Esther and Sam started their farming career near Thornton, raising grain and livestock. They moved
She held many leadership roles and especially enjoyed the monthly craft group. She taught landscape painting at State Homemakers Camp for many years. An exhibitor at the Logan County Fair for over sixty years, she won many awards in the Dairy and Culinary Departments as well as in Textiles. Her beautiful quilts were often displayed in area shows. She was a charter member of the Quilters at Heart quilt guild. She was also a Century Member of the Oasis Senior Center; she was honored to cut the ribbon for the opening of the new Oasis location. She enjoyed playing pinochle there and participated in their traveling team. She also played cards with the Round Robin group as well as other local groups.
Leon A. ‘Moe’ Benson, 93, of Monticello, passed away at 1:28 a.m., June 13, 2018 at the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Moe was born May 21, 1925 in Piatt County, IL the son of William and Helen (Ferry) Benson. He married Mary Kay Clodfelter on May 22, 1950 in Arkansas. She died April 24, 1994.
Moe is survived by his children, Mark Benson of Bechtelsville, PA, Scott ‘Mojo’ Benson of Osmond, IL, Doug Benson of Monticello, IL and Shelley Benson of Granite City, IL; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Suggs of Alabama, Bertice Dresback of Decatur, Barbara Simpson of Hoopeston. He was preceded in death by his parent’s, wife, 3 brothers and 6 sisters.
Moe was a concrete and Labor Local worker. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and the Korean War. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs and Monticello Sages fan. Most of all Moe was well known for his love of fishing.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Mackey-Wright Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Monticello Township Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to A Small Hand - Piatt County Infant and Diaper Pantry or the Piatt County Nursing Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mackey-wrightfuneralhome.com
CERRO GORDO -- Charlotte Ann Capps, 91, of Cerro Gordo, IL passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 14, 2018.
Charlotte was born on March 5, 1927 to Harry and Edith Larrick. She married Glenn Capps on May 6, 1951 and together they had three children, Martha, Melinda, and Mary.
Charlotte loved to spend time with her family and was present at many of her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s special events. She never forgot a birthday and would always be ready with treats to hand out to anyone who would come to visit. As a longtime member of the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, she had a strong faith in Jesus Christ. She loved Christmas more than any other time of the year and always turned her home into a winter wonderland for the season. Charlotte was full of spunk and was ready to crack a joke to anyone who would listen. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and community.
Charlotte is preceded in death by her Husband Glenn Capps, parents Harry & Edith Larrick, Brothers Lynn Larrick, Jack Larrick, and Dean Larrick, Jerry Larrick.
She is survived by her three children, Martha Griswold (Tom) of Cerro Gordo, IL, Melinda Sawyer (Jeffrey) of Cerro Gordo, IL, and Mary Gilsrud (Joe) of Winona, MN; Sister-in-law Anna Rose Larrick of Cerro Gordo, IL, 5 Grandchildren: Molly Kim (Han) of St. Charles, MO, Adam Sawyer (Hannah) of Chicago, IL, Maggie Hecht (Jeremy Jones) of Lakeville, MN, Joe Sawyer (Brandy) of Decatur, IL, and Emily Miller (Sheldon) of Bloomington, IN; and 11 great grandchildren, Nyah, Lucy, Christian, Camryn, Taylor, Valerie, Aaiden, Liam, Montgomery, Blair, and Griffin.
Private family services will be held. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Hope Welty Library, 100 South Madison St., Cerro Gordo, IL.
Memorials in Charlotte’s honor may be made to DMH Hospice or Charity of your choice.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com
Paul Kennedy, 80, of Lincoln, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2018) at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
Paul was born Jan. 9, 1938, in Rushville, son of James Dale and Margaret Jane Haber Kennedy. He married Lauralee Davis in 1976. She preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2015.
Surviving Paul are his children, Paul William “Bud” (Debra) Johnson Jr., Danvers; Rick Allen (Angie) Johnson, Heyworth; and Greg David (Scott Anderson) Johnson, Encino, Calif.; sister, Susan Gardner; brother, Jim Kennedy; grandchildren, Tera Johnson (Michael) Swartz; Joel, Josh, Jacob, Elizabeth, Caleb and Mariah Johnson; stepgrandchildren, Nicole (Chris) Mochel, Brandon Winkeler, Anthony Manzella, Melissa Tapke; eight great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, wife and siblings, June Yates and Harlan Kennedy.
Paul was a U.S. Army veteran. He and his wife owned and operated Kennedy Budget Counselors, where they did credit counseling and tax preparation. They also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., for the winter months and spending time with family.
Service for Paul will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Hartsburg Union Cemetery where full military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 263. Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Humane Society of Logan County or American Lung Association.
