Dewitt Obits Archives for 2020-06

William "Bill" E. High

William “Bill” E. High 90 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:45 A.M. June 28, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


Graveside services will be 1 PM Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Texas Township Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to DeWitt County Friendship Center or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Bill was born December 26, 1929 in Pleasant Hills, IL the son of Zina Carl and Goldie (Adams) High. He married Helen M. Wheat August 28, 1948 in Piggott, AR. Helen passed away March 11, 2019.


Survivors include his children, Kathy (Ben) McNees, Clinton, IL; Melissa (Steven) Crang, St. Louis, MO, 4 grandchildren, Meghan (Troy) Meyer; Isabella Crang; Julianna Crang; and Luca Crang along with 2 great-grandchildren and his beloved dog Bliss.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 1 sister.


Bill was in the roofing profession all of his life and enjoyed masonry and steeple work on churches. Most of all Bill loved spending time with his family.


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Elisa Rose Hoffman

Elisa Rose Hoffman, 61 of Clinton, IL formerly of Manito, IL passed away 6:50 PM June 23, 2020 at her family home in Clinton, IL.


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


Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Elisa was born October 24, 1958 in Havana, IL the daughter of David and Mary Rose (Woiwode) Reynolds. She married Bernard A. Hoffman May 7, 2016.


Survivors include her husband, Bernard A. Hoffman; daughter, Michaela Cooper; two brothers; and four sisters.


She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister; and 4 brothers.


Elisa always hade a friendly smile and a warm hello for every customer any place she worked.


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Sarah A. Hammer

Sarah A. Hammer, 70 of Argenta, IL passed away 11:15 PM June 19, 2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Graveside services will be 1 PM Monday, June 29, 2020 at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society.


Sarah was born September 21, 1949 in Vincennes, Indiana the daughter of Robert William and Gladys Lavone (Robinson) Donaldson. She married William David Hammer May 14, 2004 in Decatur, IL. He passed away March 12, 2020.


Survivors include children, Betty (Jim) Morrison, Clinton, IL; Jennifer (Devon) Maybon; Decatur, IL; Charity (Shannon) Slater, Decatur, IL; and Misty Hammer, Dalton City, IL; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and brother, David Lee Donaldson, Evansville, IN.


Sarah was preceded in death by her Parents,


Sarah had worked at Emerald Glen of Olney, Il. as a C.N.A. retiring after 40 years in 2003.


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Charles Lehman

 Charles Louis “Chuck” Lehman 82 of Clinton, IL left this world for his heavenly home surrounded by his wife and children June 19, 2020 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. Private burial will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL with military honors.


Memorials may be directed to Chuck Lehman Memorial Fund.


He was one of eleven children born to Ernest and Mildred (Fritz) Lehman on July 11, 1937 in Springfield, IL. He like to brag that he had five brothers and 5 sisters, he being the oldest boy. His parents instilled in him the importance of a hard work ethic.


Chuck graduated from Lanphier High School in 1954. While there he was a standout athlete for the Lions in both baseball and football. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army. He served his country proudly for 3 years as a medical lab technician. He loved to tell his children and grandchildren the story that while stationed in Germany, he got to draw Elvis Presley’s blood.


After his time in the army, he obtained his BA in Science from Illinois State and later his Masters Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. He met the love of his life, Brenda Dianne Newell, while working as a lab tech at Mennonite Hospital. Brenda was a nursing student at the time and was not to date an employee. He finally won her over with his charm and smile. They were married December 28, 1963, living out their vows in the most beautiful way and she survives.


They made their home in Clinton, IL in 1964 when he accepted a teaching position at Clinton High School. It was there that he became a beloved Biology Teacher, Coach, and mentor to the students of CHS until retiring in 1995. He and his good friend, Ron Sexton, began Clinton’s wrestling program. He was proud of that. He also coached baseball and football. He inspired and encouraged so many of his students to love science. While raising a family, he worked many summers hiring detasselling crews and teaching night classes at Richland Community College. After retiring from teaching, he worked in the lab at Dr. John Warner Hospital. He finally retired and had time to enjoy his little piece of heaven on earth and more time with his family and grandchildren.


