Dewitt Obits Archives for 2021-09

Alan Bell

Alan Wilson Bell 65 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:40 A..M. September 21, 2021 in rural Clinton, IL.


Alan’s wish was to be cremated followed by private family services. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Alan was born November 7, 1955 in in Clinton, IL the son of Arthur and Anna Mae (Willmore) Bell. He attended DeWitt and Wester elementary schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1973.


Survivors include his siblings, Phillip Bell, Minneapolis, MN, Susan Bell, Bloomington, IL, Lindsey (Noel) McCoy, Farmer City, IL; nieces and nephews, Nicole, Bryan, Lesli, Phillip, Brandon, and John, along with his buddies, Wesley and Bradley, who he thought of as grandsons.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mike; sister, Stephanie; daughter, Jasmine; and great nephew, Christian.


Alan’s passion throughout his life were motorcycling, and spending time with friends. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting.


Alan’s family would like to express their appreciation for the many kind thoughts expressed by Alan’s many friends and acquaintances in the community. For those who would like to do so, consider making a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Alan.


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Jacob Black

Jacob Wayne Black, 44 of Oreana, IL passed away 7:00 PM September 16, 2021 at his home in Oreana, IL.


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


Memorials may be directed to The Macon County Humane Society


Jacob was born October 9, 1976 in Gettysburg, PA the son of Larry and Joyce Marie (Jones) Black.


Survivors include his father, Larry Black, Oreana, IL and step-sister, Tracey Griffith,  Ephratea, PA.


He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother, Michael Griffith.


Jake held various jobs including working at a potato chip factory, pre-cast concrete, and auto detailing.  He enjoyed dogs, listening to music, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and old cars.


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LIla Riddle-McNees

Lila Jane “Tudy” Riddle-McNees 99 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:25 PM September 15, 2021 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 11 AM Wednesday September 22, 2021 at the Wapella Christian Church, Wapella, IL with Joshua Gorrie officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 9 - 11 AM at the church. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Wapella Christian Church or the Wapella Fire Department.


Lila was born September 7, 1922 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Lyle and Louise (Gorman) Crum. She married Glenn F. Riddle September 24, 1946. He passed away December 12, 1974. She later married John McNees. He preceded her in death.


Survivors include her children, Vic (Donna) Riddle, Wapella, IL; Sharon Riddle, Wapella, IL; grandchildren Darci (Shanon) Newman, John Wheat, Justin (Nicole) Williams, Jacob (Mia) Riddle, and Colleen (Jim) Byrne; 13 great-grandchildren.


Tudy was preceded in death by her parents, son, Walter F. Riddle, and great-grandson, Blake Newman.


Tudy was a member of Wapella Christian Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the DeWitt County Extension. She enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting, and was a great cook.


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Roberta Jaspers

Roberta Marie (Cutright) Jaspers 71 of Kenney, IL passed away 9:45 A.M. September 9, 2021 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.


Private graveside services will be Thursday at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL with Angie Cosgrove officiating. There will be no visitation. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to Kenney Fire Dept, Second Chance Pet Adoption or DeWitt County Animal Shelter.


Roberta was born April 20, 1950 in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Orville James and Hazel Pauline (Centers) Cutright. She married Jay Jaspers June 2, 1990 in Bloomington, IL. He passed away September 2001.


Survivors include her siblings, Barbara (Richard) Johnson, Kenney, IL; Sharon Greenslate, Kenney, IL; Paula (Randy) Kelly, Kenney, IL; and Orville H. (Linda) Cutright, Kenney, IL.


Roberta was preceded in death by her Parents, Siblings, Lois Summers, Mary Rohrscheib, Charles Cutright and Betty Cutright.


Roberta enjoyed making Christmas and Easter cards for church, photography, and collecting car paraphernalia. She was a member of the Good News Gospel Trio and loved animals. Roberta had a nursing career spanning more than thirty years.


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Lora Jane Sparks Ash

Lora Jane Sparks Ash, 91, of Atlanta, passed away on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at the Christian Village Nursing Home in Lincoln.


Private family services are scheduled. Burial will be in the Atlanta Cemetery.


Lora Jane Sparks was born August 28, 1930, in Lincoln, the daughter of Commodore N. and Lora S. Whitehead Sparks. She was united in marriage to James A. Ash, Jr., on April 4, 1953. He preceded her in death on November 7, 2008.


Surviving Lora Jane are her two daughters: Julie Yarcho of Atlanta and Lori (Kate) Grace of Indian Wells, CA; one son: James (Laura) Ash, III , of Lincoln; six

grandchildren: Jaime Flack, Jodi (Michael Stewart) Yarcho, Jackie (Justin) Dietrich, Ryan Ash , Justin Ash, and Mollie (Ron Smith) Ash; and six great-grandchildren: Taylor and Samuel Flack, Deacon and Charlize Ashenbremer, and Hudson and Barrick Dietrich.


She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and one brother: John Sparks.

Lora Jane was a farmer's daughter raised in Beason. A Beason Yellowjackets cheerleader, she graduated from Beason High School in 1948, and then attended McMurry College and Millikin University. Lora Jane loved her family, her pets, and was an avid book reader and gardener. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln and the DAR.


