Dewitt Obits Archives for 2012-06

Darwin Dob Howry of Clinton

Darwin “Dob” Howry, 99, of Clinton died at 8 p.m. Friday (June 29, 2012) at his family home in Clinton.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. The family requests casual attire. David Stephenson and J. Kent Hickerson will officiate. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Assembly, Weldon Springs Foundation or a memorial of the donor’s choice.

He was born March 30, 1913, in Graham, Texas, to Rufus Jackson Howry and Kate Paschal Howry. He married Jean Jandrew on March 25, 1956, in Vernal, Utah.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Howry, Clinton; children, Kelly (Debbie) Howry, Clinton; Karen (Stuart) Campbell, Cary, N.C.; Kay (Tim) Bostwick, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Koni (Ken) Lovett, Clinton; 12 grandchildren, Travis, Kelsey, Allie, Jordan, Connor, Spencer, Tyler, Taysha, Tanner, Reese, Sadie and Betsy; and one great-grandchild, Maddox.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jesse Howry; and one sister, Lucille “Boots” Hart.

Dob was the superintendent of the oil fields northeast of Wapella from its beginning in 1962. He retired in 1984 at age 71.

He enjoyed camping, traveling and being with his family and recently danced at his 99th birthday surrounded by his entire family and friends.

Delores Dee M. Ticknor Snapp of Monticello

Delores “Dee” M. Ticknor Snapp, 76, Monticello, formerly of Mount Zion and Decatur, passed away Thursday (June 28, 2012) at the Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello. A memorial service to celebrate Delores’ life will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home in Mount Zion, with the Rev. Randy Perry and the Rev. Gregory Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Township Cemetery. Visitation for Delores will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Orville Raymond Thomas of Lincoln

Orville Raymond Thomas, 95, Lincoln, World War II Army veteran and retired Caterpillar Inc. maintenance worker, died Wednesday (June 27, 2012). Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, Lincoln Christian Church. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial: Mount Pulaski Cemetery, with military rites. Memorials: Lincoln Christian Church or Mount Pulaski Masonic Lodge.

Elizabeth Betty Alice Foran of Monticello

Elizabeth "Betty" Alice Foran, 88 of Monticello, Il, passed away at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at home. Memorials may be made to: Faith in Action. A Celebration of Life will be at an Open House for family and friends, Saturday June 30, 2012 form 2:00 - 4:00, Monticello.

Helen A. Jones of Champaign

Helen A. Jones, 93, of Champaign, retiree from Collegiate Cap & Gown of Champaign, passed away at 8 a.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2012 at Heath & Vaughn Funeral Home, Champaign. The Rev. Paul Kohler will officiate. Memorials may be made to Hickory Point Christian Village, Forsyth, and Heartland ManorCare of Decatur.

Patricia F. Barche of Clinton

Patricia F. Barche, 81, Clinton, formerly of Olney and Iuka, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Monday (June 25, 2012) at Liberty Village Manor Court, Clinton.

Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Summers-Kistler Funeral Home, Olney, with the Rev. Steve Griener officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Haven Hill Cemetery, Olney. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, Bloomington.

Patricia was born  March 21, 1931, in Olney, the daughter of William and Blondeana Worrell Houser. She married Melvin E. Barche Sr. on March 20, 1951.

She is survived by one son, Chip; special friend, Paula Trice, Olney; and one daughter, Sissy Leggett and husband Rick, Clinton. Also surviving are siblings, Marianne Houser, Iuka; Jane Bateman and special friend Ernie Sutherlin, Flora; and Bill Houser, Iuka; grandsons, James Harmon and wife Sarah, Normal; Matthew Barche and wife Vivian, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; and Nathan Morris, Colorado; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Patricia was a member of First Baptist Church, Olney, as well as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She graduated from East Richland High School. Upon graduation, she worked for attorney Lawrence L. Arnold until she moved to Virginia with her husband. She worked for the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in Washington, D.C. from 1954 to 1957. In 1955, she was presented an award of merit at the Pentagon by Col. Edward I. Pratt Jr., USAF commander. She returned to Illinois in 1959 to raise her children and worked as a caseworker for the state of Illinois Department of Public Aid until her retirement in 1982.

