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


In lieu of flowers because of family allergies, memorials may be directed to Journey Church.


Harry was born May 27, 1948 in San Francisco, CA the son of Jerold and Katherine (Stuart) Hawkins. He married Karen Kay Altes April 13, 1979 in Clinton, IL.  She passed away April 16, 2019.


Survivors include his children, Tisha (Brian) Griffin, Clinton, IL and Robert H. (Amber) Hawkins, Peoria, IL; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.


He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.


Harry was a member of Journey Church, Clinton, IL.  Harry was a Union Carpenter.  He moved to Illinois from California to help build the Clinton Nuclear Power Station.  After his retirement, Harry worked at various power plants on the East Coast helping with their power outages.  His hobbies included volunteering his skills at his church and golfing.  Harry was a devoted family man who worshiped his wife and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.


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Philip R. Chesnek

Philip A. Chesnek, 89, of Clinton, IL passed away 8:55 A.M. April 21, 2024 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Monday, April 29, 2024 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Fr. Thomas R. Szydlik, Celebrant followed by Military Honors. There will be no visitation. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA.


Philip was born April 7, 1935 in Casner Twp., IL the son of Frank A. and Helen T. (Lance) Chesnek, Jr.  He married Catherine Mullins July 11, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL. She passed away August 29, 2022.


Survivors include a host of friends from the church and community.


Philip was preceded in death by his parents.


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Michael J. Reidy, Sr.

Michael J. Reidy, Sr., 69, of Springfield, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois and Clinton, Illinois passed away at 11:05 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2024, at HSHS St. John's Medical Center Springfield, Illinois.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Saturday April 27, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Bloomington, Illinois with Fr. Gregory Nelson celebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Bloomington, Illinois.

Visitation will be 4-7 pm Friday April 26, 2024, at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home Bloomington, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School of Bloomington, Illinois or Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Mike was born May 6, 1954, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of John E. “Jack” and Suzanne “Sue” (Costigan) Reidy.  He married JoAnn Wannemacher on October 10, 1981, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Surviving is his wife JoAnn Reidy of Springfield.  Sons, Joe (Maddy) Reidy of Springfield and Bill (Melissa) Reidy of Normal, Illinois, Grandchildren, Brylee, Fynleigh, Jack, Liam and Wesley Reidy.  Also surviving are sisters, Joan (Robert) Hays of Kentland, Indiana and Molly (Michael) Wieting of Bloomington and Brother, John (Judy) Reidy of Houston, Texas.

Mike was preceded by his granddaughter, Harper Elizabeth Reidy and his parents.

He was a lifelong police officer serving as the Chief of Police in Chenoa, Illinois, Wiscasset, Maine and retiring from Clinton, Illinois.  Mike was a graduate of Bloomington Central Catholic High School and Western Illinois University.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington and Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Springfield.

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Roger D. Moody

Roger D. Moody 73 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:09 PM April 14, 2024 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.


A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, April 20, 2024 at The Clinton American Legion, 219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton, IL with Pastor Marsha Funneman officiating.  A Celebration of Roger’s Life will follow.  The family requests casual attire.  The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the DeWitt Co. 4-H.


Roger was born June 7, 1950 in Decatur, IL the son of Beryl E. and JoAnn (Anderson) Moody.


Survivors include his children: Angela (Julie) Moody, Springfield, IL and Chad Moody, Slidell, LA; siblings, Ernest (Lynn) Moody, Springfield, IL; Larry Moody, Clinton, IL; and Janet (Jun) Caba, Savoy, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Thelma May.


Roger owned and operated Moody Home Improvement for several years and also farmed.  He was an avid fisherman.

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Kathryn N. Anderson

Kathryn N. Anderson 96 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:10 A.M. April 15, 2024 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 3 PM Friday, April 19, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association. 

Kathryn was born June 25, 1927 in Yates City, IL the daughter of Myrtle William and Clara Belle (Murphy) Rogers. She married Robert Louis Anderson August 15, 1946 in Tazwell County, IL. He passed away January 1, 1996.

Survivors include her children, Rosea (Alan) Elliott, Ankeny, IA; RG (Paula) Anderson, Wapella, IL; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 5 great great-grandchildren. 

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters.

Kathryn enjoyed working alongside her husband, Robert, building homes. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and was an avid Cubs fan.

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Leslie B. Glennie

Leslie B. Glennie 73 of Waynesville, IL passed peacefully 9:00 AM, April 12, 2024 at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski, IL after fighting lung cancer.


A celebration of life will be at a later date. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.


Leslie was born November 28, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois the daughter of Harry H. and Martha Ann (Tygrest) Shifflet.


