Dewitt Obits Archives for 2022-01

Dan Alexander

Dan Alexander 72 of Kenney, IL passed away 2:56 PM January 28, 2022 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Max Aper officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Monday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to Kenney Fire Department or the Little Galilee Christian Assembly.

 

Daniel was born October 23, 1949 in Streator, IL the son of Herschel and Betty (Bowman) Alexander. He married Dona Rybolt February 18, 1967 in Kenney, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Dona Alexander, Kenney, IL, children, Bob (Fiancée Kelly Bolt) Alexander, Clinton, IL, and Kristie (Russell) Hickman, Clinton, IL, grandchildren, Colton Alexander, Clinton, IL; Collin (Fiancée Allie Gray) Alexander, Decatur, IL; and Faith (Jayden) Thomas, Lehi, UT; step grandchildren, Krista (Tallon Myers) Hickman, Clinton, IL; and Nolan (Peyton Welch) Hickman, Clinton, IL, great grandson, Finn Wall, siblings, Ron Alexander, Decatur, IL: Martha (Dave) Ward, Wapella, IL; Suzi (Lou) Rinkenberger, Clinton, IL; Jerry Alexander, Kenney, IL; and Kenny Alexander, Kenney, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Dan had worked for Revere Copper & Brass, Inc and later for Wallace Press in computer services and had helped his son, Bob, at Performance Transmissions. He was a car enthusiast who never met a stranger. Dan was a man of strong faith but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Charlotte Marie Jackson

 Charlotte Marie Jackson 80 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:07 PM January 18, 2022 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 2 PM, Thursday January 27, 2022 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Second Chance Pet Adoption, Clinton, IL, or Taylor Magill Restoration Project.

 

Marie was born November 24, 1941 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Ernest “Lefty” and Madeline (Chandler) Day. She married Larry D. Jackson June 19, 1958 in Clinton, IL. He passed away September 26, 2012.

 

Survivors include her sons, Jim Jackson and Jackie Ward, Clinton, IL; Gene Jackson, Clinton, IL, four grandchildren, Brittiany; Casie; Bryan; and Justin, five great-grandchildren, brothers, Don (Gloria) Day, Clinton, IL, and Steve (Carol) Day, Savanna, GA. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents Lefty and Madeline; the love of her life, Larry Jackson; sister, Mary Ann Armstrong; and granddaughter, Katie Ann Jackson.

 

Marie was the kitchen manager of the Taylor Magill Restaurant for over 20 years. During her time there, many of Clinton’s youth got to know the loving person Marie was. She later worked at Casey’s where she laughed about getting up to “Make the donuts”. For years, we have had people tell us they met our mom, and how much they loved her while working at Casey’s.

 

Marie never met a stranger. She loved to bake and cook.. When we were young, all the neighbor hood kids and friends came to mom’s house to eat. Many times, friends would just stop by to visit and grab a quick snack, which mom always said, “Help yourself to whatever you want”.

 

Marie enjoyed camping, fishing, and was a Chicago Cubs fan. Bust most of all she loved her family, which many know is a very large family. 

Mary Colleen (Terpening) Stephens

Mary Colleen (Terpening) Stephens, 93, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and a native and long-time resident of Clinton, Illinois, died at 6:06 AM on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Gardiner Home, Phoenix, Arizona.

 

She was born July 18,1928 in Clinton, a daughter of Charles E. and Nora (Barry) Terpening. She married Marion Lee Wagner on May 29, 1949. They were divorced August 29, 1980. She is survived by her three daughters: Shae (Dr. William) Dixon of Scottsdale, AZ; Terry Wagner of Wilmington, NC; and Paige Wagner of Lake Wales, FL. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Dr. Ashleigh Dixon of Scottsdale, AZ; Dr. Alexis Dixon of Marina del Rey, CA; Neal Dixon of Phoenix, AZ; David (Megan) Dixon of Portland, OR; Elijah Logue of Clinton, IL and Sage (Zach) Lash of DeWitt, IL; and 3 great-grandchildren.

 

Colleen married Elmer Eugene Stephens on August 29, 1981, in Clinton, IL. He died September 19, 2009. She was a member of First Christian Church in Clinton where she was active in choir, Sunday School, and Teachers’ Training.

 

A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 AM on June 4, 2022 in the FamilyLife Center at the First Christian Church in Clinton with Pastor Ernie Harvey officiating. Condolences may be sent to: The Family of Colleen Stephens, 27166 N 73rd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church in Clinton, Little Galilee Christian Camp, or Second Chance for Pets (PO BOX 243, Clinton, IL 61727).

Robert E. Mix

 Robert E. Mix, 61 of Kenney, IL passed away 8:36 AM January 14, 2022 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.

 

A celebration of life service will be at a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

Memorials may be directed to Robert Mix Memorial Fund c/o Sandy Mix.

