Dewitt Obits Archives for 2019-09

Rita C. Warner

Rita C. Warner, 64 of Maroa, IL passed away 10:51 PM September 27, 2019 at her
family home in Maroa, IL.

Services will be 3 PM, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at St. John's Episcopal Church,
Decatur, IL with Rev. Don Coventry officiating. Visitation will be 2 - 3 PM at the
church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association.

Rita was born November 2, 1954 in Humboldt, TN the daughter of Billie and Varion
(Brasfield) Browder. She married William Winters in 1971. Later married David Warner
December 1985; he passed away September 25, 2016.

Survivors include her daughter, Nicole Warner, Maroa, IL, stepdaughter, Candace
Onofre, Snoqualmie, WA, grandson, Connor Onofre, and brother, Connor Onofre,
brother, TG Sheppard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers, Charles Browder and Rich

Rita was a retired nurse, who never fully retired with happily taking care of her
family. She loved gardening and her dogs and greatly enjoyed everything to do with
the British Royal Family.

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Sally Waite

Sally K. Waite, 81 of Bloomington, IL formerly of Farmer City, IL passed away 9:45 AM September 28, 2019, at her home in Bloomington, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 6 – 8 PM, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the church with Prayer Services at 5:30 PM. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. John’s College of Nursing, Springfield, IL or St. John’s Catholic Church.


Sally was born May 3, 1938, in Decatur, IL the daughter of Charles and Winifred (Clark) Yonikus. She married James “Jim” Waite Jan. 2, 1960, in Decatur, IL. He passed away on August 7, 2007.


Survivors include her children, Kevin (Edna) Waite, Champaign, IL; Sean (Lynn) Waite, Oswego, IL; Annie Waite, Bloomington, IL; and Matt Waite, Oswego, IL, 7 grandchildren, Lauren (Kevin) Wiatr; Allison (Fiancé Miguel Amesquita) Waite; Caitlyn Waite; Stephen Waite; Aiden Waite; Madisen Waite; and Jasmine Waite, 1 great-granddaughter, Adalynn Wiatr.


She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Katrina Waite, and 2 sisters, Sandi Yonikus and Marti Yonikus.


Sally was a very active member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and enjoyed singing and playing guitar at the church. She had spent the majority of her nursing career at the John Warner Hospital, Clinton, IL. She also enjoyed tennis.


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Curtis Benjamin Price

 Curtis Benjamin Price, 51, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:30 AM, September 24, 2019 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 11 AM Friday September 27, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home Clinton, IL with Cody Monkman officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 - 11 AM Friday September 27, 2019 at the funeral home. 


Memorials may be directed to Curtis Benjamin Price Memorial Fund.


Curtis was born January 24, 1968 in Clinton, IL, the son of Fred O. and Gail M. (Fink) Price. He married Amy Wickenhauser December 1, 2012 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Amy Price, Clinton, IL, sister Brenda (Randy) Martin, Clinton, IL, brother Kevin (Lynn) Price, Milford, IL, step-daughters Abigale (Gary) Thayer, Clinton, IL and Katie (Tyler) Taylor, Weldon, IL, step-grandchildren Kayten, Addyson, and Christian, niece Brooke Weiss, Clinton, IL, nephews Bryan Martin, Clinton, IL, Dylan Price, Boswell, IN, and Austin Price Milford, IL, great-nieces Kolby and Kloe; great-nephew Kole.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Curtis was a graduate of Western Illinois University, where he played on the bowling team.   He earned his state FFA Degree and served as past president of Section 16. Curtis was very active in FFA and 4-H. Curtis worked as a teacher’s aide and initiated the breakfast club at Ted’s Garage with his co-workers at the high school. He was an avid fan of the Cubs and the Indianapolis Colts and enjoyed golfing.  Curtis was a known prankster and enjoyed joking around with friends and family.

Rose Kennedy

Rose L. Kennedy 59 of Chestnut, IL passed away 7:53 A.M. September 20, 2019, at her home. 