Chuck’s real pride and his legacy is his family. He was father to Arthur Louis (Cindy) of Kokomo, IN; Charles Alan (Cindy Abner), Sara Jo Bateson both of Clinton, IL; and William Andrew (Angie Dunakey) of Kenney, IL. He was the kind of Dad who showed his children unconditional love, how to treat their mother, how to work hard for what they want, to love the great outdoors and sports. They all survive him.


His favorite thing to be was a grandpa and great grandpa, he was the best! He lit up when he talked about his grandchildren. Those blessed to call him grandpa were, Kate (Scott) Basinger, Ohio; Ashley (Tequah) Robinson, Texas; Hannah (Matt) Bell, Gibson City; Carissa Blankenship (Dustin Barr), Tennessee; Ciera Blankenship, Bloomington; Heather (Jake) Ziegler, Decatur; Russell (Alyson) Brown, Clinton; Libby and Ella Bateson, Clinton. Great grandchildren, Natalie, Morgan, Brooklynn all of Ohio; Brynlee, Maeve, Nylah all of Tennessee; Maddie, Decatur; Bryce, Gibson City; and Oakleigh, Texas. All survive grandpa.


He is survived by brothers Larry (Carlene) Lehman, Centralia; Steve Lehman, Springfield; David (Janet) Lehman, Riverton, sister Denise Lehman, Sherman; many special nieces and nephews, and "bonus" kids. 


Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and four sisters.


Chuck was a son, brother, grandson, husband, father, uncle, cousin, grandpa, and great grandpa. Most importantly, he was loved and will be missed by many.


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Alice Gambrel

 Alice B. Gambrel, 103 of Clinton, IL passed away 6:30 AM June 15, 2020 at her Mesa, Arizona residence.


Services will be 11 AM Wednesday June 24, 2020 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home..


Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly or a charity of donor’s choice.


Alice was born January 19, 1917 in Bellflower, IL the daughter of Ira and Lula (Ennis) Provines. She married Frank B. Gambrel August 7, 1945 in Clinton, IL. He passed away February 14, 1985.


Survivors include her children, Rex (Sandra) Gambrel, Clinton, IL; Rita Leeman, Sandy, Utah; Grandchildren Lisa (Brett) Alvis, Clinton, IL; Tracy Gambrel, Clinton, IL; Great-grandchildren Tyler (Liz) Gambrel, Jared Gambrel, Alyssa Mead; Great-great-grandchildren Paeton Komnick, Rex Gambrel, Lillian Gambrel, and Issiah Knoth.


She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother and 1 sister.


Alice retired from F.S. where she worked as a bookkeeper. She loved gardening and spending time with her family.

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Randy Martin

 Randy Martin, 65 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:25 PM June 19, 2020 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.


Visitation will be 9 – 10:30 AM Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Lane Christian Church, Lane, IL. Private family services will follow the visitation with Jim Kilson officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Lane Christian Church or the Kloe’s Giving Heart.


Randy was born March 31, 1955 in Rockford, IL the son of William E. “Bill” and Dorothy Gail (Musick) Martin. He married Brenda Price July 19, 1975 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Brenda Martin, Clinton, IL, daughter, Brooke (Josh) Weiss, Clinton, IL, 2 grandchildren, Kole Weiss and Kolby Weiss, sister, Bonita (Jeff) Amenda, Monticello, IL, and son, Bryan Martin, Clinton, IL. Also surviving are several cousins and lifelong friend, Scott Leischner and the rest of his farming buddies.


Randy was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Kloe A. Weiss.


Randy was a proud John Deere farmer, farming his entire life. He was also a St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was always involved with his grandchildren and was their biggest supporter.