She enjoyed singing and tap dancing and performed in the sorority variety shows in Olney for many years. She taught Sunday school at First Baptist Church. She was a devoted mother and sister; her children were her life; and she will be greatly missed.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful employees at Liberty Village, past and present, who have cared for Patricia for the last five years. Your kindness, compassion and caring is truly appreciated; she loved you all.

Alfred Paul Conover of Clinton

Alfred Paul Conover, 64, Clinton, died at 10:04 p.m. Sunday (June 24, 2012) at his residence in Clinton.

Service: 11 a.m. Friday, graveside at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon. The Rev. John Roberson will officiate.

Visitation: None. Cremation rites will be accorded. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors: his wife, Joyce Conover, Clinton; two children, Darrell Conover and Paula Conover, Clinton; one brother, Richard Conover, Monticello; and two grandchildren.

Larry K. Rogers of Bement

Larry K. Rogers, 75 of Bement, IL., passed away at 6:40 P.M. on Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Imboden Creek Living Center, Decatur, IL. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 2400 S. Franklin St. Road, Decatur, IL. with a prayer service conducted by Rev. Father Joe Molloy at 4:30 P.M. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M., on Thursday, June 28, 2012 also at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Decatur, IL. The Rev. Father Joe Molloy will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, Illinois. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bement High School Boys Basketball Program.

John R. Oakley of Monticello

John R. Oakley, 69, of Monticello passed away at 3:45 p.m. Thursday (June 21, 2012). Per John's request, he will be cremated. There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, July 7th at 11am at the First Christian Church in Monticello, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given in John's name to First Christian Church, Monticello, IL.

Edgar H. McCain of Mt. Pulaski

Edgar H. McCain, 70, Mount Pulaski, died Thursday (June 21, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Mount Pulaski. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Burial: Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski. Memorials: American Cancer Society or American Heart Association .

Joe E. Davis Jr. of Clinton

Joe E. Davis, Jr., 96, Marion, Ala., formerly of Clinton, World War II Army veteran and Spanish teacher, died Wednesday (June 20, 2012). Graveside Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Weldon Cemetery, with military rites. No visitation.Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Lorena Ruth Smith of Monticello

Lorena Ruth Smith, 79, of Monticello, passed away and went to heaven on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 after a brave and hard-fought battle with cancer.. All services will be held at Mackey-Wright Funeral Home in Monticello, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., and the funeral service Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement, IL. Memorials may be made to the Piatt County Animal Shelter, the Piatt County Food Pantry, or the Shiners' Crippled Children's Hospital.

Ronald E. Ipsen of Clinton

Ronald Edward Ipsen, 74, Clinton, died at 8:33 a.m. Monday (June 18, 2012) at Dr. John Warner Hospital, Clinton.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton. The Rev. Joel        Dietrich will officiate.

Interment will be at Atlanta Cemetery, Atlanta. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church Preschool or Clinton Kiwanis Club.

He was born Jan. 15, 1938, in Cook County, son of Elmer Ipsen and Esther Holmes. He married Bonnie J. Britsch on June 2, 1962, in Lincoln. She passed away March 11, 2008.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen L. Duran (Ed), Normal; one son, Bill E. Ipsen (Priya), Champaign; and two grandchildren, Anthony S. Duran and Grant E. Ipsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Clinton.

Ronald was a retired instructor for GTE, a member of the Clinton Kiwanis Club and the Illinois Valley Blacksmith Association. He was also a board member of the DeWitt County Museum.

Sara E. Easton of Clinton

Sara E. Easton, 76, of Clinton died 9:07 a.m. Sunday (June 17, 2012) in Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. There will be no services. The body was cremated. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials: donor's choice. Send condolences: www. Sara was born June 26, 1935, in Mattoon, the daughter of Roscoe and Nellie Tatman Sparling. She was owner and operator of Sara's Gift Shop in Clinton for 15 years. She married Robert E. Easton on Nov 13, 1953, in Toledo. Surviving are her husband; children, Michael (Debi) Easton, Kim (Rob) Easton-Gragg and Tammy (Ron) Shouse, all of Clinton; Mark and Pearl Humphreys, who they loved as children; brother, Ivan Sparling of Decatur; sister, Opal (Sid) Manning of Shelbyville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild on the way. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She lived her life by example and gave meaning to unselfish love, wisdom, courage and character. She affected us all and will forever live in our hearts.

