Cass Co. IL Obituaries

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This collection of obits is of people from Cass Co. who died or are buried in Schuyler County.
Many thanks to Sara Hemp for supplying them.

Obituary of Myra Lucille Goff Bell Ainsworth
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, October 10, 2001, page 17, column 1
Myra Ainsworth
Myra Lucille Ainsworth, 83, of Ashland, and formerly of Beardstown, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at Menard Convalescent Center of Petersburg.
She was born July 3, 1918, in Beardstown, to Ernest and Opal Markum Goff. She was a graduate of the Beardstown High School in 1937.
Ms. Ainsworth was preceded in death by both her parents, a daughter, Marilyn Tomlinson, a brother, Donald "Bud" Goff, and two sisters, Clara Mertz and Thelma Nunn.
She is survived by two sons, Harold "Butch" Bell of Ashland and Howard "Bub" (wife Nancy) Bell of Florissant, Mo.; a brother, Robert Goff (wife Shirley) of Beardstown; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Ms. Ainsworth retired from the handicap division as a clerk for the State of Illinois. She was a member of the 6th Street St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church of Beardstown.
A memorial service will be conducted at a later date with the Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown in charge of arrangements.

Obituary of Inez Irene Webster Alexander
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, November 7, 2001, page 13, column 2
Inez Alexander
Inez Irene Alexander, 90, of Beardstown died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at Heritage Manor South Nursing Home in Beardstown.
She was born Jan. 11, 1911, in Beardstown to Oliver and Gusta Mae Cook Webster. She attended Beardstown schools. She married Clarence F. Alexander on April 10, 1943, at Medford, Ga. She worked as a waitress and cook most of her life.
Mrs. Alexander was preceded in death by both of her parents, her husband, three brothers, Walter Lee, "Bud" Wilbur and Delbert, and a sister, Ada Marie Etaw.
She is survived by a sister, Viola (husband Don) Jones of Quincy and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was held at the Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown on Friday, Nov. 2, with Father Roger Simpson officiating. Interment was at the Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler County Hospice.


Obituary of Ruth Ida Six Bates
Peoria Journal Star, June 20, 2004, Page: B6
Ruth Bates
BEARDSTOWN - Ruth Ida Bates, 92, of Beardstown died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Heritage Manor South.
Born Sept. 25, 1911, in Scott County, to Joe and Ida May Tash Six, she married Charles Bates on Dec. 26, 1938, in Palmyra, Mo. He died Feb. 25, 1969.
She also was preceded in death by one brother, three sisters, and two stepdaughters, Marjorie Anderson and Mae Brockhouse.
Surviving are one daughter, Marilyn Bates Day of Beardstown; one granddaughter; one stepgranddaughter.
A bookkeeper, she worked for Farm Bureau in Jacksonville from 1929 to 1938; Glenn Services from 1954 to 1962; and Kline Department Store from 1969 to 1978.
She was a member of First Christian Church in Beardstown.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Oxville Cemetery near Bluffs.
Memorials may be made to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or to her church.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Christine C. Harris Belville
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 21, 1997
Christine C. Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Christine C. Belville, 76, of Beardstown died Tuesday at Passavant Hospital, Jacksonville.
Survivors: four sons, Larry Belville of Beardstown, Robert Wayne Belville Sr. and Jackie Belville, both of Rushville, and Dennis Belville Sr. of Pleasant View; three daughters, Janet Belville of Beardstown, Sandra Jockisch of Vermont, and Carolyn Barrett of Jacksonville; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and a sister, Zelma Weishaar of Browning.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville. Burial: Browning Cemetery, Browning.

Peoria Journal Star, August 21, 1997
Christine Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Christine C. Belville, 76, of 801 E. Third St. died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1997, at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born Aug. 14, 1921, in Browning to William and Caroline Himmel Harris, she married Perry "Tater" Belville on Sept. 1, 1936. He died June 26, 1992. She also was preceded in death by three daughters, three grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are four sons, Larry of Beardstown, Robert Wayne Sr. and Jackie, both of Rushville and Dennis Sr. of Pleasant View; three daughters, Janet Belville of Beardstown, Sandra Jockisch of Vermont and Carolyn Barrett of Jacksonville; 23 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and one sister, Zelma Weishaar of Browning.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville. The Rev. Scott Henley will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Obituary of Dorothy DeWitt Belville
Peoria Journal Star, July 29, 1997
Dorothy Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Dorothy Belville, 80, formerly of 617 March St. died Sunday, July 27, 1997, at Heritage Manor East.
Born March 25, 1917, in Bushnell to Sidney Calvin and Stella Anita Mikesell DeWitt, she married Hallie Belville on June 16, 1940, in Palmyra, Mo. He died March 22, 1985. She also was preceded in death by three sisters.
Surviving are one stepdaughter, Winifred Sigel of Oak Park; three brothers, Sidney DeWitt Jr. of Browning, Jack DeWitt of Springfield and Thomas DeWitt Sr. of Beardstown; one sister, Maxine DeWitt of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
During World War II, she was employed at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego. She also worked at the Wells-Lamont Glove Factory in Beardstown and was a cook at Browning School for several years.
She was a member of Central Christian Church in Browning.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sager Funeral Home. The Rev. Kevin Sheese will officiate. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, where the family will meet with friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery. Memorials may be made to her church.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 29, 1997
Dorothy Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Dorothy Belville, 80, of Beardstown died Sunday at Heritage Manor East, Beardstown.
Survivors: a stepdaughter, Winifred Sigel of Oak Park; three brothers, Sidney DeWitt Jr. of Browning, Jack DeWitt of Springfield, and Thomas DeWitt Sr. of Beardstown; a sister, Maxine DeWitt of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Browning Cemetery, Browning.


