Dewitt Obits Archives for 2023-11

Doris E. Reinhart

Waynesville – Doris E. Reinhart, 90, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 3:24 a.m. at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Doris had resided at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy for many years. With her positive attitude, Doris fought for many years through heart, kidney, and diabetes struggles.

Services for Doris will be held in Waynesville at the Waynesville United Methodist Church. Visitation on Friday, December 1, 2023, will be from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, December 2, 2023, at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Becky Barrow will conduct Funeral Services. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Waynesville.

Doris was born on the family farm near Beason, on May 5, 1933, the daughter of Thomas E. and Nellie Donson Kindred, the third youngest of seven children. Doris was married to Derald L. Reinhart for 59 years. He preceded Doris in death in 2012.

Surviving Doris are her children: Connie (Jeff) Starkey of Beardstown, Roger (Nancy) Reinhart of Waynesville, and Brad (Jeanmarie) Reinhart of Nisland, SD; seven grandchildren: Lanie (Neal) Coulter, Nathan (Nichole) Reinhart, Matt (Kristy) Reinhart, Katie (Mark) Hobrock, Nicholas (Audra) Reinhart, Tyler (Missy) Starkey, and Clay (Taylor) Starkey; great-grandchildren: Lakin, Gage, Ellie, Wyatt, Emilie, A.J., Jessica, Zeb, Charlotte, Ethan, Eliza, Everett, Reid, Olivia, Lyle, and Nellie. Doris is also survived by her sister, Joann Lee of Lincoln; in-laws: Beverly Shull of Morton, Larry (Ruth) Reinhart of Normal, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to Derald, Doris was preceded in death by one grandson and six siblings.

As a child, Doris walked to Mt. Zion Country School, then attended Beason Grade and High School. She deeply treasured her schoolmates and fellow alumni. Following her marriage to Derald, they worked side by side milking Holstein cattle, and raising hogs, sheep, and Hereford cattle. They were also grain farmers in Logan and DeWitt counties. Family members have fond memories walking beans every year with her, helping to make her famous homemade noodles, and freezing homegrown sweet corn. In addition to farming, Doris was a rural mail carrier for many, many years.

She was a member of the Waynesville United Methodist Church and active in Waynesville Women’s Club. Doris enjoyed the many years spent making thousands of gingerbread cookies and icing to sell, earning money for a playground, and making other contributions to the Waynesville community.

Doris loved life. Her smile was infectious and bigger than life! She was tough as nails, worked hard, never complained, loved to dance, sought after fun, looked for the good in every situation, saw the best in most, loved her family HARD, cherished her friends, and was as loyal as they come. She encouraged everyone to go after their dreams: business, education, life. We can only hope that those around us love us the way that she loved others.

Memorials may be made to Waynesville Women’s Club, Waynesville United Methodist Church, or Waynesville Fire and Rescue Squad.

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

Lawrence Patrick Toohill

Lawrence Patrick Toohill 89 of Heyworth, IL passed away peacefully at 7:01 PM November 21, 2023 at his family residence, Heyworth, IL.


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Friday, December 1, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, IL with Fr. Derick Mwesiga, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 5-8 PM, Thursday, November 30, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, IL with a Rosary Service at 4:30 PM. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the DeWitt Co. Farm Bureau Foundation or St. Patrick’s Outreach Program.


Lawrence was born January 31, 1934 in DeWitt Co., IL the son of Lawrence James and Mary Louise (O’Rourke) Toohill. He married Bernadine North August 9, 1958 in Wapella, IL. She passed away March 31, 2019.


