Dewitt Obits Archives for 2016-02

Barbara Heinz Brown

MAROA -- Barbara Heinz Brown, 89, February 19, in Tucson, AZ. She was born on a farm near Maroa, IL and graduated from Argenta High School and the University of Illlinois. She began her teaching career at Fair Play School, a one-room school built by her grandfather and attended by her mother and herself. In 1953, she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she taught intermediate school for TUSD. Barb met and married Donald F. Brown in 1957, a civilian employee at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. After retiring in 1988, she kept her love of learning alive by becoming an adult literacy volunteer. Barbara was spunky, had a fantastic sense of humor, and was always up for an adventure with the Bridge Ladies. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, working all the puzzles in the newspaper, and watching the British programs on TV. A firm believer in supporting the local race track, she rented her table at Rillito Race Track for over 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed programming the horses, betting, and watching them run! We loved her dearly and will miss her always. She is preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents, Eric and Elizabeth Heinz; aunt, Mrs. Ruth Glosser; sister, Betty Oliver; and nephew, James E. Oliver. Surviving relatives include: her son, Eric; daughter, Linda (Brad) Argue; grandchildren, Tyler and Kailey Argue and Jayme Brown; and nephew, John Oliver.

Charles 'Arnold' Briscoe

SULLIVAN -- Charles ‘Arnold’ Briscoe, 84, of Sullivan, formerly of Findlay, died 9:45 p.m. Thursday (February 25, 2016) in the Sullivan Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Reed Funeral Home, Sullivan. Burial will be in Findlay Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday. Family requests casual attire. Memorials are suggested to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to

Mr. Briscoe was born May 18, 1931 in Moultrie County, Illinois, the son of Durward and Maurine Wheeler Briscoe. Arnold was a welder and enjoyed woodworking. He married Jean Evelyn Biedert on June 9, 1951 in Sullivan and she preceded him in death on November 5, 1997.

Survivors include his son Ed Briscoe of Sullivan; granddaughters Savannah (Lee) McClain of Ft. Worth, TX and Kylee Briscoe of Pana; two great grandchildren; brother Leon (Daisy) Briscoe of Sullivan; nieces Sandra and Ann LaCost, both of Bethany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother and two sisters.


James Edwin Hartman

James Edwin “Sonny” Hartman, 87, well known area farmer of Monticello, passed away at 4:40 p.m., Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at Kirby Medical Center in Monticello. James was born April 14, 1928 in Douglas County, the son of Frank Joseph and Bertha Kleiss Hartman. James graduated from Tuscola High School in 1947. An Okaw Valley all-conference tackle, he was offered a football scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, but remained helping out on the family farm per his father’s wishes. He served as a sergeant first class in the United States Army, fighting in the Korean Conflict in 1952/53, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Returning from the war, he met & soon married Norma Jeane Hall at Forty Martyrs Catholic Church in Tuscola on November 27, 1954. They raised two sons, Jay & Van, and farmed and raised livestock southwest of Monticello until he retired at age 85. James was a lifetime member of St. Michaels Catholic Church in Bement. He served for many years on the board of Monticello Grain including several years as president. He was also a director/chairman of the Federal Land Bank & Federal Land Credit Association from 1967 to 1994, and served two years as a director of the Piatt County Soil & Water Conservation District. A lifetime die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, he took his family to many games every year, and was fortunate to see Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter in 1969. James was also a huge Fighting Illini fan and could be found many a morning at Hardee’s drinking coffee and swapping jokes with his friends, “The Old Geezers.”

James is survived by his wife of 61 years Norma of Monticello, sons Jay (Renee’) of Decatur, Van (Carol) of Savoy; two sisters: Catherine McCumber, and Barbara Cannon of Urbana; one grandchild: Allie Hartman of Savoy; and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters: Mary Catherine Hartman, Virginia Bailey & Dorothy Parker; brother: Charles Hartman, and nephew: Wesley Redden.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the St. Philomena’s Catholic Church, 1301 N. Market St. Monticello, Illinois with Father Bruce Lopez officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday February 26, 2016 at the Mackey Wright Funeral Home, 215 E. Washington St. Monticello, and one hour prior to the mass, Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be held with full military rites at the Bement Cemetery, Bement, IL. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association and St. Michaels Church in Bement.