Obituary of Kathleen Bell Belville
Peoria Journal Star, December 8, 2001
Kathleen Belville
PEORIA - Kathleen J. Belville, 46, of 705 Morton died at 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Beardstown to Joseph Bell and Barbara Wolfe.
Surviving are her mother of Jacksonville; one son, Michael Bell of Peoria; two daughters, Elonda Flores of Peoria and Vanessa Mills of Galesburg; eight grandchildren; and one brother, Walter Bell of Galesburg.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the cathedral, where visitation will be 30 minutes before services. The Rev. Joseph Donton will officiate. Cremation will be accorded, and graveside services with burial of ashes will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Cemetery in West Peoria. Arrangements are by Wright & Salmon Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Cathedral.


Obituary of Perry "Tater" Carlyle Belville
died: June 26, 1992
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 27, 1992
Perry C. Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Perry C. "Tater" Belville, 74, of Beardstown died at 9:25 a.m Friday at his residence.
Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements, which are pending.
Surviving are his wife, Christine; four sons, Larry of Beardstown, Robert, Jackie and Dennis, all of Rushville; five daughters, Delores Jones and Janet Belville, both of Beardstown, Jerris "Jody" Danner of Rushville, Sandra Jockisch of Vermont, Ill., and Carolyn Barrett of Jacksonville; 26 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Beulah Palmer of Astoria, Juanita Genseal of Turlock, Calif., and Wanda Gerard of Grinnell, Iowa.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 28, 1992
Perry C. Belville
BEARDSTOWN - Services for Perry C. "Tater" Belville of Beardstown will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, with burial in Browning Cemetery.
Mr. Belville, 74, died at 9:25 a.m Friday at his residence.


Obituary of Bertha H. Friend Birdsell
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 11, 1993
Bertha H. Birdsell
RUSHVILLE - Bertha H. Birdsell, 87, of Rushville died at 5 a.m. Monday at Snyder's Vaugh-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beardstown Worship Center, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are five sons, Lawrence of Hazel Crest, Earl of Algonquin, Paul of Skokie, Russell of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Walter of Hook Sack, Wash.; five daughters, Mary Pate of Beardstown, Iola Martin of Browning, Janic Schall of Yuma, Ariz., Kathleen Smith of Petersburg, and Elaine Rae of Quincy; 26 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Peoria Journal Star, May 11, 1993
Bertha Birdsell
RUSHVILLE - Bertha H. Birdsell, 87, of 135 S. Morgan died at 5 a.m. Monday, May 10, 1992, Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
Born Aug. 11, 1905, in Chandlerville to Joseph and Sarah Ray Friend, she married Carl C. Birdsell on March 6, 1921, in Chicago.
Surviving are five sons, Lawrence of Hazel Crest, Earl of Algonquin, Paul of Skokie, Russell of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Walter of Hook Sack, Wash.; five daughters, Mary Pate of Beardstown, Iola Martin of Browning, Janice Schall of Yuma, Ariz., Kathleen Smith of Petersburg and Elaine Rae of Quincy; 26 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three brothers and three sisters.
She worked at Turner's Bakery in Beardstown.
She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Beardstown.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Beardstown Worship Center in Beardstown. The Rev. Don Rowan will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Beardstown Worship Center Building Fund.


Obituary of Floyd E. Birdsell
died: March 23, 1987
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 24, 1987, Page: 15
Floyd E. Birdsell
BEARDSTOWN - Floyd E. Birdsell, 55, of Beardstown died at 11:25 a.m. Monday at the Beardstown Long Term Facility.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Bertha J.; two sons, Roy Pate of Beardstown and Joe Pate of Jacksonville; one daughter, Marie Mayes of Beardstown; five brothers, Lawrence of Hazelcrest, Earl of Algonquin, Paul of Skokie, Russell of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Walter of Seattle, Wash.; five sisters, Mary Pate of Beardstown, Iola Martin of rural Browning, Kathleen Smith of Tallula, Elaine Rae of Jacksonville and the Rev. Janice Schahall of Arizona; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Note: Something doen't seem correct with his age. The stated son, Joe (George "Joe" Joseph Pate) obit states he was born August 16, 1935 and the age of 55 stated here would make Floyd born about 1932. His wife, Bertha J. is Bertha Jane Dale, 1st hubby Lawrence E. Pate, the father of Roy and Joe.