Survivors include his children, Cheryl (Robert) MacKichan, Champaign, IL; Clara (Mark) Gresham, Heyworth, IL; Mary (Gene) Whitted, Wapella, IL; Rose (Dave) Szymkiewicz, Bloomington, IL; Paula (Jim) Kreie, Champaign, IL; Raymond (Martina) Toohill, Wapella, IL; Rebecca (Nick) Buraglio, Savoy, IL; 16 grandchildren, Cameron (Hanna) MacKichan; Ian (Tess) MacKichan; Lauren MacKichan; Tyler (Christa) Haynes; Bryce (Emily) Haynes; Neil (Breanna) Whitted; Ross (fiancé, Cassie Runge) Whitted; Cole (fiancé, Tori Bavaro) Szymkiewicz, Dmitri and Victor Szymkiewicz; Jordan (Megan) Kreie; Mary Allison (Griffin) Meeker; Haley and Ashley Toohill; Luke and Zach Buraglio; nine great grandchildren, Averie, Hadley, Blakely, and Macie Haynes; Kaylee, Michael, and Wyatt Whitted; Brylee Toohill-Summers; and Ella MacKichan; and one on the way;  seven siblings, Martin “Pete” (Sally) Toohill, Clinton, IL; Michael (Kathryn) Toohill, Quail Valley, CA; Mary Ann Hirsch, Rockford, IL; Ellen (Paul) Schweri, Chicago, IL; Julia (Sid) Johnston, Acton, MA; Winifred (Tom) Adler, Lafayette, IN; and Rich (Nancy) Toohill, Davenport, IA; sisters-in-law; Kay Toohill, Wauwatosa, WI; Cleo Toohill, Peoria, IL; Donna North, Clinton, IL; Rose (Charlie) Wilson, Clinton, IL; and Marilyn North, Clinton, IL;  and brother-in-law, Bernard (Pat) North, Clinton, IL.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers:  David Toohill, Robert Toohill, and Donald Toohill; sisters, Catherine (Tom) Dennis; sister-in-law, Cathy Toohill; and brother-in-law, Frank Hirsch.


Lawrence was a selfless man of faith who loved his family and farming.  He farmed in DeWitt County all of his life.  Lawrence was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, IL and a US Army Veteran.

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Lubertus A. "Bob" Van Apeldoorn

Bob Van Apeldoorn, a long-time resident of Clinton, Illinois, passed away at the age of 79 on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. Bob was born October 7, 1944, in Den Dolder, Netherlands to Hendrik and Anthonia Van Apeldoorn. Bob proudly served in the Royal Dutch Air Force, prior to migrating to the U.S.


Upon arrival in the U.S., Bob started working for a natural gas conversion company that traveled across the states, until he made residency in Clinton, IL.


Using his unique mechanical skills, he was later hired by the Clinton Power Plant in the 1970's to help with construction.


Being a car-aficionado and hard worker, Bob worked for Shell Downs Motors, then opened his own business, Bob’s Import Sales and Service, where he specialized in foreign cars for many years and enjoyed collecting many of his own.


Bob was the proud father of Gina (Jason) Defebaugh, Jessie (Kat) Van Apeldoorn, and Erik (Tracy) Van Apeldoorn. He was Grandpa to Taelor, Morgan, Rylee, Brently, and Great Grandpa to Hazel. Bob had one younger brother, the late Dirk Van Apeldoorn. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Gea Van Apeldoorn, a nephew, Ray Van Apeldoorn, and a cousin, Carla Van Apeldoorn, all still of the Netherlands.


Bob loved to travel and went to his share of auto races and Mississippi golf courses. Bob was a past Exalted Ruler of the Clinton Elks Club 785 and enjoyed spending time with friends there, and at the Clinton Eagles Club.


Bob left his mark in life and will be missed by all who knew him.


Memorials may be made to: The Dewitt County EMS, The Kenney Fire Department, or The PC Project (Pachyonychia Congenita).


A celebration of life will be held 2 PM- 6 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at the Clinton Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge located at 220 N. Center St. Clinton, IL. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

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Donna F. Enos

Donna F. Enos 92 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:15 PM November 17, 2023 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Graveside services will be 11 AM Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, IL. The family has entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to DeWitt County 4-H Fairboard Assoc, 6646 Third Street, Clinton, IL 61727.

Donna was born May 18, 1931 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Oscar Mearl and Velma Faye (Weikle) Weikel. She married Frederick Enos on November 22, 1951 in Clinton, IL. He passed away December 6, 2021.

Survivors include her children, Vickie (Joe) Austin, Clinton, IL; Daniel (Jackie) Enos, Clinton, IL, granddaughter, Danielle (Brant) Hendricks, St. Joseph, IL, great-grandchildren, Logan Ridgeway, Levi Ridgeway and Riley Rice; sisters-in-law, Shirley Weikel, Clinton, IL and Laura Fluty, Bloomington, IL. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Emma Weikel, Dorothy Mayall, Audrey Ondecko, Lois Weikel, and two brothers, Dale Weikel, James Weikel, and grandson, Cletus Ridgeway.

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Dorothy "Joan" Taylor

Dorothy “Joan” Taylor, 87, of Weldon, IL passed away 1:32 PM November 14, 2023 at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur, IL.


Private family graveside services will be Monday, November 20, 2023 at Weldon Cemetery, Weldon, IL with Pastor Jeremy Sawyer officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Friday, November 17, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL.