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Melissa Coppenbarger

Melissa Coppenbarger 57 of Clinton, Il. passed away 8:03 PM June 18, 2020, at her residence, Clinton, Il.


Graveside services will be 11 AM, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, 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 a charity of the donor’s choice.


Melissa was born August 28, 1962, in Clinton, IL the daughter of Harry R. and Ruth Ann (Douglas) Coppenbarger.


Survivors include her parents, Harry R. and Ruth Ann Coppenbarger, Wapella, IL; siblings, Marcia (Jim) Clifton, Thorntown, IN;  and Steve (Jenny) Coppenbarger, Clinton, IL; several nieces, nephews, and 1 great-nephew also survive.


Melissa was a Registered Nurse at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Il.

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Nancy T. Beadles

Nancy T. Beadles 77 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 1 PM June 17, 2020 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


Services will be 11 AM Monday June 22, 2020 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL, is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Clinton United Methodist Church or the Clinton YMCA.


Nancy was born May 25, 1943 in Rock Island, IL the daughter of Walter M. and Helen C. (Holdridge) Theobald. She married William E. “Bill” Beadles April 18, 1970 in Clinton, IL. He passed away February 9, 2016.


Survivors include her children, Stephanie (Rennie) Cluver, Clinton, IL; Matthew Beadles, Clinton, IL; 4 Grandchildren MaKayle Beadles, Mason Beadles, Brooks Cluver and Lilah Cluver; Sister, LouAnne C. (Wayne) Shuyler, Salem, Oregon.


Nancy was preceded in death by her Parents and brother Steven Theobald.


Nancy was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church. She worked at the HRC in Clinton for 30 years. Nancy enjoyed playing bridge and being with her friends and family.

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Howard Paul Werts

Howard Paul Werts, 90, of Clinton, Illinois, passed away at 10:45 A.M. Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Manor Court, Clinton, Illinois.


A private family graveside service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mayview, Illinois, with Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Military rites will be accorded. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to Little Galilee Christian Camp, The Write Stuff For Kids, or the Vault. Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Paul was born on May 6, 1930, in Champaign, Illinois, a son of Jesse Howard and Lois Simer Werts.


He is survived by his children, Tere (Mike) Tedrick of Clinton, Illinois; John Howard (Kay Ann) Werts of Clinton, Illinois; Erik (Mendy) Zeigler of Clinton, Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Tracey; Carrie; Beth; Howard Marc; Jessica; Luke; and Kyle; 13 great-grandchildren, Coltan; Maggie; Briauna; Aidyn; Addison; Amerie; Abby; Haylee; Bentley; Joy; Jessie Howard; Jack Howard; Norah Jo; great-great-grandchildren, Jacob; Ava; Myles; and one on the way.


He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Rick Zeigler; brother, Fred D.; and sister, Marilyn.


Paul lived on the family farm south east of Urbana near Deers Station until he moved to Clinton, Illinois. He excelled in wrestling and football in high school and graduated from Urbana High School in 1948. He was a life-long farmer for over 50 years.


Paul was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Clinton, Illinois; DeWitt County Farm Bureau; DeWitt Masonic Lodge 84; Elks Club, Clinton, Illinois; Exchange Club, Clinton, Illinois; American Ag Movement; and Illinois Corn Growers Association. He served on the Soil Conservation Board for several years. Paul also had been a JFL Coach and he loved to dance.


?The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Court and all of his angels who loved and cared for Paul.”

Glen Trimble

 Glen D. Trimble, 88, of Clinton, IL formerly of DeWitt, IL passed away at 11:09 PM, June 11, 2020 at his family residence.


Services will be 2 PM, Tuesday June 16, 2020 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Jerry Huisinga officiating. Visitation will be 1 PM until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Texas Township Cemetery with military honors at 2:30 PM.


Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice or the Glen D. Trimble Memorial Fund.