Obituary of Gary Wayne Birdsell
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 16, 2006
Gary Birdsell
CHANDLERVILLE - Gary Birdsell, 42, of Chandlerville died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Cass County.
He was born Dec. 5, 1964, in Cass County, the son of Fred H. and Maxine Armstrong Birdsell.
Mr Birdsell was a graduate of Chandlerville High School. He worked as a heating and air conditioning technician. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in rural Chandlerville.
Survivors: son, Rhett of Chandlerville; mother, Maxine Birdsell of Virginia; brother, James (wife, Christine) Birdsell of Ashland; and three sisters, Alma (husband, Larry) Schall of Beardstown, Carolyn (husband, J.W.) Rhea of Waukegan and Pat (husband, Don) Bingham of Chandlerville.
Graveside services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Chandlerville Cemetery, the Rev. Duane Turley officiating.
Lintner-Hurley Funeral Home in Chandlerville is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of James H. Birdsell II
died: November 28, 1994
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 30, 1994
James H. Birdsell Jr.
James H. Birdsell Jr., 21, of rural Virginia died Monday at Memorial Medical Center.
Survivors: father and stepmother, Jim and Christine Birdsell of Ashland; mother and stepfather, Linda Birdsell and Gail Skiles of rural Virginia; two sisters, Meghan and Kaitlyn Birdsell, both of Ashland; companion, Teresa Jokisch of Ashland; grandparents, James and Emma Hunt of Athens and Maxine Birdsell of Chandlerville; stepgrandmother, Margaret Vana of Springfield; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Virginia United Methodist Church. Burial: Ashland City Cemetery.
Massie-Buchanan Funeral Home, Virginia, is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Thomas William Birdsell
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 9, 2006
Thomas W. Birdsell
BEARDSTOWN - Thomas W. Birdsell, 64, of Beardstown died Sunday, Jan. 8, 2006, at his home.
He was born Nov. 7, 1941, in Beardstown, the son of Fred and Maxine Armstrong Birdsell. He married Linda Lynn in 1970 in Beardstown.
Mr. Birdsell graduated from Chandlerville High School in 1959. He worked at Lauder Junkyard in Beardstown and as a prison guard at Joliet State Penitentiary from 1961-63. He served as a Beardstown city police officer from 1963-69, where he also served as chief of police. He was a driver's license examiner for the secretary of state's office in 1969. He served as an Illinois State Police trooper from 1969 until he retired as a sergeant in vehicle information in 1998. He worked at Cass County Human Resource Center since 1999.
He was a member of First Christian Church, where he served as a deacon.
Survivors: wife, Linda; son, Travis (wife, Angie) Birdsell of Lincoln; daughter, Tierney Birdsell of Beardstown; two grandchildren; mother, Maxine of Chandlerville; two brothers, Jim (wife, Christine) Birdsell of Ashland and Gary Birdsell of Louisiana; three sisters, Alma (husband, Larry) Schall of Beardstown, Carolyn (husband, John) Rhea of Waukegan and Pat (husband, Don) Bingham of Chandlerville; and many nieces and nephews.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, First Christian Church, Beardstown, Mike Courson officiating. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Gertrude D. Simmons Booze
Peoria Journal Star, March 4, 1998
Gertrude Booze
EAST PEORIA - Gertrude D. Booze, 74, of 109 Fawnhaven Drive died at 6:46 p.m. Monday, March 2, 1998, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born Oct. 20, 1923, in rural Beardstown to Otha and Muriel Wallace Simmons, she married Herman C. Booze on Nov. 29, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. He died Jan. 4, 1992, in McMinnville, Ore.
Three daughters, Sandra Townsend, Marily Booze and Leah Booze, two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Harold of East Peoria and Timothy of Salem, Ore.; one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Edna) Kaempfer of Elmhurst; three sisters, Wylla Mae Buhl of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Mrs. Carl (Lois) Sherren of Jacksonville and Mrs. Bob (Jean) Sears of Denver; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
She was a member of Woodland Baptist Church in Peoria, where services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Dr. James Donahue will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the church. Local arrangements are by Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home, Peoria.
Additional services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, where visitation will be two hours earlier. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church, 900 Grand Ave., Beardstown, Ill. 62618.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 5, 1998
Gertrude D. Booze
BEARDSTOWN - Gertrude D. Booze, 74, of East Peoria, formerly of Beardstown, died Monday at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Survivors: two sons, Harold Booze of East Peoria and Timothy Booze of Salem, Ore.; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Edna) Kaempfer of Elmhurst; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and three sisters, Wylla Mae Buhl of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Mrs. Carl (Lois) Sherren of Jacksonville and Mrs. Bob (Jean) Sears of Denver.
Services: 7 p.m. Thursday, Woodland Baptist Church, Peoria, and at 2 p.m.
Friday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.


Obituary of Florence V. Tucker Bowman
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, December 5, 2001, page 15, column 1
Florence Bowman
Florence V. Bowman, 83, of Beardstown, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, 2001, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
She was born July 23, 1918, in Missouri, the daughter of John Henry and Maimie Alzeda Allen Tucker. She married Virgil E. Bowman on Feb. 16, 1937, in Missouri. He preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1977.
Surviving are one son, Virgil Bowman Jr. (wife Joyce) of Trivoli; six daughters, Betty Ballard (husband Junior), Susan Kirkham (husband Dennis), Cindy Logue, and Donna Campbell (husband Robert) all of Beardstown, Linda Meinert (husband Ron) of Leavenworth, Kans., and Dolorse Gouran of Rushville; 24 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bessie Elmore of Beardstown; and her companion, Leonard Bankes, of Rushville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Nancy Emerick (husband Don Emerick of Jacksonville survives), and one son, John Thomas Bowman.
Mrs. Bowman graduated from Beardstown High School in 1936. Before she married, she was a kindergarten teacher and after her marriage, she was a full-time wife and mother.
Funeral services for Florence Bowman were held Friday Nov. 30 at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Jerry Houchins of the Lighthouse Church in Beardstown officiating. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.