Services will be 10 AM Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Glen VanderKloot officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Rose L. Kennedy Memorial Fund.


Rose was born May 20, 1960, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Harry W. and Genevieve L. (Miller) Swigart. She married Scott W. Kennedy on April 20, 1996, in Mt. Pulaski, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Scott W. Kennedy, Chestnut, IL; children: Gregory B. (Jessica) May, Decatur, IL and Jesse W. Kennedy, Chestnut, IL; 2 grandchildren:  Emelia May and Elaina May; siblings: Cathy A. (David) Bassett, Mt. Pulaski, IL; Thomas J. Swigart, TX; Daniel C. (Alice) Swigart, AZ; Eric L. (Zala) Swigart, Newman, IL.


Rose was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Jerry S. Swigart.


Rose enjoyed nature and was an avid bird watcher.  She enjoyed cooking and baking.  Most of all, Rose loved spending time with her family.


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Rodney Eric Westray

Rodney Eric Westray, 53, of Clinton, IL, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL.

Rodney was born on May 9, 1966 in Clinton, IL to parents, John and Sheryl (Kraft) Westray. He graduated from Clinton Community High School in 1984 and remained a resident of Clinton his entire life.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, John; mother, Sheryl; and brothers, Jeff and Billy.

He is survived by his brothers, Mark (Sonya) Westray of Colorado Springs, CO, David (Jean) Westray of Eureka, IL, and Brett Mills of Harvel, IL; sister, Terra (Chris) Daykin of Taylorville; daughter, Erica (Silas) Taylor of Kenney, IL; step-children, Ashley (Cody) Danison of Clinton, IL and Keith and Blade Rachal of FL; beloved step-mother, Phylis Westray of Taylorville, IL; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and close friends who were like family.

Rodney was a manager at Clinton McDonald’s for many years and had been a security guard for Wackenhut Security in Bloomington. Anyone who knew Rodney knew that he had a love for life. Even through his death, he chose to give life to others by being a Gift of Hope donor. He had a passion for many things, including weather, sports, and anything from the 80s. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Cremation will be provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

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Larry Leon Fisher

 Larry “Smiling Larr” Leon Fisher, 54 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:50 AM September 14, 2019 at his family home in Clinton, IL.


Visitation will be from 4 – 8 PM Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.  Services will be 11 AM Friday, September 20, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Dean Alger and Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.


Larry was born January 31, 1965 in Paducah, KY, the son of Lowell and Donna (Wigley) Fisher. He married Jeanne Bazzell April 22, 1987 Gilbertsville, KY.


Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Fisher, Clinton, IL, parents, Lowell and Donna Fisher, Argenta, IL, children, Jennie (Jason) Byrd, Minier, IL; Casey Fisher, Bloomington, IL; and Mackenzie (Shay) Starkey, Bloomington, IL, grandchildren, Jaxson Byrd and Lucy Fisher, siblings, Jason (Lonni) Fisher, Decatur, IL; and Melissa Baldassari, Clinton, IL, and father-in-law, Gene Bazzell, Arrowsmith, IL.   He dearly loved all his nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Virginia Wigely, Albert and Ruby Johns, mother-in-law, Phyllis Bazzell, and grandmother-in-law, Leona Younger.


Larry loved working for Exelon in Clinton on the Finn Team and in the Mechanical Maintenance Department. He also enjoyed Hunting, Classic cars and Gun and knife Smithing. He raced stock cars and wrestled in High School and Achieved Eagle Scout Rank at the age of 14, always excelling in everything he did. 


Memorials may be directed to the Lucy Fisher Education Fund.

Curtis Wilson

 Curtis Wilson 78 of Maroa, IL passed away September 13, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 10 AM Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at the First Christian Church, Decatur, IL with Pastor Wayne Kent officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the church. Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to First Christian Church, Decatur, IL.


