Dewitt Obits Archives for 2023-06

Dr. D.R. Gordon

Dr. Donald Ray “D.R.” Gordon, 75, of Springfield, IL formerly of Clinton, IL, passed away 11:00 AM, Sunday, June 25, 2023 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.


Services will be 10 AM, Thursday, June 29, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Meredith Manning Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 7 PM, Wednesday, June 28, 2023 with Masonic Services at 5 PM at the funeral home.


D.R. was born October 21, 1947 in Paris, IL the son of Dr. Wayne E. and Betty (Medsker) Gordon. He married Cathy Jill Silvers on June 14, 1969 in Clinton, IL. She survives.


He is also survived by his two children, Jill Elizabeth Gordon of Springfield and Brad Clayton Gordon and his wife, Mary, of Peoria, and his granddaughter, Brooke Sue Gordon. 


He was preceded in death by his parents.


D.R. attended Clinton Community High School and Eastern Illinois University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1971. He also received the President’s Award at graduation. To this day he holds the highest GPA of any graduate at ICO.


D.R. joined his father’s optometry practice in 1971 after graduation. He was also employed as the Optometric Coordinator for the state of Illinois for twenty-five years. He has been the past-president of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, past-president of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry, and past-chair of the Illinois Optometric Licensing and Disciplinary Board. He was honored to be the Illinois Optometrist of the Year in 1991 and the Alumnus of the Year at ICO in 1998. In 2019, the Illinois Optometric Association honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also an Eagle Scout, a longtime member of the Clinton Kiwanis club, and volunteered for the CHS football chain-gang for over twenty-five years. He was very proud to coach his son’s baseball team throughout Brad’s youth and served many years as president of Clinton Boys Khoury League. He was a member of the masonic Lodge DeWitt #84 and achieved the rank of 32nd degree.


Memorials may be directed to Clinton Youth Baseball or the Vision of Hope at Illinois College of Optometry.


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Theresa A. (Duvall) Allen

Theresa A. (Duvall) Allen, 80 of Clinton, IL, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at Liberty Village in Clinton, IL.


A Celebration of Theresa’s Life is planned for a later date. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.


Theresa was born October 20, 1942 in Clinton, IL the daughter of George and Nora (Conroy) Duvall.


Survivors include her four daughters:  Traci Allen, Clinton, IL; Tina Slagle, Oklahoma; Tami (Dean) Burch, Clinton, IL; and Trisha Allen, Clinton, IL; 10 grandkids and 10 great-grandkids also survive.


She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.


Theresa retired from Miller Container and then enjoyed her work at Liberty Village in Clinton.  She had unconditional love for her kids and grandkids.  Theresa was loved by all who met her.  Her sweet demeanor, sense of humor, and wonderful smile will be missed.  She loved spending time with her family and never turned away a visitor and had an open door.  Theresa was also an adamant Cubs and Illini fan.


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Vicky Lynn Buchanan

Vicky Lynn Buchanan 62 of Clinton, IL passed away 4:01 A.M. June 19, 2023 at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal, IL.


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


Vicky was born November 3, 1960 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Earl and Carol (Burris) Buchanan. She married Gary Scott October 21, 1989 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include her children, Jason (Joyel) North, Wapella, IL; Audrie North, Shorewood, IL; Andrea North, Clinton, IL; Stephanie Phillips, Clinton, IL; and Kendall (James) Brewer, Lane, IL, grandchildren, Haidyn North; Kylie North; Alyvia North; Kaylee Ford; Kenzy Ford; Konnar Bush; Hailey Johnson; Alyson Johnson; Savannah Phillips; Landen Phillips; Zeke Rose; Isaiah Rose; and Finley Brewer, 3 great grandchildren, siblings, David (Linda) Buchanan, Clinton, IL and Adele (Steve) Linchner, Clinton, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Steve, Buddy, and Jim Buchanan.


Vicky was a very loving mother and grandmother who always put her family first.


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Terry Heinz

Terry Heinz, a lifelong resident of Argenta, Illinois passed away at 10:53 PM on June 15, 2023, at the age of 81.