Obituary of Dorothy Rickard Campbell
Peoria Journal Star, July 26, 2000
Dorothy Campbell
BEARDSTOWN - Dorothy Campbell, 86, of Heritage Manor East died there Tuesday, July 25, 2000.
Born Sept. 4, 1913, in Wapello, Iowa, to Charlie Martin and Hattie Mae McNeal Rickard, she married Homer Campbell on Aug. 14, 1933, in Memphis, Mo. He died Oct. 14, 1982.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Charley; one daughter, Emma Louise Bauser; two sisters; and four brothers.
Surviving are one son, Orville (and Mary) of Hannibal, Mo.; one daughter, Donna (and Walter ''Scootie'') Blake of Beardstown; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She worked at a Beardstown glove factory and at Beardstown Laundry. She also was a cook at several restaurants. She was a board member of the Residents Council at Heritage Manor East.
She was a member of East Union Baptist Church in Schuyler County.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Sager Funeral Home. The Rev. Jerry Houchins will officiate. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 tonight. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery in Schuyler County.
Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor East activity fund.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 26, 2000
Dorothy Campbell
BEARDSTOWN - Dorothy Campbell, 86, of Beardstown died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown.
She was born Sept. 4, 1913, in Wappelo, Iowa; the daughter of Charlie Martin and Hattie Mae McNeal Rickard. She married Homer Campbell in 1933 in Memphis, Mo.; he preceded her in death in 1982. A son, Charley E. Campbell, and a daughter, Emma Louise Bauser, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. Campbell attended school in Memphis, Mo. and was a member of the East Union Baptist Church in Schuyler County.
She was a homemaker and worked at the Glove Factory in Beardstown and at the Beardstown Laundry. She also was a cook for several area restaurants.
While a resident at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown, she served as a board member on the Residents Council.
Survivors: a son, Orville W. (wife, Mary) Campbell of Hannibal, Mo.; a daughter, Donna M. (husband, Walter "Scootie") Blake of Beardstown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown, the Rev. Jerry Houchins officiating. Burial: Good Hope Cemetery in Schuyler County.


Obituary of Kenneth M. Canada
died: November 13, 1987
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 16, 1987, Page: 4
Kenneth M. Canada
BEARDSTOWN - Kenneth M. Canada, 36, died Friday from injuries received in a motorcyle accident.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Rita Ann; one stepdaughter, Melissa Hughes of Beardstown; one stepson, Joseph Dorr of Beardstown; mother, Mrs. Freda Canada of Beardstown; three sisters, Mrs. Donald (Helen) Clements of Browning, Miss Alice Canada of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Donna Stillwell of Lees Summit, Mo.; one brother, David of Rushville.


Obituary of Larry J. Carlock
Peoria Journal Star, November 28, 2004, Page: B7
Larry Carlock
Peoria - Larry J. Carlock, 64, of Peoria died at 11:21 a.m. Nov. 24, 2004, at his residence.
Born Nov. 12, 1940, in Havana to Raymond L. and Hilda Avery Carlock, he married Bertha "Lory" McKenrick on Sept. 3, 1983, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are one son, Joey of Bartonville; three daughters, Jennifer Carlock of Peoria, Angela (and Tracy Krigner) McKenrick of Peoria and Renee McKenrick of Goodfield; 12 grandchildren; one brother, David (and Cindy) Carlock of Bartonville; and two sisters, Connie (and Tom) Trunk of Bartonville and Nancy Stiarwalt of San Jose, Calif.
An Army veteran, he served from 1960 to 1963. He was a past member of Eagles Lodge 265.
He was a "flavor man." He added flavor to ice cream at Kraft Foods in Peoria. He also worked as a casting finisher for Caterpillar Inc for five years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, where visitation will be one hour before. Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to any charity.


Obituary of Raymond L. Carlock
Peoria Journal Star, June 21, 2001, Page: B04
Raymond Carlock
PEORIA HEIGHTS - Raymond L. Carlock, 91, of Peoria Heights died Monday, June 18, 2001, at OSF St. Clare Home.
Born Dec. 19, 1909, in Bath to Lewis and Mabel Blanche Farris Carlock, he married Hilda Avery on Sept. 19, 1934, in Virginia, Ill. She died Dec. 15, 1976.
He also was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.
Surviving are two sons, David (and Cindy) and Larry (and Lory), both of Peoria; two daughters, Connie (and Tom) Trunk of Peoria and Nancy Stiarwalt of San Jose, Calif.; one brother, Jack of Chandlerville; one sister, Janet Shores of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He had owned and operated Central Illinois Provision Co. in Peoria before retiring.
He was of the Protestant faith.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lintner-Buchanan Funeral Home in Chandlerville, where friends may call one hour before. Burial will be in Chandlerville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to any charity.