Memorials may be directed to the Dorothy Joan Taylor Memorial Fund.


Joan was born January 16, 1936 in Macon, IL the daughter of Edd and Esther (Davis) Cunningham.  She married Elmer “Squeak” Taylor, Jr. March 3, 1956 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away September 19, 2015.


Survivors include her son, Steven D. (Sheila) Taylor, Winslow, AR; three grandchildren:  Rachel (Patrick) Costello, Clinton, IL; Joshua (Hannah) Taylor, Winslow, AR; and Ashley (Dillon) Barnard, Clinton, IL; seven great-grandchildren:  Mason Costello, Liliana Barnard, Lizzie Barnard, Lorelai Barnard, Lunaria Barnard, Sophie Linker, and Louis Linker, and one on the way, Tobias Taylor; and two sisters, Paulette Harper, Decatur, IL and Dolly (Butch) Zerfowski, Macon, IL also survive.


She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Becki Farris; three brothers, and three sisters.


Joan was a member of the Clinton Assembly of God Church.  She was a beautician for over 20 years and worked at Eureka for 10 years.  Joan enjoyed taking care of her lawn and flowers.  She had many friends at the Friendship Center.  Joan especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.


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Rebecca J. Thoms

Rebecca J. Thoms, 76, of Clinton, IL passed away 3:25 PM, November 14, 2023 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.


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


Memorials may be directed to Second Chance for Pets.


Rebecca was born May 25,1947 in Clinton, IL the daughter of William Frank and Dorothy (Lambert) Black.


Survivors include her daughter Patricia “P.J.” (William “Bill”) Stacey, Illiopolis, IL; foster son Roger Griffieth, Clinton, IL; grandchildren Megan Massey and Miranda Massey; great grandchildren Carter Harris and Cohen Massey; and sister Linda Chockley, Lincoln, IL.


She was preceded in death by her parents, three children, Jesse William, Anthony “Tony” Ray, and Aretta Marie Thoms; two siblings, William “Frankie” Black and J.R. Black.


After over thirty years Rebecca retired from Revere Copper & Brass Inc. She loved animals and collecting angels.


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Jeffrey Martin Toohill

Jeffrey Martin Toohill 53 of Clinton, IL passed away 10:50 PM November 10, 2023 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

Mass Of Christian Burial will be 10 AM Friday, November17, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Wapella, IL with Fr. Thomas Szydlik Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be from 5 – 8 PM Thursday, November 16, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL. 

Memorials may be directed to Wapella Fire Department or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

Jeff was born July 30, 1970 in Clinton, IL the son of Martin “Pete” and Sally (Leonard) Toohill. He married Kimberlee J. Torbert July 8, 1995 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include his wife, Kim Toohill, Clinton, IL, son, Parker J. Toohill, Chicago, IL, parents, Martin “Pete” and Sally Toohill, Clinton, IL, siblings, Randy (Cathy) Toohill, Wapella, IL; Jackie (Jamie) Deffenbaugh, Normal, IL; Greg (Jennifer) Toohill, Leroy, IL, mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Torbert, Clinton, IL, sister-in-law, Tara (Paul) Wanserski, Monticello, IL, nieces & nephews, Anna (Ryan) Rowley; Kevin Toohill; Max, Peter, and Luke Deffenbaugh; Thomas and Caroline Toohill; and Natalee Wanserski.

Jeff was preceded in death by his son, Spencer Jeffrey Toohill on March 22, 2018 and father-in-law, Jerry L. Torbert on December 4, 2001. 

Jeff worked in agriculture his entire life, the last seven years as manager of Randolph Ag Service in Randolph, IL. He could fix or repair anything and enjoyed family vacations on Fort Myers Beach. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and the farming community.  

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Gregory Edwin Hougham

Gregory Edwin Hougham, 67, of Heyworth, IL passed away 7:26 PM November 8, 2023 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, November 13, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Josh Gorrie officiating. Burial will follow at Long Point Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM, Monday at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Alcoholics Anonymous – Illinois District 11.


Gregory was born August 31, 1956 in Bloomington, IL the son of A.L. “Augie” and Burnetta (Bundy) Hougham. He married Trudy Long on December 30, 1988 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Trudy Hougham, Heyworth, IL; mother, Burnetta Hougham, Heyworth, IL; siblings, Alden Lee (Donna) Hougham, II, Heyworth, IL, and Stacie (Don) Raffety, Rock Hill, S.C.


He was preceded in death by his father.