Mary Margaret Calvert

Mary Margaret Calvert 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 3:45 AM February 22, 2016 at Heritage Health in Bloomington, Il.

Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, February 26, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson and Chad Sparks officiating. Burial will follow at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, February 25, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County Angel Tree

Mary Margaret was born March 13, 1936 in Clinton, Il., the daughter of John K. and Lucy (Jones) Herington. She married Larry L. Calvert May 29, 1960 in Clinton, Il.

Survivors include her children, Alex (Sue) Calvert, Heyworth, Il., Jill Calvert, Westfield, Indiana, 7 Grandchildren, Brother, John Richard (Connie) Herington, Warrensburg, Il.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Son, Jeff Calvert and Sister, Patricia Wade.

Mary Margaret was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. She was a graduate of Illinois State University with an Elementary Education Degree. She taught lower elementary grades in California, Aurora and Clinton, Il.

Braelyn Nickole Jean Lemmel

Braelyn Nickole Jean Lemmel, 16 months old, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:50 P.M. February 21, 2016 at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL peacefully in her mother’s arms.

A celebration of Braelyn’s life will be 3 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Weldon United Methodist Church, Weldon, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Visitation will be from 1 – 3 P.M. Saturday at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to John and Sherry Lemmel in care of Braelyn Lemmel Memorial Fund which will be given to the Alper’s Research Fund and to the Ronald McDonald House, Chicago, IL in honor of Braelyn.

Braelyn was born September 28, 2014 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Amanda Brooke Curry and John Micheal Lemmel.

Survivors include her mother: Amanda Brooke Curry, Clinton, IL; father: John Micheal Lemmel, LeRoy, IL; maternal grandparents: Paul & Allison Curry, Wapella, IL, Nickolette (Jimmy) Dukich, Arrowsmith, IL; paternal grandparents: John C. & Sherry Lemmel, LeRoy, IL; maternal great grandparents: Jon Wall, TX, Lynda Harmon, Farmer City, IL, Bruce Iehl, Chicago, IL, Glenda Reinitz, Colfax, IL, Gary (Phyllis) Curry, Tulsa, OK; paternal great grandparents: James & Sarah Fox, LeRoy, IL. Along with many aunts, uncles and cousins and her dog and best friend Hershey.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great grandfather: John L. Lemmel; paternal great grandparents: Alvy & Donna Underwood and maternal great grandparents: James Reinitz and Kathleen B. Wall.

Richard Eugene Spencer Jr

Richard Eugene Spencer, Jr. 48 of Bloomington, Il. passed away 5:55 PM February 16, 2016 at his residence, Bloomington, Il.

No Services are planned at this time. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. assisted the family with cremation rites.

Memorials may be directed to the Richard Spencer, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Richard was born June 24, 1967 in Clinton, IL the son of Richard and Bonnie (Bishop) Spencer, Sr.

Survivors include his parents, Richard & Bonnie Spencer, Sr., Bloomington, Il.; sister, Monica Thomas, Bloomington, IL; nephews, Ryan and Spencer Thomas, Bloomington, IL; many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins; best friend, Lois and K9s:  Baby Girl, Junior and Dacota.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents:  George Spencer and Jean Shaffer Henry, and Raymond and Mary Bishop.

Richard was raised in Tucson, AZ where he graduated from high school in 1985.  He joined the navy and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI before he moved back to Illinois in 1992.  Richard drove a school bus for Unit 5 schools, Normal, IL.

He played the violin, loved animals and made everyone laugh, a lot.  Dick, thank you for all the good memories.  Rest in peace our son, brother, uncle and friend.  We love you!

Shirley Dolores Dodd

Shirley Dolores Dodd 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 4:07 PM February 21, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL

Services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, Illinois. Visitation will be 10 – 11 A.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.

