Dewitt Obits Archives for 2020-04

Don Rex Miller

 Don Rex Miller, 93 of Ormond Beach, Florida passed away 1:28 A.M. April 28, 2020 at Opis Coquina Center, Ormond Beach, FL.


Private graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. C. Don Ferrill officiating. Military Honors will follow. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Don Rex Miller Memorial Fund.


Don was born January 19, 1927 in Lane, IL the son of Percy and Winnie Beatrice (Brown) Miller.


Survivors include his children, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Donna Kibler

 Donna D. Kibler, 64, of Maroa, IL passed away 9:25 A.M. April 24, 2020 at her family residence, Maroa, Il.


Private services will be Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ron and Kathy George officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  There will be no visitation.


Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.


Donna was born August 16, 1955 in Vandalia, IL the daughter of Norval and Wilda (Walker) Prater.  She married Dale W. Kibler November 26, 1976 in Decatur, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Dale W. Kibler, Maroa, IL; children:  Jeffrey (Jennifer A.) Kibler, El Paso, IL; and Jennifer (Patrick) Rose, Fort Benton, MT; 3 grandchildren:  Ella Grace Kibler, Elijah Kibler, and Karsyn Rose; siblings:  David Prater, Fillmore, IL; Dale (Paula) Prater, Fillmore, IL; and Dana (Steve) Reincke, Nokomis, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Donna attended the Covell Community Church, Covell, IL. She owned and operated the Kibs Eatery and Mercantile in Argenta for many years. She also catered, cooking for others was her passion. Always on the menu was the bread of life, Jesus Christ, she served for Him until the end. She enjoyed crocheting, collecting antiques and primitives, building many friendships along the way.


See Calvert Funeral Home website for details for Facebook live services.

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Keith Miller

 D. Keith Miller 89 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 8:26 A.M. April 24, 2020 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.


Private graveside services will be Monday, April 27, 2020 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, Il. with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Little Galilee Christian Assembly.


Keith was born September 16, 1930 in Lane, Il. the son of Thomas and Leota (Bennett) Miller. He married Frances Helen Donnan January 23, 1949 in Clinton, Il.


Survivors include his wife, Frances H. Miller, Clinton, Il.; daughter, Kathy (Dan) Marsh, Maroa, Il.; 3 grandchildren, Nathan (Cynthia) Marsh, Chicago, IL, Becky (Lance) Taylor, Clinton, IL, Tara (Chad) Tiezzi, Washington, IL, 5 great-grandchildren, Lily, Gage, Trace, Ryder, Georgia, siblings, Monica Miller, Clinton, Il.; Robert (Jo) Miller, Decatur, Il.; Janice Miller, Clinton, Il, daughter-in-law, Linda (Mark) Walston, Clinton, IL, sister-in-law, Lois Miller, Clinton, IL.


Keith was preceded in death by his Parents and 1 son, Kent Miller, and brother, Roger Miller.


Keith was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, Il. He was an engineer for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 37 years.. Along with being an accomplished woodworker, he enjoyed fishing in Canada, gardening, and working with his son-in-law on the farm. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.


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Kathryn Shirey

Kathryn M. Shirey 85 of Maroa, Il. passed away 12:33 A.M. April 18, 2020 at Prairie Creek Village, Decatur, Il.


Private graveside services will be Friday, April 24, 2020 at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL with Scott Marsh officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL assisted the family with arrangements


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Kathryn was born February 9, 1935 in Kappa, IL the daughter of Francis and Emma (Easter) Weber. She married Larry Shirey on December 20, 1952 in El Paso, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Larry Shirey, Maroa, IL, children: Larry (Diane) Shirey, Jr., Elk Grove, CA; Janet (Roger) Mallory, Maroa, IL; Juanita (Randy) Meredith, Odin, IL; Rick (Julie) Shirey, Morton; IL; 7 grandchildren: Randy Mallory, Scott (Shelley) Mallory; Kelly Mallory; Jason (Trina) Green; Michelle (Ronnie) DeWitt; Kris Shirey; and Curtis Shirey; and 8 great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Donna Lock and son-in-law, John Thomas Green.


Kathryn was employed by the Maroa Prairie Post newspaper for 22 years and then served as the Maroa City Clerk for 15 years before retiring in 2006. She enjoyed being with her family whom she loved very much.


Special Thanks to the 2nd Floor at Prairie Creek and especially to Lori and Warren.


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Donald A. Jackson

Donald A. Jackson, 98, of Clinton, IL passed away 12:15 PM, April 13, 2020 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be at a later date at St.. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Rev. Fr. James Henning Celebrant. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Catholic Church.


Donald was born November 5, 1921 in Rome NY the son of John and Rose (Teuscher) Jackson.  He married Mary A. Simmons October 22, 1949 in Rome NY.  She passed away October 22, 2007.