Harold Williamson of Lincoln

Harold L. Williamson, 77, Lincoln, passed away Sunday (June 17, 2012) at his home.

The funeral for Mr. Williamson will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jefferson Street Christian Church, Lincoln, with Dr. Paul Boatman officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Fouts Cemetery, Irvington.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Arcola or to the Kimmie Williamson Educational Fund at the First National Bank in Arcola.

Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harold Lee Williamson was born Nov. 10, 1934, in Mount Vernon, the son of George Herbert and Grace Wells Williamson. He married Carolyn Witzel on April 12, 1958. She preceded him in death. He later married Pat Ward Cavenaile on July 4, 1992. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Kimmie McDowell Williamson, at home; Timothy (Kim) Williamson, Texas; Stephen (Vicki) Williamson, Mount Carmel; James (Cindy) Williamson, Texas; and David (Tracey) Williamson, Bloomington; stepchildren, David (Susie) Cavenaile, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Barbara (Jeff) Clott, Lincoln; and Mark Cavenaile, St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Joe (Joan) Mayo, Shawnee Mission, Kan.; 11 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife.

Mr. Williamson graduated from Mount Vernon High School, Lincoln Christian University and St. Louis Christian University.

Mr. Williamson recently retired from the First Christian Church in Arcola. He has served as a minister for more than 50 years, doing ministry in many Central Illinois communities. Locally, he served the Armington Christian Church.

Calvin B. Karr of Clinton

Calvin B. Karr, 84, Clinton, Army veteran and retired Caterpillar Inc. employee, died Saturday (June 16, 2012). Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church, Clinton. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Burial: Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, with military rites. Memorials: First Christian Church.

Shirley L. Bain of Hallsville

Shirley L. Bain, 91, Crawfordsville, Ind., formerly of Hallsville, died at 8:12 p.m. Saturday (June 16, 2012) at St. Elizabeth East, Lafayette, Ind. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with Sandy Gambrel officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Shirley L. Bain Memorial Fund.

Sandra Kay Vinson of Deer Creek, MO

Sandra Kay Vinson, 67, of Macks Creek., Mo., died Friday (June 15, 2012) in her family residence, surrounded by her family. Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Visitation will be two hours before services. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney. Send condolences: Sandra was born March 29, 1945, in Clinton, the daughter of Rollie and Jewell Hoge Fortner. She owned her own beauty shop. She married Douglas Vinson on July 1, 1967, in Clinton and later on Nov. 1, 1988, in Clinton. Surviving are her husband; children, Brian and wife Kim of Linn Creek, Mo.; David Vinson of Camdenton, Mo.; sisters, Connie Rogers and husband Ray of Lincoln; Judy Coffey of Clinton; grandchildren, Andy and Derek Vinson, Tori Williams and Russell Berning; great-grandchild, Caelin Williams; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Chuck Coffey.

Merle Willard Bus Wilham of Mt. Pulaski

Merle Willard "Bus" Wilham, 92, Henderson, Nev., formerly of Mount Pulaski, Army veteran and retired accountant, died Friday (June 15, 2012). Graveside service: noon Friday, Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski. Visitation: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Burial: Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski, with military rites. Memorials: American Legion Post 263, Lincoln.

Scott Michael Nelson of Clinton

Scott Michael Nelson, 40, Clinton, died Thursday (June 14, 2012). Arrangements incomplete: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

William J. Gorrell of Bement

William J. Gorrell, 93, of Bement died Thursday (June 14, 2012) in Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Services will be 10 a.m. Monday in Bement United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Paul Unger officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Roux–Hinds Funeral Home, Bement. Burial will be in Bement Township Cemetery. Memorials: Piatt County Mental Health or donor's choice.

Scott Michael Nelson of Clinton

Scott Michael Nelson, 40, Clinton, passed away at 7:10 p.m. June 14, 2012, at his residence in Clinton.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 10, 2012, at Waynesville Christian Church. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to his family. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, helped the family with cremation services.

Scott was born Oct. 11, 1971, in Clinton, the son of Charles and Nellie Fields Nelson, Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Nellie, Clinton; two sons, Brady Scott and Ashton Steven; and special aunt and uncle, Ernie and Mildred Danner. Scott is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Jr.; maternal grandparents, Lewis and Mildred Fields; and paternal grandparents, Charles and Ethel Nelson.