 

Robert was born November 29, 1960 in Clinton, IL the son of Roger Mix and Ruthann Grothwohl. He married Sandy Morris February 15, 1987 in Hallsville, IL.

 

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Mix, Kenney, IL; children, Stefani (Tracy Almazar) Mix, Kenney, IL, Kristi (Edgar Velazquez) Mix, Kenney, IL; mother, Ruthann (Jim) Fry, Kenney, IL; father, Roger Mix, Clinton, IL; 3 grandchildren, Khloe, London, and Jaxson; siblings, Roger Lee Mix, Rhonda Campbell, and David Mix; along with nephews, R.C. (Becky) Campbell and Brett (Shannon) Mix.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ricky Mix, nephew, Bobby Mix, along with many close friends.

 

Robert was a long-time carpenter. He enjoyed fishing and having a margarita. He loved his family but especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Lloyd A. Woodbury

 Lloyd A. “Woody” Woodbury, Jr. 83 of Clinton, IL passed away 9:01 A.M. January 14, 2022 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.

 

Memorials may be directed to Lloyd Woodbury Memorial Fund.

 

Lloyd was born December 26, 1938 in Erving, MA the son of Lloyd A. and Monetta M. (Masterson) Woodbury. He married Nancy Jane Holden August 1, 1959 in Erving, MA.

 

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Jane Woodbury, Clinton, IL, children, Jim (Jeanna) Woodbury, Wapella, IL; Sharon (Jim) Mandrell, Clinton, IL; Becky (Roy) Morris, Clinton, IL; Missy (Rick) Price, Wapella, IL; Jeff (Loretta) Woodbury, Kenney, IL, very special granddaughter, Tiff (Andy) Dunham, Clinton, IL, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, siblings, Joyce Duguay, Sanborneville, NH; Judy Anderson, Wendel Depot, MA; and Richard (Karen) Woodbury, Raymond, ME.

 

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, 3 grandsons, and 2 sisters, May Anderson and Louise Golosh.

 

Lloyd was in the Carpenter’s Local #63 retiring in 2001 after 13 years of service. Prior to that he was a truck driver for Erving Motors, Erving, MA for 11 years and had worked for KKK Construction and Cinderella Developers. He loved woodworking but most of all spending time with his family. Lloyd’s words to live by were “Stay true to your word. Do good quality work.”

Donna Swearingen

Donna Swearingen 87 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:32 PM January 6, 2022 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

 

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

 

Donna was born June 14, 1934 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Julian and Beulah (Huntley) Peters.

 

Survivors include her children, Cyndi (Rick) Campbell, Jeanine (Scott) Rowbottom, Tammy (Walley) Corbert, William Huskey, Janet (LeeBob) Sloat, and Bobbie Swearingen and well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren and brother, Sonny (Karen) Peters, Metamora, IL. She also raised Aliyah Taylor, Stephon Taylor, Chase West, Ariel Clark, Erin West, and many other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

Donna retired from Maverick Steakhouse in Clinton, IL. She loved cooking and feeding everyone. If you knew her well, you had her ham salad, deviled eggs, and fudge.

 

Donna will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Debora Rodgers

Debora K. “Debbie” Rodgers, 65 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:20 AM January 13, 2022 at Farmer City Rehab, Farmer City, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM Monday, January 17, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with OSF Hospice Chaplain Joyce Rinkenberger officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 3 – 5 PM, Sunday, January 16, 2022 at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society or the Humane Society

 

Debora was born January 12, 1957 in Bloomington, IL the daughter of Merle and Mary Ruth (Early) Rodgers.

 

Survivors include her son, Nick (Elayne) Smith, Wausau, WI; brother, C. Gordon (Rita) Rodgers, Las Vegas, NV; sister, Patricia (Keith) Wienke, White Heath, IL; and longtime companion, Kevin Hany, Clinton, IL. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Vernon Rodgers.

 

Debbie worked at Ferrero, formerly of Beich’s Candy Factory, Bloomington, IL for over thirty years and in management positions prior to that. She loved car shows, fishing, gardening, and animals, especially her dog.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

James M. Obermeyer

 James M. Obermeyer 74 of Clinton, IL passed away 5:13 A.M. January 3, 2022 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Graveside services will be 10 AM May 7, 2022 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed Second Chance Pet Adoptions.

 

Jim was born February 5, 1947 in Clinton, IL the son of Edmund and Carol (Dufner) Obermeyer. He married former Linda Wolfe of Clinton, IL in 1968 and later married Wanda Churchill of LeRoy, MI. She passed away 2015.