Survivors include his sons:  Richard (Deborah) Jackson, Culver City CA; Larry (Isabel) Jackson, Hillsborough, NC; David (Nancy) Jackson, Clinton, IL; and Francis (Kathy) Jackson, Clinton, IL, 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and sister, Carolyn Curley, Syracuse, NY


He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter, and one sister


Donald was a WWII Army veteran.  He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL and the Knights of Columbus.  Donald retired after 50 years of service at Revere Copper & Brass.

Julia K. Pine

 Julia K. “Judy” Pine, 93, of Clinton, IL passed away at 4:56 PM, April 14, 2020 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Private services will be held at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. A memorial service will be held at a later date for friends and family due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or the DeWitt County Friendship Center.


Judy was born February 19, 1927 in Cleveland, OH the daughter of Frank and Paula (Drobtina) Zorich.  She married Carl M. “Jack” Pine, Sr. July 26, 1947 in Paris, IL.  He passed away May 20, 1992.


Survivors include her children, Carl M. “Jack” Pine, Jr., Clearwater, FL; Becki (Steve) Tuggle, Clinton, IL; Johnny J. (Kelly) Pine, Clinton, IL, 8 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 granddaughter, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.


Judy was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL. She had worked for the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department as a bailiff for over 20 years. 

Susan L. Hulvey

 Susan L. “Ladyhawke” Hulvey, 64, of Clinton Illinois, passed from this life at her home, surrounded by her loved ones, listening to her favorite songs, following her battle with cancer on April 9, 2020.


Services will be held at a later date with Jim Kilson officiating due to the COVID – 19 pandemic. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Susie Hulvey Memorial Fund.


Susan was born on January 16, 1956 to Paul and Mary (Wilson) O’Neill . She was a graduate of Clinton Community High School and Continued her education at the University of Illinois.


Susan married Donald W Hulvey on April 9, 1979 in Little Rock Arkansas.


She worked alongside her husband at their business Hulvey Plumbing for 30 years. She was an avid outdoorswoman, gardener, traveler, friend and Mimi.


Susan is survived by husband Don, daughters Laura (Dave) Zarecki and Ashley (Derek) Rogers, grandchildren Tristan Rogers, Colton Zarecki, Mia Rogers, and Brooke Zarecki, all of Clinton, and in-laws Roy and Dee Strohkirch, Dewitt, sister-in-law, Rose (Jeff) Overleese, Cindy (Ross) Dillion, Debbie Strohkrich, nieces, Lyn (Brett) Carter, Anna (Jason) Torrence, and nephew, Drew Dillion.


She was preceded in death by her parents and William Strohkrich.


Susan attended the Lane Christian Church, and was a member of the NRA, the NMLRA, the Leroy Rifle and Pistol Club, the Prairie Land Frontiersmen Blackpowder Organization, the Barehanded Wolfchokers, and the Widowmakers.


There are all sorts of people in this world. It's as though there's a scale from 0 to 100 and each of us is somewhere along that line, endeavoring to reach the perfect person God intended us to be. Some people work hard at it. Some, not so much. And some have given up.


As we journey down the many paths our lives take us, we meet lots of people along the way. If we're lucky, we get to meet very special people who live their lives near the top of that scale. If we're really, really blessed, we get to be their friend.

Many of us were blessed to know Susie Hulvey. She was one of those people. Always happy, always smiling, always ready with a warm, friendly greeting. She asked about you and truly cared about how you were doing. She walked closely with the Lord and it showed in every aspect of her life. And it wasn't because her life was perfect or that she was unfamiliar with pain, hardship or suffering. She had plenty of that.


Raised as an only child by parents who loved her but didn't know God and wanted to protect her from everything, she was encouraged to concentrate on her appearance and femininity. Sequestered from the real world, she was socially distanced and isolated from the normal teenage life of slumber parties and hanging out with friends..


But then she met Donny Hulvey. From that moment on her life and, as a result, all of our lives, were forever changed.


She learned to shoot guns, bait hooks, throw tomahawks and primitive camp. She was introduced to Jesus, the Bible, and became the person she was always meant to be  The perfect little beauty queen now lived in the country, raised chickens, baked bread, sewed, gardened, canned fruits and vegetables and could shoot a squirrel, skin it, cook it up for dinner, get dressed up in heels and pearls and shoot a coyote from her car on the way down the driveway all in one day! She became a mother and raised her daughters the way she wished she'd grown up.


From her husband, Donnie, her kids and grandkids, her beloved dog Gus, her hosting and entertaining, blackpowder shooting competitions and hunting, Susie was all in. She was never content at doing anything part way. She worked and worked at it until she was the best. Their home is filled with plaques, awards, prizes and thousands of pictures to attest to her amazing skills.

But even this doesn't fully describe her. What Susie was best at was love. She loved life. She loved God. She loved her family and friends. She loved people she didn't even know. And she loved with every ounce of her being. When faced with cancer over 30 years ago she laid her life down before God and asked for His strength and mercy. Together they fought it and won. From that moment on Susie found her voice. She sang like an angel. She sang for the Lord. She wrote mountains of notes to others who were suffering to encourage them, to brighten their day, to let them know they weren't alone, they were stronger than they knew, and she was praying for them.