Gregory was a member of the Wapella Christian Church.  He was a chemical dependency counselor in Bloomington, IL for over 20 years.  Gregory loved to ride his Harley Davidson and tell old stories.  He had recently celebrated receiving his 40 year pin from Alcoholics Anonymous.  Gregory loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog, Max.


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Donald D. Bray

Donald D. Bray 76 of Decatur, IL passed away 10:10 A.M. November 7, 2023 in rural Maroa, IL. 

Services will be 1 PM Friday, November 10, 2023 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Scott Bons officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with military honors. Visitation will be 11 AM until 1 PM Friday at the funeral home. The family requests casual attire be worn. 

Memorials may be directed to the VFW Post #99 of Decatur, IL.

Donald was born May 16, 1947 in Nancy, KY the son of John and Alma (Burton) Bray. He married Jacqueline M. Mitchell January 13, 1968 in Clinton, IL. She passed away July 7, 1995. He later married Brenda K. (Krall) Klukis February 23, 1996 in Decatur, IL. 

Survivors include his wife, Brenda K. Bray, Decatur, IL, children, John D. (Gail) Bray, Cerro Gordo, IL; James M. (Rhonda) Bray, Warrensburg, IL; stepdaughter, Stephanie D. Klukis, Oreana, IL, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, siblings, Sue (Mark) Smith, Eau Claire, WI; and Bruce (Sarah) Bray, Tampa, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. 

Donald was a US Army Veteran serving during Vietnam. He retired from Caterpillar after 38 ½ years. He enjoyed yardwork and was an avid motorcyclist. Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially spoiling his grandchildren. 

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Russel A. VanOrman

Russel A. VanOrman, 92, of Clinton, IL, passed away 12:50 PM, November 6, 2023 at the Arc at Normal, Normal, IL.


Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held 3:15 PM, Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorial may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Russel was born April 12, 1931 in Chicago, IL the son of Harry O. and Margaret I. (Moran) VanOrman. He married Eileen Followell on August 14, 1954 in Clinton, IL.


Survivors include his wife, Eileen VanOrman, Clinton, IL; children: Vickie Reynolds, Bloomington, IL; Jeff (Jan) VanOrman, Union Grove, AL; Valorie (Eric) Rempe, Clinton, IL; six grandchildren:  Ryan Reynolds, Seth Reynolds, Brian Rempe, Alex Rempe, Andrew Rempe, and Kathleen VanOrman; seven great-grandchildren:  Scarlett Rempe, Graham Rempe, Otto Rempe, Hayden Rempe, Gage Reynolds, Grady White, and Taylor Hennessy; five great-great-grandchildren also survive.   


He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Rovenia M. Moles.


Russel served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years one of which in Korea obtaining the rank of Sergeant.  He worked at Illinois Central Gulf for 10 years before retiring from Firestone in Decatur, IL after 30 years of service.  Russel loved Blue Grass music, camping, and giving candy to his friends and family.  Russel volunteered at the Clinton Christian Academy and was known as the “snackman” to the students.

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Harold Chrispen

Harold Chrispen passed away peacefully at 87 ½ years old in the Carle
BroMenn Hospital in Normal, Illinois. Harold was born March 8, 1936, to
Manitia and George Richard Chrispen at their home in Birkbeck, Illinois.

Harold graduated from Wapella High School. In his youth Harold enjoyed
playing baseball, basketball and softball, and he was a very good
athlete. The St. Louis Cardinals were his favorite baseball team and he
watched them all the time. The Fighting Illini were his favorite college


Harold married Mary Jo Williamson on June 27, 1958, in Kenney, Illinois.
Together they had four children, Cathi, Mike, Juli and Terry.  During
these early years, Mary Jo was able to persuade Harold to bowl with her
for a couple of years.


Harold worked at Wallace Press in Clinton, Illinois, while he also
farmed many different lands in the area. Harold taught his son Mike how
to drive a tractor at 8 years old to help him with the planting. On the
farm they also had chickens, sheep, hogs, and beef cattle.


In 1985, Harold and Mary Jo purchased a farm in rural Heyworth after
their house in Farmer City burned down. During the transition, they
briefly lived with their daughter Cathi (Chad) Pond in Clinton.


Harold was proceeded in death by his parents Manitia and George Richard
Chrispen, siblings Charolet, Charles, and Herman, wife Mary Jo, and
granddaughter Celeste Pond.