Dorothea M. Lawson, 93, of Clinton, passed away 10:46 p.m. Thursday (June 14, 2018) at Heritage Health, Normal.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, with Pastor John Roberson officiating. There will be no visitation. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the Children’s Church at the First Baptist Church, Clinton.
Dorothea was born April 29, 1925, in Clinton, the daughter of Oliver Warren and Bessie Mae Ellington Weaver. She married Harold E. “Gene” Lawson July 17, 1948, in Bloomington. He passed away July 25, 2002.
Survivors include her brother, Sherrill (Marge) Weaver, Sun City Center, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eight sisters and two brothers.
Dorothea was a member of the First Baptist Church, Clinton. She had retired from the Duvall County School Board, Jacksonville, Fla., and State Farm Insurance.
Dorothea enjoyed woodworking and making Christmas ornaments.
Condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com.
Bruce Thomas Cunningham died of a broken heart on March 13, 2018, nearly 4 months after the love of his life, Dorothy, passed away in November. Bruce had never missed an anniversary with “Dot” so it was meant to be that they were together to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on March 28th after all. He was surrounded by his loving children at the time of his passing.
Words can not express the depth of how much he is missed by his loved ones. He leaves behind son Mark D. Cunningham and wife Pam, Clinton, IL; and daughter Terri L. Cunningham, Charlotte, NC. In addition, he also leaves behind two granddaughters who were his pride and joy: Jamie Cunningham, Bloomington, IL and Amanda Cunningham Visinia, Clinton, IL. Three great-grandchildren: Leilani Lynn, Matai Marcus and Koa Kingston Visinia, Clinton, IL. And several nieces and nephews.
Bruce was born in Canastota, NY in 1932, the son of William and Marietta “Mae” Relyea Cunningham, the youngest of five. He earned an Associate Degree in Chemistry from Binghamton Technical College, Binghamton, NY, before enlisting in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served for 3 years and spent most of his time at an Army base in Alaska while it was still recognized as a Territory and before it was a part of the United States. Before entering the service, however, his life changed when his sister introduced him to a co-worker, Dorothy “Dot” Avery. Subsequently, they married while he was on a 72- hour pass; hitch hiking home from his Base in time to attend his own rehearsal dinner. He got married the next day and had one day for a honeymoon before returning to the Base.
Once he was discharged in 1955, Bruce went on to attend, and graduate from Syracuse University with a BS in Chemistry. It was during this time he also became a father for the first time when son Mark was born. Upon graduation, Bruce went to work at Revere Copper and Brass in Rome, NY. A promotion sent he and the family, which now included daughter Terri, to Clinton, IL where he worked several years before another promotion sent him back to Rome, NY. In 1978, a promotion to Vice President of Manufacturing called for he and Dot to relocate once again to Clinton, IL. After Revere was sold to Olin Brass, Bruce worked for Olin at the plant in Bloomington, IL until he took early retirement when he was 60 years old. While he was in Clinton, over the years he was active in the Jaycees, the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Clinton United Methodist Church, Clinton Country Club, and the American Legion. Bruce and Dot relocated one more time in 2010 due to the persistent urging of daughter Terri to join her in the Carolinas. It was not an easy decision but because he was a dedicated father, they made the move, and even though he loved the warmer weather and had great neighbors, he always missed his old life in Clinton. They spent their last years in Carolina Lakes, Sun City in Fort Mill, SC, only 15 miles from Terri.
Bruce possessed an easy smile, twinkling eyes and a quick wit. He was proud of his time in the military and was a loyal Syracuse Orangemen fan. Besides his wife and children, his other passion was golf, which he shared with Dot. Anyone who knew Bruce also knew that Dot could golf circles around him and beat him on a regular basis, but he was not deterred; he loved it anyway. Even babysitting a grandchild didn’t keep them from the game, as they would take turns holding Amanda in the golf cart while the other took a swing. Bruce enjoyed his last tee time two weeks before his unexpected death. Being the devoted Dad that he was, he skipped golf for a week to stay and care for Terri after surgery for what would be his last four days.
Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, brother William, and sisters Bonnie Cunningham, Margaret “Peg” Saunders, and Carol Cunningham.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30 pm, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Road, Charlotte, NC, followed by a short reception immediately following the Service. The date is significant; it was chosen to honor him because it is the weekend between Father’s Day and Bruce’s birthday on June 29th, when he would have turned 86.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion,219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton, IL 61727 or Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, 8919 Park Road, Suite 1000, Charlotte, NC 28210.
Cremation services were provided by Wolfe Funeral Home, Fort Mill, SC.
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