Shirley was born November 7, 1941 in Sandusky, OH the daughter of Chester Michael and Juanita Marie (Daley) Palmer. She married Thomas E. Dodd September 14, 1962 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include her husband: Thomas E. Dodd, Clinton, IL; children: Richard D. (Darlene) Dodd, Moyock, NC, Ernest E. (Patricia) Dodd, Clinton, IL, Anita (John) LaFond, Cheyenne, WY, Bonnie J. (Dale) Allen, Clinton, IL, Allena (Scott) Malone, Clinton, IL; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; siblings: Edward “Sonny” (Bev) Palmer, Clinton, IL, Andrew Heath, RI, Gordon Heath, KY, Roberta McKimmy, FL, Richard Heath, FL, Dale Eugene Heath, FL, Elizabeth (Wayne) VanDuyne, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 grandson: Caleb Helfrich.

Shirley was an LPN for years at Crestview, John Warner Hospital, DeWitt County Nursing Home, LeRoy Manor, and Jackson Heights. She enjoyed fishing.

Mark Edward Wooten

MOWEAQUA -- Mark Edward Wooten, 37 of Moweaqua, died February 17, 2016, in St. Charles, MO.

Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 23, 2016, in Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua. Visitation will be from 11:00 - 1:00, prior to service time, also in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a college fund set up for his children at Shelby County State Bank.

Mark was born June 14, 1978, the son of Jerry and Norma (Mellenthin) Wooten. He married Lauren Napier September 1, 2012, in Moweaqua, IL. She survives.

Mark was a member of First Christian Church of Moweaqua and UTU #768 of Decatur, IL. He was a Conductor for Norfolk Southern Railway Company and previously worked for UPS, as a supervisor, for 10 years. Most of all, Mark loved to spend time with his wife, children and family.

Surviving is his wife, Lauren; son, Cooper; daughter, Peyton and soon to be second son due in March; parents, Jerry and Norma Wooten of Decatur, IL; brother, Jim Wooten of Decatur, IL; sisters: Christine (Carl) Ginger of Decatur, IL, Connie (Dan) Callan of Stonington, IL and Regina Ann Watson of Bethalto, IL.; nieces and nephews: Marcus, Carl Jr., Casey, Tony, Keith, Sam and Gracie.

Preceding him in death is his brother, Jerry Dale Wooten, Jr. and grandparents.

Seitz Funeral Home, Moweaqua has been entrusted with the care and service arrangements. Condolences for the family may be left at


Rev. Robert Rose

CLINTON — The Rev. Robert Eugene 'Bob' Rose, 69, of Clinton, died at 1 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 18, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Service: 11 a.m. Monday at the church.

Burial: graveside service 10 a.m. Tuesday at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Apostolic Pentecostal Church, Bloomington.

Memorials: National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, 215 W. Illinois St. Suite 1C, Chicago, IL 60654, or to the United Pentecostal Church International – North American Missions, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042.

Survivors: wife, Patricia B. Rose; daughters, Robin Rose, Sherri Simpson and Annette Rose; and three granddaughters.

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Dr. Thomas Larkin Jr.

CLINTON — Dr. Thomas Joseph Larkin Jr., 89, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday (Feb. 17, 2016).

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, with the Rev. James Henning, celebrant. Burial will follow at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski, with military honors.

Memorials may be directed to the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Thomas was born Aug. 26, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Thomas J. Larkin Sr. and Lily Dorsey Larkin. He is survived by his children, Dr. Thomas J. (Judy) Larkin III, Marion; Patricia (Larry) Arteman, Waynesville; Jean (Dennis) Buraglio, Clinton; Annette (Ghil) Reese, Jerseyville; Dr. John C. (Kim) Larkin Sr., Clinton; and Paul Larkin, Lowell, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brother, Joseph Larkin, Melbourne, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lillian; and daughter-in-law, Sonya (Covey) Larkin.

He married Clara M. Purviance Durchholz in June 1945, in Lincoln. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2011.

After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School, Philadelphia, he attended Villanova University his senior year of high school and began studying engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology prior to enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1944. After completing training at Naval Station Great Lakes and electronics training at NTC Gulf Port and RMS Treasure Island, San Francisco, he served as a RADAR/SONAR technician aboard the USS Twining (DD-540) in the Pacific and received the World War II Victory Medal. Upon graduation from Lincoln College and the University of Illinois College of Dentistry in 1952, Thomas began practicing in Mount Pulaski, later relocating to Clinton and retiring in 1995.