Survivors include her mother, Martha Ann Shifflet; daughter, Annie Elizabeth Glennie; son, Levie Thomas (Angela) Glennie; grandchildren, Leif and Brianna;  sister, Lee (Terry) Stolarski; brother, Eric (Betsy) Shifflet.


Lelsie was preceded in death by her father, Harry Shifflet.


Leslie was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter in Hastings, MN. Leslie was the sparkle in every instance and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

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Mary Ann Maxwell

Mary Ann Maxwell, 74, of Clinton, IL passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.


Mary was born on January 17, 1950 in Bloomington, IL to Joseph Robert and Ann (Schmid) Maxwell.  She grew up on a dairy farm in Waynesville, IL.  Mary’s life on the farm was an inspiration for her love of animals, especially dogs and cats.


She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.


Mary was preceded in death by her parents.  Surviving are her two brothers, Robert (Pat) Maxwell of Monticello, IL and Joseph Maxwell of Bloomington, IL.  One of her favorite times was preparing meals for the family.  Her nieces and nephews were especially fond of her homemade noodles and Katherine Hepburn brownies.


Mary will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin to all the Schmid and Mehl kids, and friend.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 noon, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Fr. Thomas R. Szydlik, Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL.  Visitation will be 11 AM – 12 noon Wednesday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mary’s memory to St. John the Baptist Church, Clinton, IL or a charity of your choice.


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Steven K. LaDew

Steven K. LaDew 90 of Waynesville, IL passed away 8:40 PM April 9, 2024 at The Arc At Normal, Normal, IL. 

He was born on November 12, 1933 in Waynesville, IL to Goffrey and Wealthy (Brock) LaDew. Steve attended Waynesville High School before enlisting in the Navy in 1951, where he served for just under 3 years. On December 22, 1956, he married Carol Irene Craig. Together, they had three children. Steve and Carol enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. 

Steve enjoyed the outdoors and watching the dogs work when he was pheasant hunting. It was something he looked forward to every year. Steve was an active member of the Waynesville Legion Post #1189, where he served as Commander for several years in addition to participating in the Honor Guard activities. He was also a member of the Clinton Eagles.
Steve retired from Caterpillar where he enjoyed many leadership positions that took him to the far corners of the world in England, India, Canada, Chile, and Spain as well as many states.

Steve is survived by his children, Craig (Joni) LaDew of Danvers, Scott LaDew of Waynesville and Terri (Bill) Culhan of Boca Raton, Florida, 6 grandchildren; Karli (Doug) Yoder, Shane LaDew, Toni LaDew, Jessie LaDew, Cassi (Josh) Baker and Jenna Culhan, 5 great-grandchildren, Cade and Emery Yoder, Gage LaDew, Saylor Engstrom and Gatlin Bauer and family friend Cindy White. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Carol, his parents and brothers and sisters.  

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, April 20 2024 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Deepak Holkar officiating. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the EMT of Waynesville, the Waynesville Methodist Church and the Waynesville Legion Post 1189.   

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Richard "Dick" Dale Baum

Richard “Dick” Dale Baum, 96, of Clinton, IL passed away 3:08 AM, Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Sugar Creek, Normal, Illinois.


Services will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Mark Cooper and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will be 10 AM Thursday, April 11, 2024 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.


Dick was born January 11, 1928 in Carlock, IL. The only child born to Arthur W. and Loretta (Schrock) Baum. After graduating from Carlock High School, Dick attended Bluffton College in Bluffton, OH. He returned home to Carlock where, in 1948, he became an operating partner at his father’s car dealership, Baum Motor Company.


Dick married Marjorie J. Moser September 4, 1948. The pair were married until Marjorie’s death in 2020. In 1964, Dick and Marjorie moved their three children from Carlock to Clinton when purchasing Holtz Chevrolet Buick. Dick was President of Baum Chevrolet Buick from 1964 to 1992 and remained active in the business through his death. Personal service was important to him, and he carried this throughout his career.


A talented musician, Dick enjoyed playing the marimba, singing in choirs, including the Bloomington Normal Barbershop Chorus and the gospel quartet, the Evangelaires for 15 years Dick served on the Mennonite and John Warner Hospital boards and actively volunteered his time with the Mennonite Central Committee and Habitat for Humanity in Florida.


Someone who never met a stranger, Dick loved traveling near and far, collecting new friends along the way. He and Marjorie traveled to Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, New Zealand, Australia, and across the United States in their motorcoach.