Terry was born June 11, 1942 in Bloomington, IL. He was the son of Howard Dean and Phyllis Lorraine (Dockum) Heinz. Terry married Connie L. Glan, the love of his life, in Elwin, IL on February 27, 1965.  After serving in the U.S. Army Reserve, Terry farmed for most of his life. He later worked for Van Horn Fertilizer after retiring from farming.  He was active in the Argenta community and served as a school board member and volunteer firefighter. Terry was a true craftsman and enjoyed woodworking, leatherwork, and metalwork, along with his other hobbies of hiking, sailing, kayaking and target shooting. He also enjoyed traveling with his family. As an avid outdoorsman he supported many conservation efforts.

Survivors include his wife, Connie L. Heinz, Argenta, IL; children, Laura (Greg) Bieller, Pekin, IL and Wade Heinz, Champaign, IL; grandchildren, Matthew and Jessica Bieller; and sister, Kathy White, Argenta, IL. Terry was preceded in death by his parents. 

Services will be at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL on Thursday, June 22, 2023 with visitation from 10:00-11:30, and memorial service at 11:30 with Bob Marsh officiating. Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL. 

As an expression of thanks to the Argenta-Oreana Fire Department and Rescue Squad, memorials may be given in his honor in lieu of flowers.

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John Warner, IV

John Warner, IV, 69, of Melvin Village, NH, also of Clinton, IL passed away at 1:44 PM, June 12, 2023 at Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

The visitation will be 4:00-8:00pm on Thursday June 29, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.  The funeral service will be at the Hallsville Christian Church, Hallsville, IL at 11:00am on Friday June 30, 2023 with Pastor Samuel Green officiating.  The burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  A Celebration of Life will be held in Melvin Village, NH at the Melvin Garage, 450 Governor Wentworth Highway, at 12:00pm on Tuesday July 11, 2023.

Memorials may be directed to The Vault Community Center, 5721 Country Meadow Lane, Clinton, IL 61727 or 

John was born January 22, 1954 in Clinton, IL, the son of John and Dorothy (DuQuoin) Warner, III.

Survivors include his sister, Kathryn (Warner) Miller, Meredith, NH and his “adopted” son and daughter Jonah Kolb and Maureen Collins-Kolb, Clinton, IL and his “adopted” grandchildren Pierce and Maude Kolb.  John is also survived by his nieces and nephews Jonah Hanowitz, Courtney Hanowitz, Hien Miller, Chien Miller, Jesse Miller, Kanika Miller, and Effie Miller and great niece and great nephew Lily Hanowitz and Henry John Hanowitz.  John is also survived by his beloved Airedale dog and companion, “Addie.”  John was preceded in death by his Parents.

John was a partner in Warner & Kolb Family Farms, LLC and had retired from Moore & Warner Ag Group, LLC, the farm management firm he founded in 2000 and where Jonah Kolb succeeded him as owner and president in 2019.

John grew up in Clinton, IL and briefly attended Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL before transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, which he loved.

John graduated from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH in 1976 and served with the New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH before returning to Clinton in 1977.  John began working at The John Warner Bank, founded by his great-great grandfather Dr. John Warner, in 1867.  Starting in the bookkeeping department, John worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming Chairman and CEO, serving in that capacity for nearly a decade.

John was appointed co-managing trustee with Elizabeth O’Herin of the C. H. Moore Trust Estate, an agricultural landholding trust established in 1901 at the death of his great-great grandfather Clifton H. Moore.  

John’s lifelong professional passion was professional farm management and after the family sold The John Warner Bank in 1997, John established Moore & Warner Farm Management.  John’s favorite saying was “good farm management is a service to both sides” meaning both the landowner and farmer.  John’s perspective was generational, and above all else, he managed as a steward of the land and as a steward of the people.

