Dewitt Obits Archives for 2024-04

Harry Harding Hawkins

Harry Harding Hawkins, 75, of Clinton, IL passed away 3:00 PM, April 27, 2024 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be 11 AM, Casual Friday, May 3, 2024 at the Journey Church, Clinton, IL with Pastor Nick Blacklidge officiating.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL assisted the family with cremation rites.

 

In lieu of flowers because of family allergies, memorials may be directed to Journey Church.

 

Harry was born May 27, 1948 in San Francisco, CA the son of Jerold and Katherine (Stuart) Hawkins. He married Karen Kay Altes April 13, 1979 in Clinton, IL.  She passed away April 16, 2019.

 

Survivors include his children, Tisha (Brian) Griffin, Clinton, IL and Robert H. (Amber) Hawkins, Peoria, IL; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

 

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

 

Harry was a member of Journey Church, Clinton, IL.  Harry was a Union Carpenter.  He moved to Illinois from California to help build the Clinton Nuclear Power Station.  After his retirement, Harry worked at various power plants on the East Coast helping with their power outages.  His hobbies included volunteering his skills at his church and golfing.  Harry was a devoted family man who worshiped his wife and loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Philip R. Chesnek

Philip A. Chesnek, 89, of Clinton, IL passed away 8:55 A.M. April 21, 2024 at his family residence, Clinton, IL.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 AM, Monday, April 29, 2024 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Fr. Thomas R. Szydlik, Celebrant followed by Military Honors. There will be no visitation. The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with arrangements.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Clinton YMCA.

 

Philip was born April 7, 1935 in Casner Twp., IL the son of Frank A. and Helen T. (Lance) Chesnek, Jr.  He married Catherine Mullins July 11, 1959 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Clinton, IL. She passed away August 29, 2022.

 

Survivors include a host of friends from the church and community.

 

Philip was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Michael J. Reidy, Sr.

Michael J. Reidy, Sr., 69, of Springfield, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois and Clinton, Illinois passed away at 11:05 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2024, at HSHS St. John's Medical Center Springfield, Illinois.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am Saturday April 27, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Bloomington, Illinois with Fr. Gregory Nelson celebrating.  Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery Bloomington, Illinois.

Visitation will be 4-7 pm Friday April 26, 2024, at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home Bloomington, Illinois.  Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School of Bloomington, Illinois or Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Mike was born May 6, 1954, in Bloomington, Illinois the son of John E. “Jack” and Suzanne “Sue” (Costigan) Reidy.  He married JoAnn Wannemacher on October 10, 1981, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington.

Surviving is his wife JoAnn Reidy of Springfield.  Sons, Joe (Maddy) Reidy of Springfield and Bill (Melissa) Reidy of Normal, Illinois, Grandchildren, Brylee, Fynleigh, Jack, Liam and Wesley Reidy.  Also surviving are sisters, Joan (Robert) Hays of Kentland, Indiana and Molly (Michael) Wieting of Bloomington and Brother, John (Judy) Reidy of Houston, Texas.

Mike was preceded by his granddaughter, Harper Elizabeth Reidy and his parents.

He was a lifelong police officer serving as the Chief of Police in Chenoa, Illinois, Wiscasset, Maine and retiring from Clinton, Illinois.  Mike was a graduate of Bloomington Central Catholic High School and Western Illinois University.  He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington and Catholic Church of the Little Flower in Springfield.

To leave expressions of sympathy for the family, visit www.carmodyflynn.com.

Roger D. Moody

Roger D. Moody 73 of Clinton, IL passed away 7:09 PM April 14, 2024 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 PM, Saturday, April 20, 2024 at The Clinton American Legion, 219 N. Elizabeth St., Clinton, IL with Pastor Marsha Funneman officiating.  A Celebration of Roger’s Life will follow.  The family requests casual attire.  The family entrusted Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with cremation rites.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the DeWitt Co. 4-H.

 

Roger was born June 7, 1950 in Decatur, IL the son of Beryl E. and JoAnn (Anderson) Moody.

 

Survivors include his children: Angela (Julie) Moody, Springfield, IL and Chad Moody, Slidell, LA; siblings, Ernest (Lynn) Moody, Springfield, IL; Larry Moody, Clinton, IL; and Janet (Jun) Caba, Savoy, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Thelma May.

 

Roger owned and operated Moody Home Improvement for several years and also farmed.  He was an avid fisherman.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Kathryn N. Anderson

Kathryn N. Anderson 96 of Clinton, IL passed away 1:10 A.M. April 15, 2024 at Manor Court, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 3 PM Friday, April 19, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Wapella, IL. Visitation will be 2 – 3 PM Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association. 