Obituary of Genevive "Jennie" Martin McCoy Chilton
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, November 28, 2001, page 15, column 5
Genevieve Chilton
Genevive "Jennie" Chilton, 75, of Beardstown, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, 2001, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
She was born Dec. 8, 1925, in Schuyler County, the daughter of James and Leila Bates Martin. She married Orvy McCoy Jr. in 1944 in Beardstown and he preceded her in death. She married Herschel Chilton on Aug. 4, 1984, in Beardstown. He died Sept. 3, 1994.
Surviving are one son, Terry McCoy of Browning; two daughters, Nancy Prucha of Lockport and Brenda Powell of Palatine; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husbands.
Mrs. Chilton attended school in Schuyler County and was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. She had been previously employed at the Jacksonville Elks Club, Virginia Country Club, and the Illini Restaurant in Beardstown. She also had managed the Riverview Dry Cleaners in Beardstown.
Funeral services for Jennie Chilton were Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with burial in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.
Memorials have been suggested to the American Cancer Society.


Obituary of Lenora Tholen Clark
State Journal-Register, July 18, 1997
Lenora Clark
BEARDSTOWN - Lenora Clark, 84, of Beardstown died Wednesday at Long Term Care, Rushville.
Survivors: a son, Timothy Clark of Beardstown; two daughters, Edith Fishel of Rushville and Carol Rebman of Camden, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sager Funeral Home. Burial: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

Peoria Journal Star, July 18, 1997
Lenora Clark
BEARDSTOWN - Lenora Clark, 84, of 909 Monroe St. died Wednesday, July 16, 1997, at Long Term Care in Rushville.
Born Dec. 2, 1912, in Meredosia to Herman and Emma Kuhlmann Tholen, she married Jesse H. Clark on Aug. 1, 1939, in Bowling Green, Mo. He died in November 1975. One stepdaughter, Helen Green, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Timothy of Beardstown; two daughters, Edith Fishel of Rushville and Carol Rebman of Camden, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown and the Ladies' Aid Society.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sager Funeral Home. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 tonight. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Beardstown. 


Obituary of Noel ''Bud'' N. Clarke II
Peoria Journal Star, November 2, 2000
Noel Clarke
BEARDSTOWN - Noel N. ''Bud'' Clarke Jr., 65, of rural Beardstown died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at his residence.
Born Oct. 16, 1935, in Beardstown to Noel N. Sr. and Mary Zillion Clarke, he married Mary J. Seaman on March 21, 1987, in Bluff Springs. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian of Beardstown and Barry (and Cathy) of Mount Sterling; one daughter, Karla (and Harvey) Spears of Beardstown; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
One sister preceded him in death.
He worked on the Illinois River for 40 years as a barge pilot and captain, having achieved the position of master pilot. He last worked for ADM/ARTCO.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Beardstown City Cemetery. The Rev. Roger Simpson will officiate. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7 tonight.
Memorials may be made to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or to Cass County Visiting Nurses.


Obituary of Russel D. Cook
Peoria Journal Star, August 21, 2005, Page: B6
Russel Cook
Beardstown - Russel D. Cook, 85, of Beardstown died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at Heritage Manor South.
Born Nov. 9, 1919, in Chandlerville to Samuel and Verla Griffen Cook, he married Leah Schaefer on Jan. 29, 1949, in Springfield. She died Nov. 26, 1995.
He also was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.
Surviving are his brother, Larry of Canton; and two sisters, Berneda Campbell of Sunnyvale, Calif., and June Anderson of Canton.
A member of the American Legion and Guthrie-Pierce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1239, he served as a master sergeant in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific Theater from 1942 until 1945.
He owned and operated Arrow Restaurant in Beardstown for 20 years and also Cook's Nook in Beardstown for six years. He also managed Virginia Country Club for 20 years.
As a member of the Beardstown Kiwanis Club, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Flags of Love - lining the city square with American flags on national holidays.
He also was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beardstown.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Cremation has been accorded. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends one hour before services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cook's Nook Clubhouse at Eddie Garnier Apartments in Beardstown.


Obituary of Nathan Thomas Cooper
Peoria Journal Star, January 25, 2004, Page: B6
Nathan Cooper 
RUSHVILLE - Services for Nathan T. Cooper, 20, of Rushville will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Rushville. Barbara Wooldridge will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wood-Roby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery. 
He was pronounced dead at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2004. 
He died after his truck struck a utility pole about one mile north of Rushville on Old Macomb Road. 
He was born June 23, 1983, in Rushville, the son of Daniel R. and Mindy (DeMoss) Cooper. 
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Mindy and Brian Newell of Rushville; his father, Daniel Cooper of Beardstown; Molly Osmer, with whom he made his home; one daughter, Whitley Jean Cooper, at home; his grandparents, Linda and Robert Brown, and Ronald DeMoss, all of Rushville, and Donald and Shirley Cooper of Beardstown; his stepgrandparents, Montie and Fran Newell of Rushville; one sister, Lacey Cooper of Rushville; and three brothers, Beau Newell of Rushville, and Andy Cooper and Daylon Cooper, both of Arenzville. 
He graduated from Rushville High School in 2001. 
He had attended Spoon River College. 
He was a cabinetmaker for Concord Cabinets in Clayton. 
He was a member of the Full Draw Archery Club in Rushville. 
Memorials may be made to the Whitley Jean Cooper Education Fund at Schuyler State Bank in Rushville.