Curtis was born February 22, 1941 in Forsyth, Il. the son of Roy A. and Mildred I. (Fox) Wilson. He married Juanita M. Williams June 25, 1961 in Forsyth, Il.


Survivors include his wife, Juanita M. Wilson, Maroa, IL, children, Tamara R. Stockon, Stonington, IL; Jeffrey A. (Julie) Wilson, Lake Forest, IL; Melissa R. (Mark) Kopec, Lutherville, MD, 4 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, brother, LeRoy (Ruth Ann) Wilson, Clinton, IL.


Curtis was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Rodgers.


Curtis considered it an honor to be a Sunday School Teacher for 25 years. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. in Decatur after 32 years of service. Curtis loved fishing, golfing and people. He was a member of First Christian church in Decatur. 


The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kola and also the Zelhart family.

G.A. Nobles

 G.A. Nobles 79 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 11:54 A.M. September 11, 2019 at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal, Il.


Services will be 2 P.M. Saturday September 14, 2019 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Cody Monkman officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.Visitation will be from 1 – 2 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the G.A. Nobles Memorial Fund.


G.A. was born March 6, 1940 in Hartley, Texas, the son of Gordon and Merle (Taylor)  Nobles. He married Carolyn J. Moody September 4, 1981 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Carolyn J. Nobles, Clinton, Il; children Blake (Tina) Nobles, Sheridan, Arkansas, Karla (Eddie) Anderson, Sheridan, Arkansas, Carol (Jeremy) Arteman, Wapella, IL, Diane Morris, Clinton, IL, Thomas Harris, Clinton, IL, and Paul Harris, Clinton, IL; 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; 1 brother Doug (Susan) Nobles, Newcastle, Oklahoma.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


G.A. worked out of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local #619, Vicksburg, Mississippi. He loved watching NASCAR.

Lois June Cheatham

Lois June Cheatham… daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend… passed from this life and gained her heavenly reward September 11, 2019. 


Services will be 11 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. with J. Kent Hickerson officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. Visitation will be 10 to 11 A.M. Monday, September 16, 2019 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or Harbor Light Hospice.


June was born in Greenville IL June 13, 1929, the daughter of Lloyd and Claudia (Merry) Hunter.  June was a lifelong resident of Illinois until moving to Olathe KS in the spring of 2014, when she became a resident at Good Samaritan Nursing Home.  Farm life dominated her childhood years and continued when she married Kenneth Luwayne Cheatham the summer of 1948.  Ken and June began their married life as a part of the farming community in Greenville, until Ken sustained a back injury that lead him to a career with Farm Bureau.  Ken’s participation with FFA resulted in his receiving the Star Farmer Award in 1948.  Connections with the Young Farmers and Ranchers, not only in Illinois but throughout the country resulted in promotions within Farm Bureau which gradually shifted them north in the state, bringing them to their residence in the Wheaton area. 


Ken and June were blessed with two sons and a daughter..  Sadly, their second son, Roger, died suddenly as a result of a work-related accident in February of 1992.  June maintained the home and responsibilities with their children as Ken’s travel with work continued.  June’s love for home life and her devotion as a wife and mother were paramount.  Her favorite place at home was the kitchen.  She was an excellent cook and managed meals for family and others, no matter the size. Their farming roots continued with bountiful vegetable gardens every summer, in the landscaping around their home, and June’s love of flowers... pansies were a favorite. When their children were grown, June worked in retail sales for men’s and women’s fine clothing.  Her eye for fashion continued even at the nursing home. 


Throughout their marriage, church and faith were evident and a strong component in their lives.  Both Ken and June were Bible School teachers, Vacation Bible School volunteers, led children in junior church, hosted guests from their church in their home, and were strong influences for Christ throughout their marriage.  Both sons attended Lincoln Christian University and served the local church..  Daughter, Jean, attended Wheaton College with a degree in education.  June’s most recent connection with the church was with the Young at Heart group at First Christian Church, Clinton.  Serving alongside her friends, she cooked and helped provide funeral meals for many years.