Thomas loved music and was an accomplished pianist from an early age. He had an unwavering dedication to his family and was a devout member, choir director and organ accompanist of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton. He served in many community capacities, including the Clinton School Board and the county Board of Health, and helped establish the Tri-County Special Education Association. He generously supported many Catholic and Native American educational charities.

The family would like to thank those who took such wonderful care of Thomas, including Brit Williams, M.D., and the staff of Dr. John Warner Hospital; Jennifer Black, N.P., Prairie Heart Institute; and his caregivers, Sherri Diehl, Judy Land, Althea Anthony, Chris Buraglio, Byron Mullins and John Larkin Jr., and especially Terri Oakly, R.N.

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Marilyn Eileen Cooper

Marilyn Eileen Cooper 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:12 AM February 16, 2016 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.

Services will be 1 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, Il. Visitation will be Noon – 1 PM at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il.

Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation.

Marilyn was born May 4, 1936 in Decatur, IL, the daughter of Berl and Irene (Wendling) Austin. She married William “Willie” Cooper November 9, 1956 in Clinton, Il. He passed away December 2, 2015.

Survivors include her children, Scott A. (Kim) Cooper, Clinton, Il., Neil W. (Teresa A.) Cooper, Clinton, Il., 3 Grandchildren, Tim W. Cooper, Dylan L. Cooper and Alexandria (James) McPeek all of Clinton, Il.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Charles H. Cooper.

Marilyn was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. She worked at Eisner’s Grocery Store and retired from the First National Bank, Clinton, Il. after 25 years of service.  Marilyn enjoyed tracking the weather, gardening and talking with people.  She especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Mary Kathryn Freese

Mary Kathryn Freese 88 of Monticello, IL formerly of rural Seymour, IL passed away 10:51 AM February 12, 2016 at Villas of Hollybrook, Monticello, IL.

Services will be 11:30 AM, Friday, February 19, 2016 at the Mahomet United Methodist Church, Mahomet, IL with Rev. John McIntosh officiating. A luncheon will follow the services at the church. Private graveside services will be at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, Il. preceding the services at the church. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the Mahomet United Methodist Church, Mahomet, IL. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to the Friends of Carle Hospice or the Mahomet United Methodist Church.

Mary Kathryn was born November 8, 1927, in Weldon, IL the daughter of Roy Ottis and Minnie M. (Marsh) Twist. She married John E. Freese March 13, 1949 in Weldon, IL. He passed away August 26, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Kathryn Kay (Richard) Chase, University City, MO., John David (Marj) Freese, Washington, IL, Karen Sue (Gary) Cervak, Crown Point, IN., Dennis Ray (Karen) Freese, Hammond, IL, 9 Grandchildren, 1 Great-Grandson, Brother, Rob Roy (Barbara) Twist, Clinton, Il.,

Mary Kathryn was preceded in death by her Parents, 2 Brothers and 1 Sister.

Mary Kathryn graduated in 1948 from the Mennonite School of Nursing and served in the Wartime Cadet Nursing Corps. She later worked at the Dr. John Warner Hospital in Clinton, IL for 14 years as a Registered Nurse. Mary Kathryn was a member of the Mahomet American Legion Auxiliary and the Champaign County Home Extension Club. She was very active in 4-H activities and the Mahomet United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed ballroom dancing, golfing, gardening and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Arthur C. Irwin Jr.

LATHAM -- Arthur C. Irwin Jr., 85, of Latham passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2016 in St. Mary’s Hospital.

Arthur was born on September 9, 1930 the son of Arthur C. and Virginia A. (Caldwell) Irwin Sr. He had worked as a farmer.

Graveside service will be 1 PM Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Harmony Cemetery in Beason, IL.

The family of Arthur C. Irwin Jr is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. Send condolences to the family at

Russel Craig

Russel D. Craig, 72, of Waynesville, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Friday (Feb. 12, 2016) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, surrounded by his loving family.


His funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. The Rev. Becky Barrow will officiate.


Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.


Cremation rites are to be accorded.