Scott was born on his great-grandfather Henry E. Preston’s birthday.

He worked as a cook for many years at Grecian Garden. Scott was in ill health for several years due to diabetes.

Scott loved watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears on TV. He was a member of Waynesville Christian Church.

Thomas Israel of Warrensburg

Thomas Israel, 94, McHenry, formerly of Warrensburg, died Wednesday (June 13, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Central Christian Church. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes, Decatur, and one hour before services in the church. Burial: Boiling Springs Cemetery. Memorials: Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Thomas Michael Lamkin of Clinton

Thomas Michael Lamkin, 78, Clinton, IL, passed away at 11 PM Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, IL. Funeral Services will be 11 AM Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Presbyterian Church, Clinton, IL with the Revs. Samantha and Benjamin Keller and J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be Friday evening from 4-7 PM at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Memorials may be made to Angel Tree, Presbyterian Church Youth Group or First Christian Church Food Bank. Tom was born on Jan. 25, 1934 in Watson, IL, the son of Raymond and Myrtle (Sprinkle) Lamkin. He married Nancy West on Sept. 19, 1975. Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy Lamkin; 7 children: Dan (Rhonda) Matthews, Tracy (Chris) Ryan, Sarah (Jay) Peterson, Julie Lamkin, Tom (Diane) Lamkin, Jr., Kathleen (Don) Penn, and Maria Dolbeare; 1 sister: Rita Lockard, 11 grandchildren: Meghan, Connor, Joey, Dexter, Dustin, Alyssa, Drew, Colin, Austin, Andrew and Matthew and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother: Raymond Lamkin. Tom was a graduate of Effingham High School and University of Illinois Law School. He was an attorney for 51 years. He also was a former DeWitt County the States Attorney. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. Tom enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and gardening. Mostly importantly, he loved his family and will deeply be missed.

Barbara Hislope of Bement

Barbara Hislope, 71 of Bement, IL. passed away at 11:20 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at the Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, IL. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, June 18, 2012 at the Roux – Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement, IL. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Mike Whitacker will officiate. Burial will be in the Bement Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Assoc. or the American Lung Assoc .

Lucile Kate Reed of Monticello

Lucile Kate Reed, 94, Monticello, formerly of Cisco, retired teacher, died Monday (June 11, 2012). Graveside services: 10 a.m. Thursday, VanVoorhis Cemetery, Hindsboro. Arrangements by: Shrader Funeral Home, Arcola. Memorials: Piatt County Nursing Home, Monticello.

Betty J. Martin of Monticello

Betty J. Martin, 85, Monticello, homemaker, died Monday (June 11, 2012). Graveside services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. No visitation. Arrangements by: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello. Memorials: Monticello Faith in Action, Kirby Medical Center Auxiliary or donor's choice.

Everett R. Moore of Heyworth

Everett R. Moore, 93, Woodstock, formerly of Heyworth, died June 7, 2012. Graveside services: 10 a.m. Monday, Long Point Cemetery, Wapella. No visitation. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Everett R. Moore Memorial Fund.

Susan F. Shepherd of Weldon

Susan F. Shepherd, 83, Toledo, retired Lake Land College food services director, died Wednesday (June 6, 2012). Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Barkley Funeral Chapel, Toledo. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Greenup Cemetery. Memorials: Alzheimer's Association .

Lola H. Reed of DeLand

 Lola H. Reed 94, of DeLand, IL passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from complications related to heart problems. Visitation will be Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home DeLand from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. Services will be held Monday, June 11, 2012 at the DeLand Christian Church at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to go to the Piatt County Farm Bureau Foundation, the Piatt County Faith in Action Peace Meals, or a local charity of your choice.

Deral Staton of Wapella

Deral Staton, 75, Wapella, Stapleton Transfer truck driver, died Sunday (June 3, 2012). Services: noon, Thursday, Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Visitation: two hours before services. Burial: McClimans Cemetery, Hallsville. Memorial: Epilepsy Foundation, American Lung Association or American Heart Association .

Jacklyn Ann Gardner of Clinton

Jacklyn Ann Gardner, 85, Clinton, registered nurse, died Sunday (June 3, 2012). Mass of Christian Burial: 2 p.m. Wednesday, St. John's Catholic Church, Clinton. Private visitation. Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton. Arrangements by: Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials: Disabled Veterans.