In his various civic and community engagements over the years, John served as a Trustee of Millikin University in Decatur, IL, was a member of the Agricultural Economics Advisory Council of the College of Agriculture at the University of Illinois, and served on the Board and as Executive Director of The Wright Museum of World War II in Wolfeboro, NH.  John was instrumental in establishing an Environmental Studies course at The Phillips Exeter Academy.

In 2015, John established The Warner Foundation whose mission is to support opportunities for youth that improve education, develop character, and foster a broad worldview.  But John is best known for his quiet, private philanthropy:  he believed in advancing education, and giving people a chance.

John was an aviation enthusiast, operating the federally registered grass strip airport Hooterville Airport outside Hallsville, IL and flying a restored 1944 Boeing-Stearman biplane for much of his adult life.  He was a history buff, a lover of literature, and had a passion and talent for antique cars.  For nearly 20 years he operated Melvin Garage in Melvin Village, NH which was part business, part hobby, and a gathering point for community and friends.

John’s wit, charm, laughter, storytelling, and bigness of character brought people together and built community:  he will be missed by a broad group of friends that stretches across the nation.  John, you were loved.

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Forrest Kissack, Jr.

Forrest Kissack, Jr., 90, of Weldon, Illinois passed away 9:06 A.M. June 16, 2023 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at the Lane Christian Church with Jim Kilson officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. Visitation will be 9:30 – 11 AM, Wednesday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements. 

Memorials may be directed to Lane Christian Church.

Forrest was born May 14, 1933 in Crescent City Twp., Iroquois County, IL the son of Forrest E. and Christena (Hasbargen) Kissack, Sr. He married Doris Mae Maiden July 14, 1956 in Sheldon, IL. She passed away July 25, 2004.

Survivors include his sons, Rick (Tresa) Kissack, Clinton, IL; Chris Kissack, Weldon, IL; daughter, Valerie (Asten) Rathbun, Addison, IL; one grandchild, Nolan Rathbun; and siblings, Pat (Rudy) Ahrends, Watseka, IL; Ron (Joan) Kissack, Watseka, IL; Gail Yates, Watseka, IL; Pam Chase, Sheldon, IL; Debbie Swigert, Watseka, IL; Scott (Stacy) Kissack, Watseka, IL; and Jerry (Linda) Kissack, Chebanse, IL.

Forrest was preceded in death by his parents.

Forrest was a member of the Lane Christian Church.  He worked at Revere Copper and Brass, Clinton, IL, General Cable, Monticello, IL, and VioBin, Monticello, IL.  He enjoyed metal detecting, coin collecting, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, and watching Westerns.

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Shriley Ann Pope

Shirley Ann Pope, 83, of Maroa, passed away 2:19 PM June 14, 2023 at Integrated Palliative and Hospice, Libertyville, IL.

Services will be 11 AM, Saturday, June 17, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, IL. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home. 

Memorials may be directed to the Shirley Ann Pope Memorial Fund.

Shirley was born October 23, 1939 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Edison and Alta May (Fugate) Wilson. She married David Junior Pope on June 28, 1958 in Maroa, IL. He passed away August 8, 2022. 

Survivors include her children, Mike (Lindsay) Pope, Gurnee IL, and Deb (Meghan) Pope, Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren:  Allison, Charlotte, Henry, Payton, and Lincoln; and stepbrother, Fred Wikowsky, Hendersonville, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Ernest Wikowsky, brother, Gene Wilson, stepbrother, Dean Wikowsky, stepsisters, Virginia Wiseman, Betty Kiel, and Ruth Greeson. 

Shirley drove a bus for the Maroa-Forsyth School District for 30 years. She was Maroa-Forsyth’s #1 Fan. 

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Betty Joann Ruble

Betty Joann Ruble 83 of Clinton, IL passed away 11:46 PM June 11, 2023 at the Warner Hospital and Health Services, Clinton, IL.


Graveside services will be 2 PM Friday, June 16, 2023 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to American Lung Association.


Betty was born August 16, 1939 in Waynesville, IL the daughter of Joseph Darreld and Dorothy (Sympson) McKinzey. She married George Edwin Ruble August 16, 1962 in Mt. Zion, IL. He passed away April 27, 1977.