 

Survivors include his two sons, Brett (Debbie) Obermeyer, Clinton, IL; Brant (Jamie) Obermeyer, Clinton, IL, grandchildren, Alexis Obermeyer, Knoxville, TN; Amber, Sam, Sean Obermeyer, Bloomington, IL; and Amber, Lily, Mia, and Eden Obermeyer, Clinton, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Obermeyer; sisters, Esto Belle Burger and Maxine Harris.

 

Jim was the owner of the Obermeyer Building at the corner of West Washington St. and North Grant St. that housed the Wash House and Milk House. He also owned and operated Obermeyer Transfer Company, being the third generation of movers.

Fontella Lou Haycraft

 Fontella Lou Haycraft, 95 of Heyworth, IL passed away 2:28 PM January 2, 2022 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

 

Services will be 10 AM, Friday, January 7, 2022 at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Heyworth, IL with Pastor Spencer McPheron and Pastor Richard Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Scogin Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Thursday, January 6, 2022 at the Full Gospel Tabernacle, Heyworth, IL.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to Full Gospel Tabernacle or Scogin Hill Cemetery Association.

 

Fontella was born August 23, 1926 in McLean County, IL the daughter of Darwin Ensinger and Lucille (Knight) Hinshaw. They passed away while she was very young.  She was reared by her maternal grandparents George W. and Ivy Smail Knight of the Bloomington area. Fontella married Marvin Wendell Haycraft September 8, 1945 in Bloomington, IL while he was home on furlough during World War II.   He passed away October 14, 2006.  Fontella and her husband were married 61 years. She is survived by her two sons, Rex (Chris) Haycraft, Waynesville, IL; and Jay (Jill) Haycraft, Wapella, IL.

 

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Rae (Chad) Weber, Fairbury, IL, Jaime (Corey) Holland, Wapella, IL, Crystal Haycraft, Normal, IL,  Jenny (Travis) Rudat, Wapella, IL, and Jeremy Haycraft, Heyworth, IL, and eight great-grandchildren, Jordyn and Ethan Weber; Mayci, Tessa, and Rhett Haycraft; Alex, Audrey, Aaron, and Asher Holland; and Ivy and Vallie Rudat; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Debra Jean and 1 brother, Lowell Hinshaw.

 

Fontella graduated from Bloomington High School in 1944.  She and her husband farmed for many years and operated the Wapella Auction House where she was known as “mom” to many people.  She loved researching genealogy and was proud of her heritage as many of her family were early settlers of McLean Co.  When young, she served as President of the Happy Hour Garden Club, The Blooming Grove Ladies Aid, and was active in the Wapella, IL Community Club.

 

Fontella was active in 4-H for many years.  She was one of the reigning Queens in her teenage years.  She was named the first Bloomington-Normal Home Show Queen when it was held at the Armory located on South Main Street in Bloomington in the 1950’s.  Her motto has always been “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  She tried to live accordingly.

 

Genealogy being one of her hobbies she loved researching family lives and has many of her family histories completed to her satisfaction.   Fontella was also a member of The Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century and served as Past President and numerous chairmanships.  She was also a member of The Colonial Dames of the 17th Century.

 

Fontella was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Heyworth, IL.  She loved her church work; working for the Lord was her priority.  She worked wherever she saw a need – ministering at nursing homes and with her music (which she wrote her own songs).  She taught Sunday school for a time and helped with church tours, and whatever her hand found to do, she would do it.  She prayed her family will continue working for God.  Her Savior Jesus Christ and her family were her priority. 

 

Fontella published a book of poems in 1980.  She loved writing poems and songs.  She always said she was just a “folksie” kind of writer.  Her poems were “little stories”.  This verse is in the back page of her book, “All things work together for good to them that love God”  Romans 8:28

 

Fontella loved the life the Lord gave her and appreciated the time she had here on earth, but is now living a far greater life – one without end.

Linda Voudrie

Linda Sue Voudrie, 77, of Decatur, IL, of Maroa, IL, passed away at 7:34 PM, December 30, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

 

Services will be 12 noon, Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL.  Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL.  Visitation will be 10 AM – 12 noon, Tuesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

 

Linda was born May 7, 1944 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Kenneth L. and Christibel (Harmon) Dash.  She married Ron Voudrie on July 9, 1967 in Clinton, IL.

 

Survivors include her husband, Ron Voudrie, Decatur, IL; son, Zach (Jennifer) Voudrie, St. Louis, MO; daughter, Heather (Thomas) Nodine, Champaign, IL; three grandchildren:  Sierra and Ryker Voudrie and Hannah Nodine; two step-grandchildren, Andi and Keen Nodine; and a whole slew of nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers:  Bob, Orville, and Tom Dash.

 

Linda was proud to be a Surgical Tech at Decatur Memorial Hospital for 15 years.  She loved Cardinal baseball, Pepsi, and going to the casinos.  Linda was a wonderful cook who loved spending time with her family. 

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

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