Dick is survived by his two children, Stephanie (Mike) Company and Scott (Nancy) Baum; daughter-in-law, Rhonda (Chuck) Kern; grandchildren, Joseph (Carrie) Company, Jeffrey Company, Rachel Torbert, Janell (Spencer) Thomas, and seven great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Stephen Baum and wife, Marjorie.


Given Dick’s love of people and service, donations may be made to Little Galilee Christian Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 61727 or to Camp Friedenswald, 15406 Watercress Way, Cassopolis, MI. 49031-9532.


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Deanna Kay Spencer

Deanna Kay Spencer 56 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:14 A.M. April 2, 2024 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 10 AM Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, April 5, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL

Memorials may be directed to Clinton Community Educational Foundation In Memory of Deanna Spencer.

Deanna was born April 14, 1967 in Clinton, IL the daughter of James William “Bill” and Betty (Provin) Clark. She married Michael Spencer May 1, 1993 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Spencer, Clinton, IL, father, James William “Bill” (Cathy) Clark, Kenney, IL, mother, Betty J. Clark, Clinton, IL, sister, Londa Dunlap, Bloomington, IL, one niece, Stevi (Brett) Schenkel, Merriam, KS, and her cats, Isabella and Spence.

Deanna worked at State Farm, Bloomington, IL as an Administrative Assistant for 37 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.

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Helen Laverne Ballenger

Helen Laverne Ballenger, 88, of Clinton, IL passed away 1:50 AM, April 1, 2024 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Skeet Stribling officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Wednesday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Helen Laverne Ballenger Memorial Fund.


Helen was born November 28, 1935 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Otis and Helen Louise (Campbell) Newberry.  She married Charles H. Ballenger November 13, 1953 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away March 25, 1996.


Survivors include her children:  Billy Lynn (Debbie) Ballenger, Waynesville, IL; Chris Ballenger, Clinton, IL; and Charles Ballenger, Clinton, IL; seven grandchildren:  Derek (Christina) Ballenger, Atlanta, IL; Destiny Ballenger, Waynesville, IL; Chrystal Ballenger, Clinton, IL; Jamee (Jason) Sherlay, Maroa, IL; Christopher Luster, Springfield, IL, Staci (Scott O’Neal) Ballenger, Kenney, IL; and Chad (Kate Willis) Ballenger, Clinton, IL; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Twanda Reynolds, Clinton, IL also survive.


She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one sister; and daughter-in-law, Tamala “Tami” Ballenger.


Helen worked at Spurgeons Department Store where she was known by her son, Bob, as “The Coat Lady”.  She also served as the Past-President of A.B.W.A.  Most of all, Helen loved spending time with her family as that was the most important thing in her life.


Clifford Eugene Carter

Clifford Eugene Carter, 84, of Clinton, IL passed away 1:46 AM, March 29, 2024 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Graveside services will be 1 PM Thursday, April 4, 2024 at the Heyworth Cemetery, Heyworth, IL with Pastor Spencer McPheron and Rev. Richard Gray officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Full Gospel Tabernacle, Heyworth, IL.


Clifford was born July 21, 1939 in Clinton, IL the son of George and Gladys (Nelson) Carter.

He married Mary L. Frisby February 4, 1963 in Trenton, GA.


Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Carter, Clinton, IL, brother-in-law, Donald Byrd, Heyworth, IL, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Clifford was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Heyworth, IL. He worked as a machinist at Eureka Co. in Bloomington, IL.


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Joy Compton

McLean – Joy Compton, 82, of McLean, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Graveside Services for Joy will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Point Pleasant Cemetery in Long Creek Township.

Arlieta Joy Tucker was born June 13, 1941, in Cowden, Illinois, the daughter of Herbert I. and Donna M. Evans Tucker. She was united in marriage to Rodney Compton on July 24, 1960. He preceded her in death October 26, 2012.

Joy is survived by her children: Sonia Smith and Randy (Jodie) Compton; four grandchildren: Broc (Caitlin) Compton, Blake (Ty) Compton, Jessica (Andrew) Runge, and Eric (Lindsay) Smith; six great-grandchildren: Charlie, Jacob, Ryder, Emree, Daniel, and Caleb; and one sister, Kaye Banning.

Joy was a graduate of Cowden-Herrick High School. She was a member of the McLean Christian Church and enjoyed crafting, patio gardening, sewing, reading, and spending time with her grandkids.

Memorials may be made to the McLean Christian Church or Mt. Hope-Funks Grove Fire Department.

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

John William Dyer

John William Dyer, 69 of Clinton, IL, passed away 3:15 AM March 19, 2024 at his home in Clinton, IL.