Glen was born April 9, 1932 in Nancy, KY the son of Delbert and Opal (Pierce) Trimble. He met the love of his life, Mabel, at The Shack and they married July 26, 1957.


Survivors include his wife, Mabel Trimble, Clinton, IL, children, Janet (Rick) Ashe; Cheryl Russell; Glenda (Rich) Champley; Leslie (Mark) Cyrulik; and Larry Trimble, grandchildren, Nakoa Trimble; Jason (Tracy) Trimble; Jade Russell; Kalan (Alaina) Russell; Courtney, Christian, and Callie Champley, great grandchildren, Kaine, Seth, Kahle Trimble; and Ryan, Evan, and Sadie Russell, sister, Joyce Dearth, along with many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Denzel Trimble.


Glen was a member of the First Baptist Church, Farmer City, and a US Navy Veteran serving his country from 1952 until 1956.


While working in Decatur at Caterpillar, Glen received the nickname “Sugarfoot”. Later he worked for the Wapella High School and Clinton Community Jr. High and was the Wilson Township Road Commissioner for 11 years starting in 1998. But, Glen’s true passion was farming.


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Ricky D. Thrasher

Ricky D. Thrasher, 59, of Clinton, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, at Generations at Lincoln.


No services are scheduled. Cremation Rites have been accorded.


Ricky Dean Thrasher was born on May 20, 1961 in Clinton the son of Ronald Keith and Edna Kay Svestka Thrasher.


He is survived by his mother; his children: Jeremy Roberts, Loretta (Jeff) Woodbury, Mandi Thrasher, Megan Thrasher, and Morgan Thrasher; his siblings: Lennie (Mary) Thrasher, Jeff Thrasher, Penny (Bob) Thomas, Cindy Gharett, Mindy (Dwayne) Sessions, Paul Thrasher, Paula (John) Carpenter, and Scott (Eva) Thrasher; and four grandchildren: Chloe, Jackson, Laurel, Hunter.


He was preceded in death by his father.


Memorials may be made to Second Chance for Pets Dewitt County.


Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lieutenant Colonel, (ret.) Norman Emery

Lieutenant Colonel, (ret.) Norman Emery, United States Army, 52, of Clinton, IL passed away in his home surrounded by family on June 4, 2020 at 2:43pm after a 3 ½ year battle with brain cancer.  A memorial service will be held on June 15, 2020 at 11am at First Christian Church, Clinton, IL with Greg Taylor officiating. A graveside ceremony with military honors will be held immediately following at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings officiating. In light of Covid19, specific measures will be taken for the protection of those in attendance.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Born October 3, 1967 in San Diego, CA , the son of Gerald Emery and Linda Ely, he grew up in Peoria, Il with Gerald and Patricia Emery, and his brother, Kevin Emery. He was active in sports and a variety of extracurricular activities. He maintained lifelong relationships with many of his classmates, especially those from Peoria High School.


Lt. Col. Emery graduated from Illinois State University in December 1989 with a BA in Russian Studies. He was commissioned in May 1989, completing the ISU ROTC program. He served in the Field Artillery, Military Intelligence, and Information Operations (IO) branches with duty at Schweinfurt, Germany; Fort Campbell, KY; Zagreb, Croatia; Monterey, CA; Fort Bragg, NC and Fort Belvoir, VA and served 39 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned an MS in Defense Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School, completing his joint thesis on “Terrorist Use of Information Operations.” He was a decorated veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. His badges and awards include Airborne, Air Assault, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.


In 2008, Norman was reunited with his high school sweetheart, Rachel, of Clinton, IL.  They were married that same year, and he became father to five children that he “loved as though he had been there from the beginning.” He retired from the Army in 2009, and in 2012 their daughter, Naomi, was born. He was proud to become “Papa” to Adeline Grace in 2019.