Her family gives thanks to The Christian Village for taking such wonderful care of Lora Jane.


Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Rescue Squad, Alzheimer's Foundation, Atlanta Public Library or Ruby's Rescue & Retreat.


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

Rev. C. Don Ferrill

 Rev. C. Don Ferrill was born in Clinton, IL. on June 23, 1931 to Charlie and Eva (Conn) Ferrill. He went to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 7, 2021. He was raised on a farm just west of Weldon Springs State Park where he spent the first part of his life working as a farmer alongside his family. He also worked at Revere making shell casings. Don received his call to ministry six years post High School. He quickly went to get his education at Eastern Illinois University and Evangelical Theological Seminary to become a local Pastor.


Pastor Don served numerous churches across Central Illinois spanning 65 years of Christian Ministry which included: 1956 Oakley-Garver Brick EUB, 1963 Saybrook EUB, 1968 Peoria Grace UMC, 1976 Clinton UMC, 1988 Danville St. James UMC, 1997 Retired from UMC, 2000 Clinton Presbyterian, 2005 Decatur Grace UMC, 2013 Weldon UMC, 2019 Kenny UMC.


Don was married to the love of his life Fran (Hall) Ferrill for 52 years. Fran was not only his best-friend but a faithful and dedicated Pastor’s wife and ministry partner. Don had two sons, Timothy James (Mindy) Ferrill and Peter Andrew Ferrill. He has eight grandchildren: Irelyn, Landyn, Layne, Kieran, and Drayden Ferrill, Hope Ferrill, Hayden (Sidney) Maurice, and Laurenn Maurice. He has one great-grandchild Tate Maurice. Don has one older sister Marjorie (Joe) Shearer of Villa Grove and one younger brother Ross (Dorothy) Ferrill of Argenta. He has one sister-in-law Beverly (Don) Swanstrom of Gibson City and one brother-in-law Dr. Samuel Hall of St. Paul, Minnesota. Don has countless nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.


Pastor Don’s greatest passion and purpose in life was being a witness to others in our world for Jesus Christ. He loved God, the church, local pastors, and gave his life for the mission of telling others about Jesus. His life and ministry have impacted countless thousands of lives with the good news of the Gospel of Hope, Healing, Salvation, and Victory through faith in Jesus Christ. 


His visitation will be from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. followed by his Celebration of Life Service from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021 both located at the Clinton United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in his honor to The Tabernacle Church located at 1845 W. Hovey Ave. in Normal, IL. or any church of your choice.


Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.comr

Melody M. Wilson

Melody M. Wilson, 59, of Clinton, IL passed away at 11:58 AM, September 4, 2021 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.


Services will be 10 AM, Friday, September 10, 2021 at the First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor John Roberson officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, Il. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, September 9, 2021 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church, Clinton, Il.


Melody was born August 15, 1962 in Clinton, Il. the daughter Timothy and Penny (Cowles) Cornell. She married Tom Wilson May 2, 1987 in Clinton, Il.


Survivors include her husband, Tom Wilson, Clinton, Il.; daughter, Charity (Brandon) Hardwick, Clinton, Il.;  four grandchildren:  Grace and Faith Gates and Kearington and Brock Hardwick; mother, Penny (Don) MacIsaac, Clinton, Il.; siblings: Gene (Selena) Cornell, Wapella, Il.; Annette Cornell, Normal, Il.; Jerry (Jenny) Schulz, Lakeville,  Minnesota; Steve (Hollie) Schulz, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and Christy (Scott) Webb, Clinton, Il..


Melody was preceded in death by her father.


Melody was a member of First Baptist Church, Clinton, IL. She had been a Certified Nurse’s Assistant for years in Clinton, Lincoln, and Decatur.  She was very compassionate and caring to those she cared for as a CNA.  

Kathy J. Coyle

Kathy J. Coyle, 60, of Clinton, passed away on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. 


A Memorial Service for Mrs. Coyle will held on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta with Rev. Tami Werschey- Kessinger officiating.   

Burial will be held at a later date in Goose Creek Cemetery in Deland, Illinois. 


Kathy J. Hobson was born on March 30, 1961, in Bloomington, the daughter of Ralph Thomas and Nancy Jo Godden Hobson. She was united in marriage to Russell Martin Coyle on September 30, 1996. He preceded her in death on June 15, 2016.  


She is survived by one daughter, Kasy (Kyle) Swickard of Clinton; one brother: Ralph Hobson; and two grandchildren: Alex and Brylie. 


She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, three brothers, and one sister. 


Kathy was a member of the Beason United Methodist Church. 


She had previously worked at Lawrence Place in Lincoln. 


Memorials may be made to her family.  


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Quiram Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.  

Donald McKimmy

Donald Wayne McKimmy, Sr., 80, of Clinton, IL passed away at 1:10 AM, September 3, 2021 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.


Graveside services will be 2:30 PM, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Pastor Abraham Mogerman officiating.  There will be no visitation.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to The DeWitt County Friendship Center.


Donald was born April 12, 1941 in Clinton, IL the son of Arthur Dean and Dorothy Faye (Lawler) McKimmy.