Harold is survived by his four children Cathi (Chad) Pond, Mike (Laura)
Chrispen, Juli Chrispen, and Terry Chrispen, six grandchildren Craig
(Amber) Pond, Corey Pond, Andrew (Ariel) Chrispen, Kara (Austin) Kimler,
Patty Jo Thompson, and Kaitlyn Thompson, and one great grandson Rory


Harold will be cremated, and a private burial will be held at a later

Linda J. Miller

Linda J. Miller, 73 of Maroa, IL passed away 1:07 AM November 5, 2023 at her family home in Maroa, IL.

Services will be 11 AM Thursday, November 9, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Maroa, 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 Alzheimer’s Association or the Children International.

Linda was born September 10, 1950 in Clinton, IL the daughter of John and Ina May (Wattles) Fugate. She married Darrell Miller April 17, 1981 in Lane, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Miller, Maroa, IL, daughter, Michelle (Kevin) Leggons, Springfield, MO, sister, Brenda (Howard) Osborn, Maroa, IL; four grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, William Keith Miller.

Linda, along with her sister, operated the M&M Café in Maroa, IL where their mother was known for making their wonderful pies.

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Barbara Ann Reynolds

Barbara Ann Reynolds, 88, of Clinton, IL passed away at 12:40 AM, November 3, 2023 at Liberty Village, Clinton, IL.


Barbara was born in rural DeWitt, IL on November 13, 1934 to John and Delzena (Dolly) Reynolds.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Reynolds and brother, Russell Reynolds and special nephew, Terry Reynolds.  Surviving are 2 sisters; Beverly (John) Reynolds, Clinton, IL, Debbie Bair, Florida, 10 nieces and nephews, 24 great-nieces and nephews and 31 great-great nieces and nephews.


Barbara graduated from Clinton High School. After graduation, Barbara worked for the telephone company before starting a long career at Revere.  She eventually became the Buyer for the company before retiring after 39 years.   Barbara made many special friends at Revere.

She enjoyed traveling, baking, reading, movies, crocheting, and crafting.  Barbara’s friends and family benefited from the fruits of her labor.  She baked fabulous pies for family gatherings, and crocheted afghans for each of her family members. 


Barbara will be missed by so many who loved her dearly. She was a special lady.


Funeral services will be 3 PM, Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating.  Visitation will be held 2-3 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be held at DeWitt Cemetery following the service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dewitt County Friendship Center or to the Alzheimer’s Association. 


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Lois A. (Roberts) Taylor Bell

Lois A. (Roberts) Taylor Bell, 85, of Decatur, IL passed away 6:04 PM, November 2, 2023 at her family residence, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Scott Marsh officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton, IL. Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at the funeral home.


Memorials may be directed to Little Galilee Christian Assembly, 7539 Little Galilee Rd., Clinton, IL  61727 or the Maroa Christian Church, 430 E. Main St., Maroa, IL  61756.


Lois was born in 1938 in DeWitt County at the family’s farm home located between Lane and Weldon, IL.  She was the fourth and last child of Franz A. “Pete” and Irma C. (Brennan) Roberts.


Lois was married to John “Bill” Taylor from 1955 to 1980.  She married Allan Bell in 1990.


Survivors include her husband, Allan; daughter, Deanna Taylor Milanski; son, Terry Taylor; stepdaughter, Amy Bell Calhoun; stepson, Jim Bell; plus two unofficially adopted daughters:  Vicky Dunaway Niles and Amanda Bruce Krodel; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren plus two step great-great-grandchildren.  On the Roberts branch of the family, she had 80 living nieces and nephews (not counting the spouses or the step nieces and/or nephews).  She was a great, great, great, great aunt to five of them as of 2023.  She also had seven nieces and nephews on the Bell branch and 22 on the Taylor branch for a total of 109 nieces and nephews.


Lois was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Debra Kay Taylor; her sister Betty (Roberts) Rau and Floy (Roberts) Harmon; her brother, Robert Roberts; and her brothers-in-law Alex Stogsdill, Gerald Rau, and David Arthur Harmon.


During her working years she worked for numerous companies and held various positions including employment Manager at Revere Copper & Brass, Inc. and Employment Specialist at Illinois Power Company’s nuclear power plant.  Her favorite job was when she was 71 years old, she kept her great-grandson Dylan Taylor for two days a week from the time he was eight weeks old until he went to Kindergarten.  At the same time, she kept her grandson Jacob Taylor’s book for his AMS company.


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Alice R. Elsea

My dear mother, Alice Roberta (Van Fossan) Elsea sadly passed away on November 2, 2023 at the age of 101 years at Randall Residence of Decatur, Decatur, IL.