Helen M. Brighton of Champaign

Helen M. Brighton, 84 of Champaign, IL passed away 1:18 A.M. June 2, 2012 at her family home in Champaign, IL. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Burial will follow at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL. Friends may call from 10 to 11 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Weldon United Methodist Church. Helen was born December 23, 1927 in DeLand, IL the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Boyd) Mix. She married Arthur Brighton April 19, 1959 in Bloomington, IL. Survivors include her Husband: Arthur Brighton, Champaign, IL; Son: Bryan (Dianne) Brighton, Ann Arbor, MI; Daughter: Bonnie (Matt) Black, Champaign, IL; 3 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. She was preceded in death by her Parents and 2 Brothers. She was an active member of the Weldon United Methodist Church and worked at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, IL before pursuing a degree at Illinois State Normal College. She retired from the University of Illinois after serving as Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Marie A. Parks of Lincoln

 Marie A. Parks, 102, of Lincoln died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday (June 2, 2012) at St. Clara’s Manor Nursing Home, Lincoln.

Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lincoln. The Rev. Andrew Nyren will officiate. Arrangements are by Fricke Calvert Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Burial: Sugar Grove Cemetery, Sweetwater.

Visitation: 9:30 to 11 a.m. before the service Wednesday at the church.

Memorials: Immanuel Lutheran Church or donor’s choice.

Survivors: Her daughter, Charlene (Harold) Jeckel, Lincoln; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.Parks

Conus Taylor of Heyworth

Conus Taylor, 83, Heyworth, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Friday (June 1, 2012) at Heritage Health Center, Bloomington. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Heyworth. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Church of Heyworth, with a visitation starting at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Heyworth Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Heyworth Ambulance Service, Randolph Township Fire Department or the United Church of Heyworth.

Conus was born June 13, 1928, in Butler County, Ky., son of Clemon and Ethel Felty Taylor. He married Marjorie Sutter 62 years ago on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1950. She survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Carol (Dennis, deceased) Hanafin and Cheryl (Dan) Gebhardt, both of Heyworth; and son, Ron (Laurie) Taylor, Round Rock, Texas; eight grandchildren, Melinda (Mike) Decker, Bryan Hanafin, Darin (Mandy) Hanafin, Karen (Andy) Maharas, Jeannie (Jeremy) Mayfield, Marnie Gebhardt, and Blake and Ashley Taylor; 13 great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Wylie and Walker Hanafin, Briar Fish, Brody and Brayd Hanafin, Jahden Blanton, Braden and Trenton Decker, Kaylyne, Westin and Keatin Mayfield and Jolee Maharas.

Conus retired in 1991 after 42 years at Funk Seeds International. He was a member of the United Church of Heyworth, a 50-plus year member of the Decatur chapter Izaak Walton League and past member of the McLean Merry Mixers and Bloomington Circle 15 Square Dance clubs.

He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and taking them camping. He took pride in being the groundskeeper at LaTeaDa Tearoom in Clinton and was known for being able to fix anything. 

Marge and family would like to thank the staff and doctors at OSF S. Joseph Hospital and Heritage Health Center for the excellent compassion and care extended to Conus and his family.

Sue A. Richards of Farmer City

Sue A. Richards, 68, of Farmer City passed away at 9 a.m. Friday (June 1, 2012) at the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church, Farmer City. The Rev. Nadine Preston will officiate.  There will be no visitation. Cremation rites are accorded. Kirby Funeral Home, 708 S. Main St., Homer, is in charge of arrangements.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the activities department of the Farmer City Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Mrs. Richards was born on April 26, 1944, in Worth. She was the daughter of Everett Wayne and Clara Belle Wallis Richards.

Survivors include three children, Sarah (Larry) O’Neal, Farmer City; Jennifer (Jeff) Soucek, Bloomington; and Leonard Kirby, Farmer City; and four grandchildren, Jade, Jacquelyn and Clint O’Neal and Madison Kirby.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, John Richards.

She was the former activities director at the nursing home in Farmer City. She had a strong faith and attended for many years the Farmer City United Methodist Church and Trinity Church in Farmer City. Sue was an avid reader, and loved sewing, quilting and scrapbooking.


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