Russel Dale Craig was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Normal, the son of Fred A. and Hazel I. Pleines Craig. He married Rose Anne Fox on Aug. 12, 1967, in Lincoln. She survives.


Also surviving are his children, Susan (Greg Kleen) Craig, El Paso, and Beth Craig, Waynesville; one sister: Carol (Steve) LaDew, Waynesville; two brothers, Wayne (Judy) Craig, California, and Kenny Craig, McLean; and one grandson, Nolan Yochum.


Russel was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Alan Craig.


Russel was a 1961 graduate of McLean-Waynesville High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971. Russel retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Decatur in 1993. He was a member of Waynesville American Legion Post 1189, Waynesville United Methodist Church and United Automobile Workers Local 751.


Memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic for Colorectal Research, Waynesville American Legion Post 1189, Waynesville Fire and Rescue, or an organization of the donor's choice.


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

Marie Karr

Marie June Karr, 86, of Cleveland, Tenn., and a lifelong resident of Wapella, passed away Monday morning (Feb. 8, 2016) in Cleveland in a local health care facility, surrounded by family.


She moved to Cleveland, where she resided with her daughter. Marie was a twin daughter, born to John and Iva Stone Leggett. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Melvin W. Karr, whom she married on Oct. 27, 1950; her granddaughter, Amber Taylor; her grandson, Rhet Campbell; her twin sister, Jane Thorp; and another sister, Jean Cusey.


Marie was a graduate of Wapella High School and attended Illinois State University. She worked in a nursing home as a cook before her retirement. She and her husband farmed for many years near Wapella. After farming, Marie assisted her husband as a rural meter reader for Corn Belt Electric for many years. She enjoyed her flower gardening, drinking coffee and working crossword puzzles. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and a fan of the Fighting Illini basketball team. Marie cared for several of her grandchildren as a daily babysitter. She was of the Christian faith.


Survivors include her daughter, Sara Campbell; her husband, Kyle, of Cleveland, Tenn.; her sons, Richard (Jodi) Karr and Grant (Taresa) Karr, all of Clinton; Brad (Kim) Karr, Wapella; her 17 grandchildren: five granddaughters, Jennifer, Lynn, Lori, Staci and Tess, and 12 grandsons, Jason Mathew, Jason Dale, Jeremy, Kristopher, Scott, John, Brandon, David, Tyler, Neil, Logan and Payton; 10 great-grandchildren, Adam, Alex, Kelsey, Isaac, Blake, Mackenzie, Katie, Brady, Ray and Konnor; and her special canine companions, Honey and Sugar.


A celebration of life service for her family will be at a later time in Illinois. The family requests that memorials in her name be made to the Lee University School of Nursing, Prayer Room, c/o Lee University Office of the President, 1120 North Ocoee St., Cleveland, TN 37311. The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel have charge of the arrangements. You may share your condolences and your memories with the Karr family at

Frederick Albright

Frederick R. “Fred” Albright, 76, of Clinton, formerly of Bloomington, went to his forever home at 7 p.m. Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) at his residence.


A memorial service for Fred will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Cory Boerm will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.


Fred was born Oct. 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Herman George and Mary Francis Kinder Albright. They preceded him in death. He also is preceded in death by two brothers, Herman and Randall, and one sister, Betty.


He married Nancy Branson on Sept. 2, 1964, in Bedford, Ky. She survives. Also surviving are his children, Lori Albright, Bloomington; Terry (Ron) Hornsby, El Paso; Scott (Melissa) Albright, Geneva; and Fred (Jennifer) Albright Jr., Bloomington; 10 grandchildren, Justin, Taylor, Olivia, Isaac, Kailey, Alyssa, Jaiden, Anthony, Connor and Matthew; two great-grandchildren, Carter and Liam; one sister, Jenny (Alan) Knoebel, Indianapolis; and one sister-in-law, Barb Albright, Indianapolis.


Fred worked as a self-employed contractor for more than 35 years in the Bloomington-Normal area. He made friends, with his customers who referred to him as “Freddie Fix-it,” and they knew he was only a phone call away. He was an avid Notre Dame sports fan and a lover of his pets and classic cars.


Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Central Illinois or OSF Hospice.