Obituary of Gerald Lee Cox
Peoria Journal Star, December 6, 1998
Gerald Cox
CAMDEN - Gerald L. Cox, 64, of rural Camden died at 11:50 p.m. 
Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
Born March 12, 1934, near Chandlerville to Louis and Fern Dupes Cox, he married Mildred Richardson on Dec. 10, 1955, in Rushville. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Kent of Rushville and Kevin of Industry; two daughters, Brenda John of Macomb and Penny Lunt of Rushville; three brothers, Jack of Glasford, Donald of Virginia, Ill., and Norman of Galesburg; two sisters, Alberta Dearing of Chandlerville and Betty Kanohi of Oliver Springs, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.
One brother preceded him in death.
He was an equipment operator for the city of Macomb Street Department for many years, retiring in 1996. He was a member of Rushville Moose Lodge 506. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville. The Rev. Scott Henley will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery in Brooklyn Township, Schuyler County.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 6, 1998
Gerald L. Cox
CAMDEN - Gerald L. Cox, 64, of Camden died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
He was born March 12, 1934, near Chandlerville, the son of Louis and Fern Dupes Cox. He married Mildred Richardson in 1955 in Rushville.
Mr. Cox was an equipment operator for the city of Macomb Street Department for many years, retiring in 1996, and was a member of the Rushville Moose Lodge 506.
Survivors: wife, Mildred; two sons, Kent Cox of Rushville and Kevin Cox of Industry; two daughters, Brenda John of Macomb and Penny Lunt of Rushville; nine grandchildren; three brothers, Jack Cox of Glasford, Donald Cox of Virginia and Norman Cox of Galesburg; and two sisters, Alberta Dearing of Chandlerville and Betty Kanohi of Oliver Springs, Tenn.
Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, the Rev.
Scott Henley officiating. Burial: White Oak Cemetery, Brooklyn Township, Schuyler County.


Obituary of Fred "Bob" Robert Curry
Peoria Journal Star, December 3, 1998
Fred Curry
RUSHVILLE - Fred Robert "Bob" Curry, 77, of rural Rushville died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital Long-Term Care.
Born March 7, 1921, in Beardstown to Fred Reno and Marie Lebkuecher Curry, he married Theresa Lovekamp on Aug. 3, 1948, in Arenzville. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Gerald of Cuba, Roger of Rushville and Ed of Frederick; one daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Smith of Frederick; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
One infant brother and one great-great-grandson preceded him in death.
He was a farm owner in Schuyler County. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Rushville, where he was a representative for the Lutheran Layman League and a trustee.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown. The Rev. Joseph Eckman will officiate. Calling hours will be after 4 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Additional visitatino will be one hour before services at the church. Burial will be in Messerer Cemetery, near Frederick.
Memorials may be made to the church in Rushville.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 3, 1998
Fred R. Curry
RUSHVILLE - Fred Robert "Bob" Curry, 77, of rural Rushville died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital Longterm Care, Rushville.
He was born March 7, 1921, in Beardstown, the son of Fred Reno and Marie Lebkuecher Curry. He married Theresa Lovekamp in 1948 in Arenzville.
Mr. Curry attended Woodstock Military School in Chicago. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Rushville, where he served as a representative for the Lutheran Layman League and as a trustee. He also owned a farm in Schuyler County.
Survivors: wife, Theresa; three sons, Gerald (wife, Jane) Curry of Cuba, Roger Curry of Rushville and Ed (wife, Linda) Curry of Frederick; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Smith of Frederick; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. John's Lutheran Church, Beardstown, the Rev. Joseph Eckman officiating. Burial: Messerer Cemetery, near Frederick.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Lavina M. Luttrell Hankins Kayes Dailey
Peoria Journal Star, May 16, 1998
Lavina Dailey
RUSHVILLE - Lavina M. Dailey, 68, of Rushville died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 1998, at her home.
Born July 15, 1929, in Beardstown to Willard and Amanda Anderson Luttrell, she married Don A. Dailey on June 11, 1968, in Rushville. He survives.
Also surviving are five sons, James "Willie" Hankins and Anthony Hankins, both of Rushville, Harold Hankins of Jacksonville, Dennis Hankins of Kent, Wash., and Joseph Kayes of Fort Myers, Fla.; one daughter, Chantel Dailey of Rushville; one stepdaughter, Susan Dunnill of Kankakee; one stepson, Timothy Dailey of Rushville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Lillian Thompson of Rushville, Lois Matthews of Denver and Anne Parks of Sheridan, Wyo.
She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
She was a community health provider through the Schuyler County Health Department, retiring in 1996. She was a member of Beardstown Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and Schuyler American Legion Post 4 Auxiliary.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Rob Kirkham will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Jerris "Jody" Belville Olson Danner
Peoria Journal Star, October 9, 1994, Page: C14
Jerris Danner
RUSHVILLE - Jerris "Jody" Danner, 48, of 408 S. Liberty St. died at 10:53 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, 1994, at her home.
Born Nov. 24, 1945, in Rushville to Perry "Tater" and Christina C. Harris Belville, she married Jerry L. Danner on Sept. 3, 1971, in Rushville. He survives.
Also surviving are her mother of Beardstown; four brothers, Robert Wayne Belville Sr., Jackie Belville and Dennis Belville Sr., all of Rushville, and Larry Belville of Beardstown; and three sisters, Janet Belville of Beardstown, Sandra Jockish of Vermont, Ill., and Carolyn Barrett of Jacksonville. Her father, one daughter, Barbara Stolp, one son, Tim Olson, and two sisters preceded her in death.
She worked for Schuyler Laboratories Inc. in Rushville and later at Excel Corp. in Beardstown.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Worthington Funeral Home. David Haney will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery in Browning.
Memorials may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Illinois.