Survivors include her children, Jeannette Ruble, Altus, OK; Bonnie Ruble, Altus, OK; Barbara Ruble, Altus, OK, one granddaughter, 3 great grandchildren, siblings, Bev (John) Reid, Clinton, IL; Marjorie (Richard) Hunt, Clinton, IL; Darrell (Charlene) McKinzey, Clinton, IL; and Lois (Mike) Bray, Clinton, IL.


Betty was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Wayne McKinzey.


Betty enjoyed cooking, puzzles, and reading. She will be greatly missed by her siblings.


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Beverly Ann Hartsock

Beverly Ann Hartsock, 83, of Clinton, IL passed away 10:50 PM June 12, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 AM Monday, June 19, 2023 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Fr. Thomas Szydlik, Celebrant. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the church. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Outreach or the DeWitt County Genealogical Society.


Beverly was born June 25, 1939 in Kenney, IL the daughter of John Henry and Reva Doris (Henderson) Brelsfoard. She married Howard M. Hartsock May 30, 1959 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include her husband, Howard M. Hartsock, Clinton, IL, children, Christina “Tina” Hartsock, Kenney, IL; Christopher Hartsock, Clinton, IL; Timothy “Tim” Hartsock, IN; Andrew (Debra) Hartsock, Apple Valley, MN, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.


Beverly was preceded in death by her Parents, 1 sister, Karen Barnett and 1 nephew, Dale A. Barnett.


Beverly was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL.  She was a member of the DeWitt County Genealogical Society, and she Square Danced for many years.  Most of all, Beverly loved spending time with her family. 


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Sharyn Blair

MT. PULASKI, IL.  - Sharyn A.  Blair, 78, of Clinton (formerly of Mt. Pulaski) passed away on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, at Vonderlieth Living Center in Mt. Pulaski. 


Sharyn was born on April 22, 1945, in Bloomington, IL., the daughter of James F. and Elaine M. (Murphy) Kent. She was first married to William F. Reeder. She later married Edward Blair on February 25, 1984, in Mt. Pulaski. He preceded her in death on March 29, 2012.  


Sharyn is survived by her 6 children:  William Kent Reeder of Alto Pass, IL., Libby (Doug) Cross of Clinton, IL., Mark (Cindy) Blair of Springfield, Kathy (Rick) Davis of Mt. Pulaski, IL., Karen (Glen) Griesheim of Colorado, and Karla (Greg) Griesheim of Elkhart, IL., 13 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her 2 brothers: James (Susan) Kent of Rochester, IL., and Jay (Peggy) Kent of Illiopolis, IL. 


Sharyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her son: Aaron Reeder. 


A Celebration of Life for all family and friends will be held from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Friday, June 16th at the Mt. Pulaski American Legion Post 447. A private family graveside will also be held at Riverside Cemetery in Illiopolis at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Dewitt County Animal Shelter or Vonderlieth Living Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mt. Pulaski.   

Marly "Dean" Wikowsky

Marlyn “Dean” Wikowsky age 87.  Born February 28th, 1936 in Cisco, Illinois.
Died June 3rd, 2023 in Richmond Virginia from Parkinsons Disease.  Dean was preceded in death by his parents Ernest F. Wikowsky and Ethel Fern Monroe, his stepmother Alta Wikowsky as well as his siblings Ruth Greeson, Virginia Wiseman, Betty Kiel, Shirley Pope, and Gene Wilson. Dean is survived by his Brother Ernest Fred Wikowsky Jr, his wife June Kurz Wikowsky, his children Jennifer Mangum (Paul), Peter Wikowsky (Rachel), Paul Wikowsky, Beth Lee (Byung Hun), Daniel Wikowsky (Jacque), and 10 grandchildren.  Dean graduated from Maroa High school in 1954 and entered the US Army in the fall of 1954.  Dean served 3 years in the Army as a clerk but was a member of the US Army Band playing trombone and singing Tenor.  Following his Army service Dean attended a 2-year business school in Texas, then moved to Chicago, Illinois employed by F.W. Woolworth.  Dean would spend his career in the retail industry rising from assistant to manager, then with the Ben Franklin company as a district and regional manager.  He married June in 1964 and lived in Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts, Indiana, Iowa, again in Illinois, N. Carolina, back to Illinois, and finally Virginia where he retired in Richmond, Virginia after managing several Total craft stores there.  Raising 5 children, Dean was a faithful church attendee and often times volunteer choir director.  Dean was a true servant to the churches he attended with many volunteer roles.  At his home church in North Run Baptist of Henrico, Va, Dean fed the church family weekly with Wednesday night dinners, led a Widows ministry group, taught Sunday school, served in the prison ministry, facilitated bible study groups, and remained active in mens groups, retreats, mission trips, and choir.  Dean found his “opportunities” to help and serve those he came in contact with.  We will miss his presence, his humor, his voice, his caring for others, and his sharing the “opportunities” with us.