Survivors include his children: Donna Louise Turcer, Steinhatchee, FL; Lana Sue Crady, Steinhatchee, FL; and Donald Wayne McKimmy, Jr. (Kimerly Pierce), Bell, FL; brother, Alan (Linda) McKimmy, Bloomington, IL; three grandchildren:  John Michael Wayne Turcer; Bobbie Nicole Brady; and Misty Dawn Hand; three great-grandchildren:  Jema Rose Brady; John Michael Wayne Turcer, II; and Jasmine Turcer; and along with many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Larry Dean McKimmy, and one sister, Carol Sue McKimmy


Don was a truck driver, welder, and held various other jobs before he had a stroke and was forced to retire.  He enjoyed playing the bass and played in various bands in the area.  Don loved fishing, hunting, and the Cubs, but most of all he loved Jesus and his family.

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Phyllis Winter

Phyllis Joan Winter, 91, of Bloomington, passed away at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, September 2, 2021, at Bickford House Assisted Living. She was born on May 12, 1930 in Clinton, the daughter of Earl and Christina (Frantz) Rich.


She graduated from Waynesville High School and married Marvin H. Winter of Beason on October 22, 1949. She was proceeded in death by her husband, her sister, Donna Short and son, Terry Winter.


Phyllis is survived by her son Darwin Gene Winter, her son Steven (Deborah) Winter of Bloomington, four grandchildren Erin (Chad) Keefe of Normal, Christina (Steven) Rustemeyer of Bloomington, Timothy (Kelly) Winter of Bloomington and Scott (Ashley) Winter of Davenport, IA. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren William and Delaney Keefe, Andrew, Tyler and Allison Rustemeyer, Mackenzie and Josie Winter and August and Amelia Winter.  


Phyllis was a homemaker and attended the Beason United Methodist Church. She was active in the Rural Letter Carriers Association and enjoyed traveling to conventions all over the US with Marvin. She also enjoyed her grand children and going to the fair each summer. Phyllis loved country music and attending concerts including the Grand Ole Opry. She was very outgoing and didn’t know a stranger.


A private graveside service will be held at the cemetery in Waynesville. 


Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


Quiram Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Earl D. Tippitt

 Earl D. Tippitt, 92, of Clinton, IL passed away 7:19 PM August 31, 2021 at Manor Court Clinton, IL.


Graveside services be 11 AM, Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Rev. Michael Taylor officiating. There will be no visitation.  The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to The Earl Tippitt Memorial Fund c/o Beverly Nunnery.


Earl was born June 5, 1929 in Taylorville, IL the son of Dudley N. and Hazel Bell (Foster) Tippitt. He married Vivian M. Lucas October 20, 1950 in Kincaid, IL. She passed away March 2, 2020.


Survivors include his children: Allen (Kay) Tippitt, Flintstone, GA; Beverly (Mike) Nunnery, Clinton, IL and Mark (Sheryl) Tippitt, New Berlin, IL; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren, sisters:  Ana Michaels, Oreana, IL and Charlene Basil, Kincaid, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Donald Tippitt, Gerald Tippitt, and Ronald Tippitt and two sisters, Rita Coffey and Zelma Haley.


Earl was a member of the Clinton First Church of Nazarene.  He retired from Mueller Co. in Decatur, IL after 41 years of service which included several years as caretaker of the Mueller Lodge. He enjoyed spending time with his family and devoted his life to serving the Lord.

Pastor R. David Stogsdill

Pastor R. David Stogsdill, 75, of Oakley, IL, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 6, at Life Foursquare Church, Decatur, with visitation 4 to 7 p.m., Sunday, September 5, at the church.  Private family burial will be in Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, IL.
Memorials in David’s honor may be made to Life Foursquare Church.
David was born March 8, 1946 in Decatur, IL, the son of Robert and Doris (Williams) Stogsdill. He married Ellen McDonald on June 19, 1966 in Cerro Gordo. 
David was a member and Care Pastor at Life Foursquare, Decatur.  He previously was a Pastor for 45 years, in Bradley, IL, Melvin, IL, Newcastle, IN, was the founder of Open Hearts Foursquare in Monticello and loved studying God’s Word.  David loved construction and built their home and the Open Hearts Foursquare Church in Monticello.  He also enjoyed  computer programming and driving a bus for Argenta-Oreana schools after his retirement.
David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ellen of Oakley, IL; son Michael (Michelle) Stogsdill of Cerro Gordo; daughter Tammie (Brian) Ennis of Clinton; grandchildren Tiffany (Ryan) Cochran, Aaron (Heather) Ennis, Nathan (Molly) Ennis, Miranda (Jacob) Overton; step grandchildren Jackson, Samuel, Morgan; great grandchildren Finley Rose Cochran, Theodore Ennis, and one on the way, Elsie Ennis; sister Judie (Robert) Smith; nieces and nephews Brandon, Michelle, and Shawna; family in heart Scott (Michelle) Reece and their children Jessica, Jordan, Lauren, Joseph, Kate, Bella; and many others who he mentored.
He was preceded in death by his parents, great granddaughter Abigail.
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