Obituary of Richard "Dick" Lee Davis
Peoria Journal Star, October 28, 1992
Richard Davis
Richard Lee "Dick" Davis, 69, of 1514 W. Callender for 36 years, died at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1992, at his home.
Born Nov. 17, 1922, in Beardstown to Norman Lee and Linnie E. DeWitt Davis, he married Marilyn J. Bour on Jan. 24, 1948, in Peoria. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Jim R., at home, John W. of Peoria and Jerold E. "Barney" of Richton Park; five daughters, Mrs. Craig (Janet L.) Sears of Decatur, Mrs. James (Joanne M.) Waechter of Morton, Judy A. Davis of Peoria, and Jill P. Davis and Mrs. Daniel (Jacki S.) Patten, both of East Peoria; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one sister, Betty Kirgan of Pekin. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
He was a former employee of the Corps of Engineers and the city of Peoria. He last was employed as a land surveyor with Associated Engineers for 22 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of St. Mark Catholic Church, St. Mark Parish Association, Peoria Versailles and the Schuyler County Historical Society. He was a World War II Coast Guard veteran.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at his church. The Rev. Robert Schladen will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, with a Scripture service at 7:30. Visitation also will be 30 minutes before services at the church. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to his church or the Saint Francis Medical Center Dialysis Unit.


Obituary of Mary I. Thompson DeSollar
Peoria Journal Star, March 4, 2004, Page: B5
Mary DeSollar 
BEARDSTOWN - Mary I. DeSollar, 59, of Beardstown died Tuesday, March 2, 2004, at her residence. 
Born March 19, 1944, in Muscatine, Iowa, to Joseph R. and Lela Gauger Thompson, she married Joseph A. DeSollar on Jan. 17, 1972, in Orlando, Fla. He survives. 
Also surviving are two sons, Michael "J. J." (and Dawn) and Alex, both of Beardstown; one daughter, Shawn (and Tharran) Hobson of Versailles; four grandchildren; two brothers, George (and Marie) Thompson of Muscatine, Iowa, and Billy (and Margaret) Thompson of Grandview, Iowa; and five sisters, Frances (and Dale) Thuma of Tipton, Iowa, Florence Boorn and Betty (and Bud) White, both of Wilton, Iowa, and Bonnie Thompson and Patsy (and Ron) Dickey, both of Muscatine. 
She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. 
She formerly worked at Knipmeyer Chevrolet, Illinois Forest Products and 4-All-Seasons Florist. She was a former Cub Scout den mother and member of the Parent-Teacher Organization. 
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beardstown, the church choir and Circle 4. She formerly held several offices, including Circle 4 president and United Methodist Women vice president. She also served on the administrative council and pastor/parish relations. She formerly taught Sunday school and was a MYF sponsor. 
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at her church. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home, where family will meet with friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. 
Memorials may be made to her church or Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Irene DeWitt
died: July 23, 1987
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 24, 1987, Page: 16
Irene DeWitt
BEARDSTOWN - Irene DeWitt, 69, of Beardstown died at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Beardstown Long Term Care Facility.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Bellville and Maxine DeWitt, both of Beardstown; and three brothers, Sidney of Browning, Jack of Springfield, and Thomas of Beardstown.
Note: She is the daughter of Sidney Calvin DeWitt I and Stella Anita Mikesell.


Obituary of Maxine DeWitt
Peoria Journal Star, October 23, 1997, Page: D8
Maxine DeWitt
BEARDSTOWN - Maxine DeWitt, 72, of 611 W. Fourth St. died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 19, 1925, in Beardstown to Sidney Calvin and Stella Mikesell DeWitt.
Surviving are three brothers, Tom DeWitt of Beardstown, Sidney DeWitt Jr. of Browning and Jack DeWitt of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four sisters.
She was a member of Browning United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sager Funeral Home, where visitation will be one hour before services. The Rev. Kevin Sheese will officiate. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.


Obituary of Sidney Calvin DeWitt II
Peoria Journal Star, January 23, 2004, Page: B4
Sidney DeWitt
BROWNING - Sidney C. DeWitt, 76, of Browning died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
Born Nov. 5, 1927, in Beardstown to Sidney Charles and Stella Mikesell DeWitt, he married Betty F. Oakman Struble on June 3, 1966, in Rushville. She died Jan. 2, 2004.
He also was preceded in death by five sisters.
Surviving are three sons, Mike of California, and Dan and Steve (and Joann), both of Texas; one daughter, Kathy (and Bob) Niestradt of Shelbyville; one stepson, John Struble of Browning; three stepdaughters, Linda (and David) Severns of Browning, Carol (and Richard) Walters of Mason City and Joan (and Robert) Hamlin of Bartonville; two brothers, Jack (and Pauline) of Springfield and Tom (and Judy) of Beardstown; 19 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
A World War II and Korean War veteran, he served in the Navy for nine years aboard the USS Pigeon and the USS Casa Grande. He attained the rank of quartermaster third class.
He had worked for several years for Burlington-Northern Railroad, Laborers Local 165 in Peoria and American Water Co., where he retired on Jan. 1, 1992, after 10 years.
He was a member of Central Christian Church in Browning.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at his church. Jeff Moore will officiate. Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to his church.