Graveside services will be 11 AM Friday, June 16th, 2023 at the Weldon Cemetery, with Pastor Jonathan Roberson officiating and military honors following. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, Illinois with arrangements.


Also, a memorial service is planned at North Run Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia 10 AM Saturday, July 8th, 2023.


Memorials in Dean’s honor may be directed the North Run Baptist Church or the Parkinson’s Foundation


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Brandon J. Weakman

Waynesville -- Brandon J. Weakman, 29, of Waynesville, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2023, in rural Atlanta.

Visitation for Brandon will be Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home in Atlanta.

Funeral Services will be private. Cremation Rites have been accorded.

Burial will be at a later date at the McLean Cemetery.

Brandon Jacob Weakman was born on June 14, 1993, in Bloomington, the son of  James Walter Weakman and Heather Von Rogers. 

He is survived by his parents, one sister: Belle, and one brother: Benjamin; his maternal grandmother: Candice Jan Rogers, paternal grandmother: Doretta Doss, paternal and grandfather: Kenneth (Joyce) Weakman, Jr.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers Ronnie Dale Rogers and Roy Doss.

Brandon graduated from Olympia Community High School in 2012. He has been employed by USF Holland Trucking since he graduated high school.

His hobbies included riding dirt bikes, RC race cars, and just being outside in nature.

Memorials may be made to his family in the care of James Weakman.

Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Robert D. "Bob" "Farmer" Daggett

On June 6, 2023, Robert Duane Daggett (“Farmer”), 69, of Maroa, passed away peacefully with his family by his bedside. His family is deeply saddened by his sudden death.


Robert, the eldest of four children, was born December 1, 1953 in Gibson City, Illinois to Robert O. Daggett and Jocie (Killian) Daggett. After graduating from Maroa-Forsyth High School in 1971, he attended Illinois State University where he earned his nickname “Farmer” and met his college sweetheart, Diane (Edgecombe) Daggett, also known as “Little E” at

the time. He majored in agriculture and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.


Robert and Diane graduated from ISU in 1975. The following year they married on June 26, 1976 in Decatur, Illinois, and they resided in the countryside of Maroa. Eventually, they had two daughters, Lindsey and Elizabeth, and moved to the Daggett family farmstead, which is now lovingly known as “the compound.”


Robert was strong willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and clever sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and stoic. He had a smirk of a smile when delivering his “dad jokes” and was full of knowledge gained through all of his life experiences. He was a jack of all trades and was determined to find a solution to any problem.


In his early years, Robert farmed with his father, who was his best friend. After farming for many years, he went to work for Farm Business Farm Management as a farm accountant for 21 years.


Robert had a love for agriculture, including 4-H, FFA, Oliver tractors, and showing livestock. He committed many years of service to the Macon County 4-H Foundation as treasurer. Over the years, he made numerous friends through his involvement with livestock. He logged thousands of miles on his trucks and livestock trailers driving his girls to show their

pigs and cattle at county fairs and livestock shows. On these trips, he thought it was hilarious to freeze his wife and girls out of the truck with his bitterly cold AC temps. Robert’s daily uniform consisted of a button down Cinch shirt, starched jeans that could stand on their own, and a pair of Twisted X.