Services will be 11 AM, Monday, November 6, 2023 at the Bridge Church Fellowship, Argenta, IL with Chaplain Joe Bowman and Pastor Bob Baker officiating.  Burial will follow at Friends Creek Cemetery, Argenta, IL.  Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Monday at the Church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Argenta, IL is in charge of arrangements.


Memorials may be directed to the Bridge Church Fellowship.


Alice was born September 16, 1922 in Decatur, IL the daughter of Raymond and Pheobe (Ferris) Van Fossan.  She married the love of her life, Ralph Elsea, Jr. November 10, 1940 in St. Charles, MO and their marriage lasted 71 blissful years.  He passed away November 16, 2011.


She leaves two children, Paula (John) Hill, Decatur, IL, and Ted Elsea, Oreana, IL; four grandchildren:  Aaron Hill, Chad Elsea, Kelly (Craig) Brown, and Ryan (Allison)Elsea; five great-grandchildren:  Jaice Hill, Kirstin Elsea,  Jonas Elsea, and Lily Elsea; and sister, Betty Buck, San Diego, CA.


She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters:  Mildred Turner, Mary Driscoll, Velma Edwards, Grace Arnett; brother, Howard “Bud” Van Fossan; one grandson, Todd Hill; and one great-grandson, Trevor Elsea.


Alice was a wonderful person who loved to cook and bake.  Her home often housed out-of-town relatives, for hers was the gathering place.  She enjoyed keeping a clean house with neatly tended vegetable and flower gardens.  Her interests included Bunco, attending her grandsons’ sports games, and watching her beloved St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.  She was a member of the Bridge Church Fellowship.  Mom worked as a cook for 17 years at the Argenta Grade School where meals were served homemade with love.  She and dad wintered in Florida in their RV for 20 years.


The family would like to thank Lisa Manning and Randall’s for their loving care and Elara Caring Hospice team.  “Until we meet again, Mom.”

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William Wayne Lichtenberger

William Wayne Lichtenberger, age 90, went home to be with his Lord on October 28, 2023 in Mesa, AZ. Wayne was born on September 25, 1933 in Carmi, Illinois to William and Gladys Lichtenberger.

He grew up in Carmi, and was in the band in high school, the start of a lifelong interest in music. He attended the University of Illinois, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and then earned his PhD in the same field. In 1955, he married the love of his life Bonnie Arlene Hickerson and they welcomed two sons, Erik (1959) and Karl (1963). In 1963, he moved with his young family to California, working as an assistant Professor of electrical engineering at the University of California-Berkeley. In 1964, he was put in charge of Project Genie, from which modern server technology was developed, and was also involved with some of the earliest development of computer networking, which eventually led to what is now the Internet. He later helped start Berkeley Computer Corporation, and then moved to Hawaii in 1971 as a Professor of Electrical Engineering, where he continued to work in the field of networking. He returned to California in 1979 to work in private industry for Hewlett-Packard, Ungermann Bass and Cisco Corporation. In 1991, he moved to Redmond, WA where he finished his career working for XKL Systems. In the early 2000’s, Wayne moved to Gold Canyon, AZ, first as a winter visitor and later as a full-time resident. He finally retired at age 83, having worked from home for the last several years.

Wayne was active in the Christian church his entire life, serving as an Elder at both Pleasant Hill Christian Church and Kaimuki Christian church.  He was an active musician in the church as well and taught many to sing as leader of multiple choirs. In Hawaii, he also started a long career as a percussionist in community bands in Hawaii, California, Washington and lastly Arizona. If you want to see Wayne in a special performance, check out, this was in March 2023 at age 89!

He was preceded in death by his patents, William Jacob Lichtenberger and Gladys Lucille (Bingman) Lichtenberger, and beloved cats Gail, John, and Agatha. He is survived by his beloved wife Bonnie; sons Erik (Deborah) Lichtenberger and Karl (Michelle) Lichtenberger; grandchildren Ruth Lichtenberger (Eric Niemy), Samantha (Daniel) Cole, Matthew Lichtenberger, Ryan Lichtenberger, and Katherine Lichtenberger; great grandchildren River and Cyrus Niemy; sister Glenda Schultz; and many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 11 AM Saturday, November 11, 2023 at the Carmi Garden of Memories, Garden Of The Good Shepherd, Carmi, IL with Greg Grant officiating. Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Wayne’s home church, Broadway Christian Church, 7335 E. Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85208, (480) 981-0802. Please include a note “In Memory of Wayne Lichtenberger”.

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