Kathryn was born June 25, 1927 in Yates City, IL the daughter of Myrtle William and Clara Belle (Murphy) Rogers. She married Robert Louis Anderson August 15, 1946 in Tazwell County, IL. He passed away January 1, 1996.

Survivors include her children, Rosea (Alan) Elliott, Ankeny, IA; RG (Paula) Anderson, Wapella, IL; 4 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 5 great great-grandchildren. 

Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents, 5 brothers, and 4 sisters.

Kathryn enjoyed working alongside her husband, Robert, building homes. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting and was an avid Cubs fan.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Leslie B. Glennie

Leslie B. Glennie 73 of Waynesville, IL passed peacefully 9:00 AM, April 12, 2024 at Vonderlieth Living Center, Mt. Pulaski, IL after fighting lung cancer.

 

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

 

Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

 

Leslie was born November 28, 1950 in Lincoln, Illinois the daughter of Harry H. and Martha Ann (Tygrest) Shifflet.

 

Survivors include her mother, Martha Ann Shifflet; daughter, Annie Elizabeth Glennie; son, Levie Thomas (Angela) Glennie; grandchildren, Leif and Brianna;  sister, Lee (Terry) Stolarski; brother, Eric (Betsy) Shifflet.

 

Lelsie was preceded in death by her father, Harry Shifflet.

 

Leslie was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter in Hastings, MN. Leslie was the sparkle in every instance and will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Mary Ann Maxwell

Mary Ann Maxwell, 74, of Clinton, IL passed away peacefully on April 10, 2024 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, IL.

 

Mary was born on January 17, 1950 in Bloomington, IL to Joseph Robert and Ann (Schmid) Maxwell.  She grew up on a dairy farm in Waynesville, IL.  Mary’s life on the farm was an inspiration for her love of animals, especially dogs and cats.

 

She graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.

 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents.  Surviving are her two brothers, Robert (Pat) Maxwell of Monticello, IL and Joseph Maxwell of Bloomington, IL.  One of her favorite times was preparing meals for the family.  Her nieces and nephews were especially fond of her homemade noodles and Katherine Hepburn brownies.

 

Mary will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin to all the Schmid and Mehl kids, and friend.

 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12 noon, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, IL with Fr. Thomas R. Szydlik, Celebrant.  Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Wapella, IL.  Visitation will be 11 AM – 12 noon Wednesday at the church.  Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL is in charge of arrangements.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in Mary’s memory to St. John the Baptist Church, Clinton, IL or a charity of your choice.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Steven K. LaDew

Steven K. LaDew 90 of Waynesville, IL passed away 8:40 PM April 9, 2024 at The Arc At Normal, Normal, IL. 

He was born on November 12, 1933 in Waynesville, IL to Goffrey and Wealthy (Brock) LaDew. Steve attended Waynesville High School before enlisting in the Navy in 1951, where he served for just under 3 years. On December 22, 1956, he married Carol Irene Craig. Together, they had three children. Steve and Carol enjoyed traveling together as well as spending time with family and friends. 

Steve enjoyed the outdoors and watching the dogs work when he was pheasant hunting. It was something he looked forward to every year. Steve was an active member of the Waynesville Legion Post #1189, where he served as Commander for several years in addition to participating in the Honor Guard activities. He was also a member of the Clinton Eagles.
Steve retired from Caterpillar where he enjoyed many leadership positions that took him to the far corners of the world in England, India, Canada, Chile, and Spain as well as many states.

Steve is survived by his children, Craig (Joni) LaDew of Danvers, Scott LaDew of Waynesville and Terri (Bill) Culhan of Boca Raton, Florida, 6 grandchildren; Karli (Doug) Yoder, Shane LaDew, Toni LaDew, Jessie LaDew, Cassi (Josh) Baker and Jenna Culhan, 5 great-grandchildren, Cade and Emery Yoder, Gage LaDew, Saylor Engstrom and Gatlin Bauer and family friend Cindy White. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Carol, his parents and brothers and sisters.  

Services will be 11 AM Saturday, April 20 2024 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Rev. Deepak Holkar officiating. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, IL with Military Honors. Visitation will be 10 – 11 AM Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to the EMT of Waynesville, the Waynesville Methodist Church and the Waynesville Legion Post 1189.   

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Richard "Dick" Dale Baum

Richard “Dick” Dale Baum, 96, of Clinton, IL passed away 3:08 AM, Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Sugar Creek, Normal, Illinois.