Robert found tremendous joy in watching his grandchildren play sports, show livestock, and swim in the pool. He meticulously cared for the family swimming pool and made sure it was just right for the grands to take a dip. His legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren who were his greatest accomplishments.


Family Who Went Before


Robert was predeceased by his mother Jocie (Killian) Daggett and his father Robert O. Daggett.


Family He Left Behind


He is survived by wife, Diane (Edgecombe) Daggett and daughters, Lindsey Wise (Curtis) and Elizabeth Goldman (Matt). He has also left behind grandchildren Cooper Wise, Levi Wise, John Wyatt Wise, Aubrey Goldman, Lincoln Goldman, and Josephine Goldman. All of whom reside on “the compound” in Maroa, Illinois.


As mentioned, Robert is the eldest of four children. He leaves behind all three siblings, their spouses, eight nieces and nephews, and twenty-one great nieces and nephews. His siblings include brother, Stewart Daggett (Marjie) of Keller, Texas; sister, Marcia Millman (Dan) of Clinton, Illinois; and sister, Virginia Wilder (Todd) of Sheridan, Wyoming.


Visitation will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, Illinois. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at the Maroa United Methodist Church in Maroa, Illinois with Rev. Mary Alice Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow at Maroa Cemetery, Maroa, Illinois.


Memorials may be directed to the Robert D. Daggett Memorial Fund.


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Kevin L. Brandon

Kevin L. Brandon, 59 of Decatur, IL passed away 4:54 PM June 2, 2023 at his home in Decatur, IL.

A Celebration of Kevin’s Life will be 1 - 4 PM Saturday, July 29, 2023 at the Cerro Gordo Legion Hall, Cerro Gordo, IL. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

Kevin was born September 8, 1963 in Clinton, IL the son of William Burns and Carolyn Johnson. 

Survivors include his mother, Carolyn Bowser, Decatur, IL, and brother, William “Billy” (Terri) Burns, Decatur, IL, along with numerous friends. 

He preceded in death by his father, and sister.

Kevin was 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and a long-time employee of ADM. He loved spending time on the water in his boat but most of all he loved his family and friends. He enjoyed spending time with them and was always there when anyone needed.

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James L. "Jim" Hammer

James L. “Jim” Hammer, 87, of Farmer City, Illinois, passed away at 8:00 P.M. Friday, June 2, 2023, at home.

His funeral will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Farmer City, Illinois, with Curtis Glawe and Pastor Darrell Howard officiating. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery, Rural Farmer City, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Farmer City Fire Protection District, Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jim was born on February 24, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a son of Jess Willard and Zeo Margaret Shreve Hammer. He married Mary K. Seifert on September 14, 1956, at the Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Rural Farmer City, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Mary K. Hammer of Farmer City; son, James Michael (Janine) Hammer of Farmer City; daughter, Jill Ann (Stephen) Moak of Farmer City; four grandchildren, Logan Michael (Jamie Marie) Hammer, Cole Jeffrey (Laura June) Hammer, Jordan Michelle (Wes) Propst, and Madison Moak; six great-grandchildren, Evan Michael Hammer and Alex Marie Hammer; Charlotte, Reese and Nora Propst; and Riley Sheppard; sister, Bonnie (Craig) Wright of Farmer City; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Lynn Hammer, parents, brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Kathryn Hammer.

Jim was a 1954, graduate of Moore High School, Farmer City, Illinois. He was a machinist at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois, from 1955 to 1962. He moved to Farmer City in 1962, and started Hammer Heating and retired in 2000.

Jim was a member of the Fullerton-Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Farmer City volunteer fireman for forty years and was a trustee for the Farmer City Fire Department for fourteen years; member of the Woodlawn Country Club since 1964, and was a trustee for the Woodlawn Country Club for fourteen years; former member of the Farmer City Jaycee’s. He served as an Alderman from Ward I for the City of Farmer City.


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