Her faithfulness to God, her husband, daughters, family and friends is the beautiful, lasting gift she left us all with. Her physical body is gone from our sight, but her sweet, kind smile, her twinkling eyes, her gentle manner, and her boundless love will never be. It will live on forever in all of us whose lives were forever changed by having known her. Her wish would be that we would pass it on to others and be the best that we can be.


Her life here didn't last nearly long enough, but she made it count. She lived it to the fullest while she was here.  Now she sings with the angels, goes on quiet, reflective walks with Jesus in perfect forests, abundant with wildlife and clear, cool streams filled with never-ending love and light.


Susie will no doubt be missed by many, but her and her life will be the topic of discussions for years to come. Keeping our family and friend's memories alive is the highest tribute that we can pay them. There will be many more tears shed for Susie, but hopefully they will be softened by her laughter, her smile and her genuine love of life.


Thank you, Lord, for sharing Susie with all of us. Until we meet again…

Randy Harden

 Randy P. Harden 64 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 12:30 PM April 8, 2020 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.


A time to celebrate Randy’s life will be at a later date due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Il. is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Randy Harden Memorial Fund.


Randy was born February 24, 1956 in Mattoon, IL the son of Paul Wayne and Luella “Lue” (Simmons) Harden. He married Sara Rainey February 24, 1978 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife Sara Harden, Clinton, Il.; children:  Jennifer (Lyle) Harden, Clinton, IL; Megan (Ethan) Carriger, Cincinnati, OH; and Nicole (Andy) McGirr, Bloomington, IL; and 3 grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Randy had a great sense of humor and was a big kidder.  He loved his friends at work like they were a second family.  Most of all, Randy loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.


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Jeanette M. Potts

 Jeanette M. Potts 70 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:28 PM April 6, 2020 at Manor Court, Clinton, Il.


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


Jeanette was born January 27, 1950 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Peggy Jean Smallwood.


Survivors include her children:  Gina (Jason) Defebaugh, Clinton, IL; Jessica VanApeldoorn, Tucson, AZ; and Eric (Tracy) VanApeldoorn, Clinton, IL; 4 grandchildren:  Taelor and Morgan Eads and Rylee and Brently Defebaugh.


Jeanette was a salon owner for many years, taught aerobics at the YMCA, had many friends in her hometown of Clinton. She enjoyed raising her 3 kids as a stay-at-home mother.

Virginia Langellier

Virginia Langellier, 95, of Lincoln passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at St. Clara’s Manor in Lincoln, IL.


Virginia was born on November 17, 1924 in Kankakee, IL; the daughter of Rev. Albert A. and Helen (Cobb) Belyea. She married Robert Langellier Jr. on February 24, 1946 in Urbana, IL. He preceded her in death on July 25, 1987.


Virginia is survived by her sons, Richard B. (Chris) Langellier of Scottsdale, AZ, and  R. William “Bill” (Marsha) Langellier of Lincoln; her grandchildren, Mike Langellier, of Phoenix, AZ, Brent Langellier, of Philadelphia, PA, Jennifer (Brad) Shaw of Lincoln, and Kristofer (Bobbi) Langellier of Lincoln; her great-grandchildren, Konnor, Griffin, and Addison Shaw; her siblings, Dana Belyea of Tucson, AZ, Janice Cook of Fairfield Glade, TN, Janet Steffey of Pleasant Hills, CA, Paul Belyea of Mohomet, IL; and her sister-in-law, Lois Handley of Tucson, AZ.


Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother, Al Belyea. 
Virginia was the Music Supervisor for District 27 for 37 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Wesleyan University, and then her Master’s Degree in Education from The University of Illinois. She was a former member of the Women’s Business Association, Retired Teachers Association of Logan and DeWitt Counties, Daughters of The American Revolution for 65 years, various committees at The First United Methodist Church, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Society.

A private family graveside service for Virginia will be held at a later date at Zion Cemetery in Lincoln, IL. Memorial donations may be made in Virginia’s name to the Lincoln Area Music Society or Memorial Home Hospice. Services have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.

Helen Koshinski

 Helen Marie Koshinski 92 of Kenney, IL passed away April 3, 2020 at Lincolnshire Place in Decatur, IL.


Private graveside service will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Rev. David Dunlop officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is handling the arrangements.  A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date with family and friends.


Memorials may be directed to the Kenney Civic League, Kenney, IL.


Helen was born on August 15, 1927 in Decatur, IL to Grace and Thomas Sheets.


Survivors include her six children:  Eric Koshinski (Shelly), Robert Koshinski (Deb), Terry Koshinski (Carol), Loretta Rogers (Cris), Penny Stephenson (Jim), John Koshinski, 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.


She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one great grandson and her best buddy, Donna Moore.


Helen was proud of her farm which she liked to call “God’s Little Acres.”  She was a member of the Chestnut Lutheran Church and enjoyed celebrating holidays with her family, quilting, knitting and crocheting for family members and morning coffee with Kenney Coffee Group.


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