Services will be 3 PM, Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Darren Barnhill officiating. Visitation will be 1-3 PM, Tuesday at the funeral home.  The family requests casual attire. Private Burial will take place at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Fire Department.


John was born May 20, 1954 in Decatur, IL the oldest son of William Fred and Norma Jean (Lourash) Dyer. He married Linda Pistole June 19, 1976 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Linda Dyer, Clinton, IL, brothers, Donald Dyer, Kevin Dyer, and Mark Dyer and their families. Also surviving are his nephews, Matt Dyer, Brad Dyer, Daniel Dyer, Shane Dyer, Mike Pistole, Tom Pistole, Russell Pistole, and Rod Bradford and their families; nieces, Debra Focht, Cheryl Barron, Michelle Dyer, Delany Babyak, Christine Longo and their families. Many great nieces and great nephews also survive.


He was preceded in death by parents.


John was a volunteer for the Apple & Pork Festival for ten years, a Scout Master for Clinton Troop #142, member of the Masonic Lodge AF & AM, Eagle Aerie #593 President for two years, Eagle Aerie #593 Trustee for 14 years, Eagles Sausage Gravy Guru, member of the Friends of Hooah for five years, long time member of the Clinton Fire Department receiving firefighter of the year award in 1987 and in 2019, member of the Honor Guard for 9/11 Steel Escort from the World Trade Center through Illinois; and a member of the Flag Ceremony for all veteran funerals.


He was a GM Master Tech at Baum Chevrolet for over 30 years along with being a GM Mentor for students from the satellite school in Peoria.


John was Firefighter II with the Clinton Fire Department. He received certification for Firefighter Apparatus Engineer State of Illinois, HazMat First Responder Operation State of Illinois, First Responder EMS and EMR State of Illinois, and CPR. He was always a teacher and mentor for the new members of the fire department.


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Merle Delmar "Skinny" Welch

Clinton -- Merle Delmar Welch, known as “Skinny” by his friends and loved ones, passed away on March 11, 2024, at the age of 89. Born on May 20, 1934, at the family home near Birkbeck in DeWitt County, IL to Mary Ona Spencer and Nathan Cecil Welch. “Skinny” was a lifelong resident of the Clinton-area community. 


PVT Welch selflessly served his country as a member of the US Army’s Battalion HQ Div, 19th Infantry Regiment. In 1957, he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Div. in Korea.


In 1952 he married the late Donna Carolyn Tuggle. Together they had four sons and one daughter. In 1963 he married the late Barbara Jean Leevey. They had one son and one daughter. 


Everyone who knew “Skinny” knew that he could usually be found tinkering in the yard. Whether it be fixing up his ‘50 ford, farming on the land, enjoying his tractors (usually with a pup trotting close behind). On occasion, he and his son Terry would enjoy a squirrel hunt. 


Beside his love for his family, he was best known for his pride and the work he put into his garden. No one ever left without some fresh garden tomatoes to enjoy. 


We couldn’t have asked for a better Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, or Friend, and will miss “Skinny” everyday. His memory will live on in the hearts of all who loved him. 


Merle “Skinny” Welch was preceded in death by his parents Nathan and Mary, his five brothers; Robert, Clarence, Virgil, Donald, and John; his five sisters; Margaret, Eva, Mabel, Ada, and Mary Alice; his wife, Barbara; his two sons, Merle Lee and Terry Nathan; one grandchild, Kamala D. Welch. 


He is survived by his two daughters; Judy Ann (Norman) Noble of Morriston, FL and Lori Ann (Dave) Foulks of Clinton, IL. His three sons; Roger (Ingrid) Welch of Clinton, IL, Billy (Claudia) Welch of Portland, TN, Paul Dean (Theresa) Welch of Armington, IL, his 26 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. 


A Rememberance Reunion is scheduled for June 2024. Details to follow.

Richard "Dick" Baldwin

Richard “Dick” Baldwin 84 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:27 A.M. March 17, 2024 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 11 AM Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Mountjoy Cemetery, Atlanta, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption


Dick was born February 20, 1940 in Atlanta, IL the son of Leebert Franklin “Finn” and Dorothy Anna (Howen) Baldwin. He married Nancy Angel May 29, 1976 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Nancy Baldwin, Clinton, IL; stepsons, Don (Karissa) West, Clinton, IL and Gary West, Clinton, IL, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.


Dick was preceded in death by his son Richard Baldwin, Jr., parents, and sister, Lois Enright.


Dick served his country in the United States Airforce. He was an Illinois State Police Trooper for 30 years with Springfield District. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and acquired a black belt rank in Tae Kwon Do and Karate. He also trained in pressure point control.


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