In his retirement years, Norman explored a variety of interests and professions including contracting as an information operations subject matter expert, landscaping, home inspection, substitute teaching, and finally as a corrections officer for DeWitt County Sherriff. He was dedicated to investing in his community and did so by serving on the board of directors of the Dewitt County Habitat for Humanity and The Vault Youth Center. He was a member of the local chapter of Amvets, and after his diagnosis with glioblastoma brain cancer, he contributed to the organization of the local Brain Tumor Nature Walk and Fundraiser for the National Brain Tumor Society. He was an active member of First Christian Church in Clinton and loved playing the bass in the worship band.


While he took great pride in his in his service to his country during his 24 year military career, Norman placed an even higher value on the kind of man he was  known to be in the context of his personal relationships and in service to others. Above all, Norman was a man devoted to living his Christian faith, to loving his family and his friends well, and to seizing opportunities to make a positive difference in the world around him.


Norman is survived by his wife, Rachel Emery, Clinton, his children Hannah Emery, Clinton, Michaela Kitson (Devane Amalla), Clinton, Jason (McKenna) Kitson, Knightville, IN, Sarah Emery, Chicago, IL, Levi Kitson, and Naomi Emery, Clinton,IL.  and his grandchildren Abdiel, Izra, and Adeline Grace Amalla. He is also survived by his parents, Gerald and Patricia Emery, East Peoria, IL, and Linda Ely, Clinton, Il,  as well as his brother, Kevin (JoAnn) Emery, Metamora, IL, and his sister, LaVahn Tate, Granite City, IL, and he loved being an uncle to their children.


The family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to one of the following:


The Lieutenant Colonel Norman E. Emery Award and Scholarship Fund

PPS Foundation, 5901 N. Prospect Rd, Ste 14E, Peoria, IL 61614


The National Brain Tumor Society

Committed to finding a cure and improving the lives of all those affected by brain tumors.


Inheritance of Hope

Inspiring hope in young families facing the loss of a parent by providing life-changing retreats and resources as well as ongoing spiritual, emotional, and financial support.


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Gail Ann Henard

Gail Ann Henard 73 of Clinton, IL passed away June 5, 2020 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, private services will be Friday, June 12, 2020 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge and Bill Duey officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to Clinton Assembly of God Church or the Choices Pregnancy & Health, Charleston, IL.


Gail was born January 19, 1947 in Carbondale, IL the daughter of Wilbern and Lorene (Ozment) Boatright. She married David E. Henard November 10, 1968 in Marion, IL.


Survivors include her husband, David E. Henard, Clinton, IL, children, Rachel Gayle (Bill) Duey, Mattoon, IL; Tessa Helen (Brian) Volle, Oreana, IL; and Franklin David (Emily) Henard, Bloomington, IL, grandchildren, Hannah Seay; Audrey Volle; David Volle; Megan Volle; Austin Henard; Lizzy Henard, great granddaughter, Tensley, and sister, Jan (Bob) Steffy, Mt. Vernon, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents.


Gail loved to garden, to read, and to listen to music.  She was a stay-at-home Mom until her children were older and before working as a counselor and assistant director at Choices Pregnancy and Health, Charleston, IL for 10 years.  She was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God Church.  Gail and David had ministered to others by taking two mission trips to Kyrgyzstan and during multiple trips to Juarez Mexico where they helped build houses for the poor.  They served from a YWAM base near Weston, CO after a missionary training course there.  They moved to a house near the base and continued to support other missionaries.  Gail completed a TESOL course in Montana so that she could teach English to Kyrgyz youth.


Gail was a devoted wife and mother and she loved people.  She was well loved by her husband and family and all those who knew her. Her life was centered on her family, her church family and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  She is deeply missed.


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C. W. Burnett

C. W. Burnett, 68, of Kenney, IL passed away 12:47 PM June 4, 2020 at St. Clara’s Manor, Lincoln, Il.


Private services will be Tuesday June 9, 2020 at East Park Baptist Church, Decatur, IL with Pastor Ryan Banman officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Private visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the East Park Baptist Church.