June is preceded in death by her parents, a son (Roger Keith) in 1992, her husband in 1998 and a great grandson (Archer Courage) in 2010.  June is survived by a son, Greg (Nancy) Cheatham of Olathe KS; a daughter, Jean Williams of Glen Allen VA; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Cheatham of Clinton IL; brother, Bill (Patty) Hunter of Greenville; seven grandchildren (Stefanie, Allyson, Chelsea, Carson, Courtney, Kate, Kenny); thirteen great grandchildren (Noah, Hayden, Chase, Gage, Gunnar, River, Finley, Linden, Harper, Peyton, Preston, Thomas, and Judah); a niece and nephew. 


Our greatest confidence is in our Lord Jesus Christ and the heavenly home He has prepared for those in the family of faith.  We like to imagine Ken and June together on a celestial front porch, overlooking beautiful farmland, enjoying coffee together.


“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.

 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”  Prov. 31:29-30

Erma P. Drabing

Erma P. Drabing, 93, of Atlanta, passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at the Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski.


Graveside Services for Mrs. Drabing will be held on Wednesday, September  11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Roaches Chapel Cemetery in rural McLean.


Erma Pauline Karrick was born on July 4, 1926, in Paxton, the daughter of Orvil and Iona Lang Karrick. She was united in marriage to John Drabing on December 31, 1971. He preceded her in death on October 9, 2012.


Surviving are her children: Lawrence (Susan)McGuire, Ron (Connie) McGuire, Rosie Price, Ruth (Melvin) Henrichsmeyer, and Susan (Scott) Reinhart; one brother: Lynn Karrick; 12 grandchildren, 22 great -grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and four sisters.


Erma was a member of the Atlanta Christian Church and Atlanta Women's Club. She was also a former 4-H Leader and Girl Scout Leader.


Erma loved her homemade wine made by her nephew, traveling, camping, and her grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Vonderlieth Living Center or the Atlanta Rescue Squad.


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

Patricia Anne Thompson

Patricia Anne Thompson, 70 of Lane, IL passed away 5:50 AM September 3, 2019 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Private graveside services will be held at Lisenby Cemetery, Lane, IL with Jim Kilson officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Patricia was born October 9, 1948 in Mansfield, OH the daughter of Jack and Beverly (Reynolds) Parker. She married Merle Lee Thompson in 1965 in Mansfield, OH. He passed away October 30, 2007.


Survivors include her daughters, Laura (Randy) Keller, Lane, IL; Nicole Brockman, Clinton, IL; and Angela (Jim) Ball, Clinton, IL.. Also surviving are 8 grandchildren:  Jacob Keller, Jessica Keller, Patty Jo Thompson, Kaitlynn Thompson, Elizabeth Neal, David Neal, Anna Neal, and Jimmy Ball.

Benjamin Lee Nixon

 Benjamin Lee Nixon passed away at the age of 65 in his home on August 31, 2019.


The family will gather for a private memorial later this month.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


Ben was born July 19, 1954 in Clinton, IL the son of J.. Sheldon and Margaret (Tuggle) Nixon.  He graduated from Clinton High School in 1972 and was an accomplished athlete.  He joined the United States Army and honorably served his Country.  Upon return from the service, Ben raised a family while working as a diesel mechanic.


He is survived by two adult sons, Paul and Damon Nixon; four brothers:  Larry (Jill) Nixon, Arlington, VA; Jim Nixon, Clinton, IL; Charles Douglas (Carolyn) Nixon, Mapleton, IL; William Frederick (Brenda) Nixon, Fishers, IN; two sisters:  Kathy (Denny) Rich, Clinton, IL; Marjorie (Steve) Parrott, Eugene, OR; sister-in-law Lisa Nixon, Paducah, KY; and three grandchildren in Clinton.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Rodger David Nixon.


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