 

Services will be 11 AM Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Mark Cooper and Ernie Harvey, Jr. officiating. Burial will be 10 AM Thursday, April 11, 2024 at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Visitation will be 9 – 11 AM Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Dick was born January 11, 1928 in Carlock, IL. The only child born to Arthur W. and Loretta (Schrock) Baum. After graduating from Carlock High School, Dick attended Bluffton College in Bluffton, OH. He returned home to Carlock where, in 1948, he became an operating partner at his father’s car dealership, Baum Motor Company.

 

Dick married Marjorie J. Moser September 4, 1948. The pair were married until Marjorie’s death in 2020. In 1964, Dick and Marjorie moved their three children from Carlock to Clinton when purchasing Holtz Chevrolet Buick. Dick was President of Baum Chevrolet Buick from 1964 to 1992 and remained active in the business through his death. Personal service was important to him, and he carried this throughout his career.

 

A talented musician, Dick enjoyed playing the marimba, singing in choirs, including the Bloomington Normal Barbershop Chorus and the gospel quartet, the Evangelaires for 15 years Dick served on the Mennonite and John Warner Hospital boards and actively volunteered his time with the Mennonite Central Committee and Habitat for Humanity in Florida.

 

Someone who never met a stranger, Dick loved traveling near and far, collecting new friends along the way. He and Marjorie traveled to Russia, Switzerland, Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, New Zealand, Australia, and across the United States in their motorcoach.

 

Dick is survived by his two children, Stephanie (Mike) Company and Scott (Nancy) Baum; daughter-in-law, Rhonda (Chuck) Kern; grandchildren, Joseph (Carrie) Company, Jeffrey Company, Rachel Torbert, Janell (Spencer) Thomas, and seven great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Stephen Baum and wife, Marjorie.

 

Given Dick’s love of people and service, donations may be made to Little Galilee Christian Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 61727 or to Camp Friedenswald, 15406 Watercress Way, Cassopolis, MI. 49031-9532.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Deanna Kay Spencer

Deanna Kay Spencer 56 of Clinton, IL passed away 8:14 A.M. April 2, 2024 at her family residence, Clinton, IL.

Services will be 10 AM Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Allison Hitchings officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kenney, IL. Visitation will be 5 – 8 PM Friday, April 5, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL

Memorials may be directed to Clinton Community Educational Foundation In Memory of Deanna Spencer.

Deanna was born April 14, 1967 in Clinton, IL the daughter of James William “Bill” and Betty (Provin) Clark. She married Michael Spencer May 1, 1993 in Clinton, IL.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Spencer, Clinton, IL, father, James William “Bill” (Cathy) Clark, Kenney, IL, mother, Betty J. Clark, Clinton, IL, sister, Londa Dunlap, Bloomington, IL, one niece, Stevi (Brett) Schenkel, Merriam, KS, and her cats, Isabella and Spence.

Deanna worked at State Farm, Bloomington, IL as an Administrative Assistant for 37 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.

Online condolences may be made at www.calvertmemorial.com

Helen Laverne Ballenger

Helen Laverne Ballenger, 88, of Clinton, IL passed away 1:50 AM, April 1, 2024 at Carle BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.

 

Services will be 11 AM, Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton, IL with Pastor Skeet Stribling officiating.  Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, IL.  Visitation will be 10-11 AM, Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may be directed to the Helen Laverne Ballenger Memorial Fund.

 

Helen was born November 28, 1935 in Clinton, IL the daughter of Otis and Helen Louise (Campbell) Newberry.  She married Charles H. Ballenger November 13, 1953 in Clinton, IL.  He passed away March 25, 1996.

 

Survivors include her children:  Billy Lynn (Debbie) Ballenger, Waynesville, IL; Chris Ballenger, Clinton, IL; and Charles Ballenger, Clinton, IL; seven grandchildren:  Derek (Christina) Ballenger, Atlanta, IL; Destiny Ballenger, Waynesville, IL; Chrystal Ballenger, Clinton, IL; Jamee (Jason) Sherlay, Maroa, IL; Christopher Luster, Springfield, IL, Staci (Scott O’Neal) Ballenger, Kenney, IL; and Chad (Kate Willis) Ballenger, Clinton, IL; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Twanda Reynolds, Clinton, IL also survive.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers; one sister; and daughter-in-law, Tamala “Tami” Ballenger.

 

Helen worked at Spurgeons Department Store where she was known by her son, Bob, as “The Coat Lady”.  She also served as the Past-President of A.B.W.A.  Most of all, Helen loved spending time with her family as that was the most important thing in her life.

 

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