C.W. was born November 5, 1951 in Keokuk, IA the son of Raymond and Ruth (McCoy) Burnett. He married Karen DeNeui September 25, 1971 in Loveland, CO.


Survivors include his wife, Karen Burnett, Kenney, IL, children, Cindy Burnett, Decatur, IL; Becky (Jeff) Hanlin, McLean, IL, grandchildren, Will Goble; Cheyenne Hanlin; and Levi Hanlin, brother, Rodger Burnett, Cedar Rapids, IA; and sister, Vivian (Daryl) Poole, Des Moines, IA; and one sister-in-law, Toni Burnett, Iowa


He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.


C.W. had been a semi-truck driver for 49 years. He loved traveling in his truck and on his motorcycle, having been to forty-eight of the states and parts of Canada. He had also volunteered delivering supplies to hurricane victims in the southern states.  C.W. was a member for East park Baptist Church, Decatur, IL.  He had accepted the Lord as a teenager.


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Vernon L. "Hop" Murphy

Vernon L. “Hop” Murphy 68 of Waynesville, IL  passed away 9:06 PM June 3, 2020 at his family residence, Waynesville, IL.


Services will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to Waynesville Fire Dept. or the Wapella Fire Dept.


Hop was born September 30, 1951 in Lincoln, IL the son of Elwin Patrick and Lura Elizabeth (Crum) Murphy. He married Kathy Welch May 5, 1973 in Wapella, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Kathy Murphy, Waynesville, IL, sons, Patrick (Angie) Murphy, Heyworth, IL, and Andy (Holly) Murphy, Waynesville, IL, daughter, Kim (Matt) Morlock, Waynesville, IL, grandchildren, Kyle; Kali; Ian; Ellie; Audrey; Izzy Murphy, Khloe; Kael Morlock, brothers, Melvin “Mick” (Ginny) Murphy, Clinton, IL; Marvin (Karen) Murphy, Clinton, IL. Along with his dog and constant companion, Lily.


Vernon was preceded in death by his parents.


Hop served in the US Army for 2 years after being drafted in 1971. He farmed most of his life until 2001, then he retired after 12 years in 2018 from Maschhoffs.


Hop enjoyed his grandchildren’s many events, such as dance, softball, baseball, wrestling, football, and watching sheep shows at the fairs. He never knew a stranger.


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Edward Dean Whisnant

Edward Dean Whisnant 92 of Argenta, IL passed away peacefully in his home at 8:05 A.M. June 2, 2020.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, private graveside services will be at Friday, June 5, 2020 at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL with DMH Hospice Chaplain Jan Dial officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Decatur Memorial Hospice.


Edward was born December 30, 1927 in Macon County, Illinois the son of Noah and Nettie (Kaufman) Whisnant. He married his wife Frances Benz January 9, 1948 in Argenta, IL and was preceded in death by her on August 8, 2009.


Edward was the father to three children, Steven (Barbara) Whisnant; Linda (Bruce) White; Brenda (Bill) Zombro. He had 11 grandchildren, Brad Whisnant; Jeff (Geralyn) Whisnant; Greg (Mindy) Whisnant, Stephanie Whisnant, Cory (Hannah) White, Scott White, Shannon White, Shawna (Jerrod) Askeren, Desiree (Chris) Barrett, Jamie Zombro and Billi Zombro. He had 26 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.


Surviving is his sister, Dorothy Kendall of Argenta. He was preceded in death by his brother, Delmar Whisnant and parents, Noah and Nettie Whisnant.


Edward enjoyed gardening, his flower beds, fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling. He loved his weekly trips to the Bement Opry..


Edward was a member of the Painter’s Local #289 Union for 30 years.


He will be dearly missed by all, but we all know he is very happy to be with our mom.


The family would like to thank the Decatur Memorial Hospice for their kindness during this time.


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