Dewitt Obits Archives for 2021-05

Gary Meseke

Gary D. Meseke, age 76, was called to Heaven on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at Liberty Village in Clinton, Illinois.


Services will be 11 A.M. Friday, June 4, 2021 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. David Dunlop officiating.  Burial will follow at Augsburg Imanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Shobonier, IL with Military Honors.  Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Thursday, June 3, 2021 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to The VFW of Clinton, Illinois.


He was born on December 11, 1944 in Vandalia, Illinois to Marvin and Rita (Rohlfing) Meseke. They preceded him in death, along with his brother, Roger Lyn Meseke. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran.


Gary married Deanna (Tharp) on March 12, 1971 in Clinton, Illinois. She survives.


He worked as a machinist at Revere Copper and Brass (Olin Fabricated Metals) for 24 years and as custodian for Dewitt County Sherriff’s Office for several years. 


Gary was an active member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton, Illinois.


He is also survived by his daughter, Sandra (Bruce) Thomas, his step children, Pam (Ted) Baginski and Jacob Metzger, and 3 grandchildren, Briley Thomas, Thaddius Joseph "T.J" Baginski, and Clarissa Baginski.


He will be greatly missed..


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Ronnie C. Burden

Ronnie C. Burden, 77, of Waynesville passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at his home. 


A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta. 


A Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, 2021, at the Quiram Peasley Funeral Home.   


Burial will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.  


Ronnie C. Burden was born on April 14, 1944, in Rockport, Indiana, the son of Frank and Rena Fulkerson Burden.  He was united in marriage to Jill Coppenbarger. She survives. 


Also surviving are his children: Rick (Shannon Stephenson) Burden, Cris (Mike) Hardwick; four grandchildren: Michael Hardwick, Jessica (Ricky) Monkman, April Phillips, and Jeff Bryan, II; six great-grandchildren: Isaiah , Elijah, Marley, Jillian, Oliver, and Danny; two sisters: Jean Gordon and Janie (Fred) McWhorter; and one brother: David Burden.  


He was preceded in death by his parents, one granddaughter: Niki Burden, and three sisters. 


Ronnie owned and operated Burden Detasseling Company for 60 years and was a member of Laborers Local #362 for 57 years.    


His hobbies included hosting and attending Mud Drags, gardening, spending the winters in Daytona, Florida, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 


Memorials may be made to the Waynesville Fire Department or American Diabetes Association. 


Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Norma Jean Dyer

Norma Jean Dyer (nee Lourash) beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother joined our Heavenly Father on April 3, 2021.


 Norma was born on December 9, 1932 in Decatur, Illinois to Arlie Lourash and Amanda Lourash (nee Volkmann).  She graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1950 and married William F. “Sam” Dyer in 1952. Their marriage endured until Sam’s passing in 2009.  She was employed by A.E. Staley/Tate and Lyle her entire working career. She resided with her family in Clinton, Illinois for 56 years. 


Norma was involved with numerous Masonic bodies with a focus on the Order of the Eastern Star in which she held several offices including Worthy Matron. Her hobbies included genealogy, sewing, and canning. She was a member of the Clinton United Methodist Church.


Norma was preceded in death by her husband Sam, her parents, and one brother.


She is survived by her four sons: John Dyer (Linda), Donald Dyer (Lana), Kevin Dyer and Mark Dyer (Cindy), 8 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. 


A memorial service with Eastern Star rites will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, 4020 North Water Street Decatur, IL. There will be a social gathering at 9:30 a.m. with the memorial service beginning at 10:00 am. A private family internment service will be conducted immediately following the memorial service at Point Pleasant Cemetery, Long Creek, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Eastern Star Home, Macon, Illinois.


Please follow appropriate COVID-19 prevention protocols. 


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Dawson & Wikoff North Chapel, Decatur, IL. 

Barbara Jackson

 Barbara  Jackson 77 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 2:30 PM May 22, 2021 at her family residence, Clinton, IL, a victim of cancer.


Services will be 11 AM, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Thursday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to The Kenney Civic League, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or The American Cancer Society.


Barbara was born on February 27, 1944 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Alvin and Norma Jean (Ayers) Johnson.  Alvin, her father, was killed in World War II, in October of that year.  Her mother married Frank Lemmel, Jr. in 1948, and Barbara gained the best dad she could have ever wanted.  She grew up on the Lemmel farm near Kenney, IL, graduated from Clinton High School in 1962, and attended I.S.U. for two years. 