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Richard E. Brelsfoard

Richard E. Brelsfoard, 71, of Maroa, passed away Tuesday morning, February 9, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.


Richard was born December 17, 1944, in Decatur, to Homer and Nina Maxine (Miller) Brelsfoard. He married Nancy L. Anderson on March 21, 1965 in Decatur. Richard was a lifelong farmer and drove a semi truck for 12 years for Briggs Enterprises, Inc. in Argenta. He was a member of Warrensburg Gun Club. He loved trap shooting and hunting.


He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Nancy; two sons, Troy (Kathy) Brelsfoard of Decatur and Todd (Karrie) Brelsfoard of Maroa; three grandchildren, Tim, Mike and Ashley; one sister, Barbara Anderson of Argenta; two brothers, Gary (Sharon) Brelsfoard of Maroa and Stanley (Marcia) Brelsfoard of Decatur.


Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Larry Anderson.


Funeral services to celebrate the life of Richard E. Brelsfoard will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 15, 2016, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.


The family of Richard E. Brelsfoard is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL. Send condolences to the family at

William E. "Bill" Beadles

William E. “Bill” Beadles 78 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1:43 PM February 9, 2016 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Leanne Noland officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 5 – 7 P.M Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton United Methodist Church or the DeWitt County Human Resource Center.

Bill was born December 23, 1937 in Clinton, IL the son of Roscoe and Rachael (Vinson) Beadles. He married Nancy T. Theobald April 18, 1970 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include his wife: Nancy T. Beadles, Clinton, IL; children: Stephanie (Rennie) Cluver, DeWitt, IL, Matthew Beadles, Clinton, IL; 4 grandchildren: MaKayle Beadles, Bloomington, IL, Mason Beadles, Oakwood, IL, Brooks and Lilah Cluver both of DeWitt, IL; brother: Robert (Inez) Beadles, MA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Bill worked for the city of Clinton for 52 years. He enjoyed racing and old hot rod cars, especially working on his 1937 Chevy Coupe. The family would especially like to thank, Sarah Perez, Dora Alwood, Sarah Miller, Krissy Shoufler, Sharon Simmons, Vital Wellness, Community Care Partners and OSF Hospice for their loving care throughout Bill’s illness. 

Andy Duane

Andy Duane “Chubbs” Whitehouse 36 of Clinton, IL, passed away 2:34 PM February 3, 2016 at his residence in Clinton, IL.

Memorial services will be 4 PM, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at the New Life Community Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor Ed Cain officiating.   Visitation will be 2 – 4 PM at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

Memorials may be directed to the Andy Duane Whitehouse Memorial Fund.

Chubbs was born April 3, 1979 in Decatur, IL the son of Patricia Whitehouse. He married Michelle Dawn Mayfield, April 4, 1999 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include his wife: Michelle Dawn Whitehouse, Clinton, IL; daughters: Kayln Mae Whitehouse and Kya Ann Whitehouse both living at home; brothers: Raymond Whitehouse, Clinton, IL and Richard A. Whitehouse, Farmer City, IL; sister: Amanda Whitehouse, Clinton, IL.

He was preceded in death by his mother and sister, Wendy.

Chubbs was a loving dad. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars and driving semi-trucks.

Chris Striegel

Christopher Conrad Striegel, 35, of Monticello, passed away at 12:53 a.m., February 2, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.


Christopher was born on December 3, 1980 in Urbana the son of Michael and Kristin (Grove) Striegel.


Chris is survived by his fiancé, Wendi Hendricks of Monticello; mother, Kristin (Terry) Dubson of Monticello; father, Michael (Patti) Striegel of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; brothers, Timothy (Erin) Striegel of Beaverton, OR and Patrick (Whitney) Striegel of Tolono; grandparents, Jack Grove of Monticello, Charlie and Juanita Striegel of Monticello; and many loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Phyllis Grove and Alice Striegel.


Chris was a union electrician employed with Bodine Electric and was a member of the I.B.E.W. #601. Chris enjoyed hunting, fishing, and having his beloved dog Bailey by his side. Chris loved all sports, especially football, and was a fitness enthusiast who enjoyed such events as outdoor obstacle course challenges, the Spartan Race, and the Kirby Derby.


A visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Crossroads Church 1602 N. 1125 East Rd. Monticello, IL 61856. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Crossroads Church. Interment will be held in Monticello Township Cemetery.


Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the United Spinal Association.


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Dennis Simmons

Dennis Simmons, 67, of Farmer City, died 8:32 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2016) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.


Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana. 


Visitation: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


Burial: Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.


Survivors: brothers, Ron (Andrea) Simmons, Dewey, and Kenny (Ella) Simmons, Champaign; and sister, Marsha (Jerry Johnson) Ward, Champaign.


Memorials: American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association.


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Bill Stephens

Bill C. Stephens, 74, of Farmer City, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 3, 2016) at his home, surrounded by family.


His service will be at noon Saturday at Weldon Baptist Church, Weldon, with the Rev. Clive Shreve officiating and Jim Vance co-officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded, with burial at Greenleaf Cemetery, Farmer City, at a later date.


Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.


Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements.


Bill was born Nov. 24, 1941, in Lebanon, Ind., to Levon and Virginia Cripe Stephens. He married Barbara J. Brewer on June 30, 1961. She survives in Farmer City.


Also surviving are his son, William Stephens, Decatur; two daughters, Sandy (Tom) Corcoran, Pontiac, and Kathy White, Farmer City; two brothers, Jim (Joellen) Stephens, Thorntown, Ind., and John Stephens, Lebanon, Ind.; one sister, Carolyn (Dan) Hedrick, Crawfordsville, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Bill retired from Deluxe Check Printers in June 1993 after 31 years. He was an active member of Weldon Baptist Church, Weldon. Bill spent most of his retired life woodworking and gardening. He always enjoyed spending time with all his grandchildren and attending their activities. He also enjoyed camping and fishing.


Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed.


The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to OSF Hospice Services.

Memorials may be made to the Weldon Baptist Church, 437 State Highway 48, Weldon, IL 61882.


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M. Jean Redman

M. Jean Redman 77 of Maroa, IL passed away 5:18 PM February 3, 2016 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

No Services are planned at this time as per Jean’s request. 

Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, Illinois assisted the family with cremation rites.

Memorials may be made to the Maroa Christian Church or the donor’s choice.

Jean was born September 24, 1938 in Pana, Illinois, the daughter of William and Mary (Waddington) Carlock. She married William A. “Billy R.” Redman November 19, 1960 in Pana, IL. He passed away July 24, 2005.

Survivors include her Daughter, Stephanie Jill (Ken) Davis, Mt. Zion, IL, 3 Granddaughters, Morgan, Madison and Maci all from Mt. Zion, IL, Sister Patricia (Loren) Glasscock of Oreana, IL, Brother Greg (Leigh Ann) Carlock of Pana, IL, Brothers-in-law Richard (Mary) Kramer of Decatur, IL and Mert Hunter of  Decatur, IL, and special friend Bob Griffin of Maroa, IL.

She was preceded in death by her Parents and 2 Sisters, Phyllis Hunter and Marjorie Kramer.

Jean retired from the John Warner Bank, Clinton, IL, after 20 years of service as their customer representative. She was a member of the Maroa Christian Church and volunteered at the food pantry in Maroa, IL. Jean was an avid Cardinals fan. Her 3 Granddaughters were the pride and joy of her life.

Sandra Ellen Webb

Sandra Ellen Webb 71 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 5:20 AM February 2, 2016 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.

Graveside Services will be 10 AM Friday, February 5, 2016 at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to Donor’s Choice.
Sandra was born May 22, 1944 in Clinton, Illinois the daughter of Clarence R. “Budge” and Minnie (Hott) Webb, Sr.

Survivors include her Brother, Clarence (Judy) Webb, Jr., Clinton, Il., Nephew, Scott (Christy) Webb, Lane, Il., Great-Nephews, Jack & Isaac Webb, Lane, Il., Jordan & Christopher Webb, Clinton, Il; and Great-Nieces, Jordan Lynn Edmond, Clinton, IL and Vanessa Edmond, Lane, IL.

She was preceded in death by her Parents.

Sandra was a member of the Lane Christian Church. She had retired from G.E. Bloomington, Il. as an inspector.


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