She married Paul Bean in 1964, lived in Bloomington and had one son, Eric.  She later married Rodger Dixon, in 1988 and lived on his farm near Kappa, IL.  Rodger died in 2004.  She then married Gene Jackson, in 2005 lived in El Paso, IL until they moved to Clinton in 2014.  Gene died in February 2018.


Barbara loved music, played the piano and cornet, and enjoyed garage sales, thrift shops, traveling and camping.


She is survived by her son, Eric (Heather) Bean, El Paso, IL; five grandchildren:  Michael (Kandice) Bean, Kevin (Cameron) Bean, Becky Bean, James Bean, and Genna Bean; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Jerry (Jackie) Lemmel, Clinton, IL; one sister, Terri Lemmel, Clinton, IL; two nephews, and one niece.


She was preceded in death by her parents and three husbands.

James Mikel Decker

 James Mikel “Mike” Decker, 54 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 2 A.M. May 23, 2021 at his family residence, Clinton, Il.


A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be 5 – 8 PM, Thursday, May 27, 2021 at The Abagail, 1520 E. South St., Clinton, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.


Memorials may be directed to The James Mikel Decker Memorial Fund or The American Diabetes Association.


Mike was born May 18, 1967 in Clinton, IL the son of Ray and Imogene (Moore) Decker. He married Melinda Hanafin on June 6, 1998 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Melinda Decker, Clinton, Il.; sons, Braden Anthony Decker and Trenton Mikel Decker both at home; siblings, Gary (Terrie) Decker, Hallsville, IL and Nancy Decker, Kentucky; nephews, Josh (Brandy Wilhite) Decker and Billy Irvin, Clinton, IL; and great-niece, Drew Decker, Clinton, IL; mother-in-law, Carol Hanafin, Heyworth, IL; brothers-in-law, Bryan (Stacey) Hanafin, LeRoy, IL and Darin (Mandy) Hanafin, Argenta, IL; nephews:  Wyatt, Wylie, Walker, Brody, Jahden, Brayd, and Blake; nieces, Willa and Whitley.


Mike was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Mark Anthony Decker.


Mike “played in the dirt” for The Clinton Landfill since 1993.  He also loved to play in the dirt with his boys riding dirt bikes and ATV’s.  Mike always had a great time with his friends and co-workers and taking trail riding trips with the “Midland Mulisha”.

Patricia J. Butler

 Patricia J. Butler, 81, of Clinton, IL passed away at 8:58 AM Thursday May 20, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, May 24, 2021 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the funeral home.  The family requests face masks worn at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to the Clinton Assembly of God Church.


Patricia was born April 7, 1940 in Lane, IL the daughter of Darrell L. and Fleta (Duff) Moody. She married Joseph Earl Butler December 21, 1958 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 17, 2009.


Survivors include her children, Kimberlin (Tim) Hoyt, Clinton, IL; Timothy (Jessie) Butler, Chestnut, IL; Pamela Butler, Clinton, IL; Mark (Kelly) Butler, Bloomington, IL; 13 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren on the way; siblings:  Carolyn Nobles, Clinton, IL; Marilyn (Allen) Brewer, Clinton, IL; and Ronald (Sandra) Moody, Bloomington, IL.


Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; 1 brother, Donald Moody; and good friends, Merv and Peg Thompson.


Patricia was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God Church.  She was “Mama” to many.

Gary Braun

Gary E. Braun 74 of Clinton, Illinois passed away 9:29 PM April 29, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Il.


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


Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.


Gary was born December 14, 1946 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Eugene and Mildred (Bloedorn) Braun. He married Katherine R. Kelley, February 1, 1969 in Milwaukee, WI.


Survivors include his wife, Katherine R. Braun, Clinton, IL; daughters, Ann (Jason) Neavor, East Peoria, IL and Kari (Tyrel) Klein, Clinton, IL; 6 grandchildren, Erin, Emma, Gavin, Grace, Sadie, and Sophie; sister, Sharon James, Hartford, WI.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Christine Ziegler.


Gary worked for Outboard Marine Corp. in Waukegan, IL for 35 years. After retirement, he worked security for the Antioch High School, Antioch, IL. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving from 1966 until 1968. He enjoyed golf and fishing.


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