Obituary of Clarence E. Dotzert
Peoria Journal Star, December 6, 1998
Clarence Dotzert
BEARDSTOWN - Clarence E. Dotzert, 85, of rural Beardstown died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
Born Jan. 25, 1913, in Bluff Springs Township, Cass County, to Frank and Elizabeth Frank Dotzert, he married Mary Virgin on June 15, 1940, in New London, Mo. She survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Jerry, David, Michael and Douglas, all of Beardstown; one brother, Kenneth of Kickapoo; six sisters, Marie Shilling Frost of Peoria, Hazel Vincent, Hilda Tucker, Ida Tucker and Viola Dyche, all of Beardstown, and Catherine Snooks of Gosport, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
He and his wife farmed in Cass County for 50 years.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sager Funeral Home. The Rev. Elise Rothfusz will officiate. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cass County Home Health Department or Cass/Schuyler Hospice.


Obituary of Clarence "Lop" N. Dowler
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 1, 1986
Clarence N. Dowler
BEARDSTOWN - Clarence N. "Lop" Dowler, 72, of Beardstown died at 12:27 p.m. March 27 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery.
Surviving are three sisters, Florence Martin of Port Charlotte, Fla., Lucille Hopkins of Oceanside, Calif., and Frances Kiserlinger of Hoffman Estates; two brothers, Harry of Springfield and John of Oaklawn; seven nieces; and five nephews.
Note: He is the son of William Leffell Dowler and Elizabeth Marie Neil.


Obituary of Harry Leffell Dowler
died: December 20, 1990
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 22, 1990
Harry L. Dowler
Harry L. Dowler, 84, of Springfield died at 11 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Hospital.
He was born July 21, 1906, in Beardstown, the son of William and Elizabeth Neil Dowler. He married Alta Skiles in 1926, and she preceded him in death. He then married Berniece Reische in 1963. Also preceding him in death were one son, James; one brother; two sisters; and one stepgrandson.
Mr. Dowler was a member of West Side Christian Church and a member of U and I Sunday school class.
Surviving are his wife, Berniece; one stepdaughter, Mary Jane Meisner of Springfield; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, John Dowler of Chicago; and two sisters, Florence Marten of Florida and Lucille Hopkins of California.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Bisch Memorial Home, with the Rev.
Vaughn Beeman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Obituary of Henry "Hank" Meyer Drawve
Peoria Journal Star, April 8, 1999
Henry Drawve
BEARDSTOWN - Henry "Hank" Meyer Drawve, 74, of 114 E. 11th St. died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at his home.
Born June 1, 1924, in Rushville to Clifford S. and Mildred Lebkuecher Drawve, he married Imogene Brannan on Jan. 23, 1945, in Amarillo, Texas. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Gary of Springfield and C. Mark of Lerna; one daughter, Mary Ann Lehmkuhl of Beardstown; and eight grandchildren.
He attended the University of Maryland. He was in the military for 13 years, serving as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Forces as a pilot in World War II. He served in the Army Reserves and as a captain in the Army in the Korean War. He was a member of the Schuyler County American Legion. He received two bronze stars.
He was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown, Elks Lodge 1007, Sigma Chi fraternity, Knights of Columbus and served on the Cass County Board for several years.
He was a farmer in Schuyler County.
A Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at his church. The Rev. Eugene Weitzel, Roger Simpson and George Radosevich will officiate. Calling hours will be after 3 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home, with the family present from 5 to 8 p.m. today. A rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Burial of cremains will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beardstown City Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 8, 1999
Henry M. Drawve
BEARDSTOWN - Henry "Hank" Meyer Drawve, 74, of Beardstown died Tuesday, April 6, 1999, at his residence.
He was born June 1, 1924, in Rushville, the son of Clifford S. and Mildred Lebkuecher Drawve. He married Imogene Brannan in 1945 in Amarillo, Texas.
Mr. Drawve was a lifelong farmer in Schuyler County. He was a 1942 graduate of Rushville High School and attended the Univeristy of Maryland. He served in the military for 13 years, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, and the U.S. Army Reserve in the Korean War and receiving two bronze stars. He was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church and BPO Elks 1007, both in Beardstown, Sigma Chi fraternity, Knights of Columbus, Schuyler County American Legion and served on the Cass County Board for several years.
Survivors: wife, Imogene; two sons, Gary R. (wife, Pam D.) Drawve of Springfield and C. Mark (wife, Carol E.) Drawve of Lerna; a daughter, Mary Ann Lehmkuhl of Beardstown; eight grandchildren; and two aunts.
Services: Mass, 10:30 a.m. Friday, St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown, the Rev. Eugene Weitzel, Rev. Roger Simpson and Rev. George Radosevich officiating. Burial: 1 p.m. Saturday, Beardstown City Cemetery.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Death Notice of James Lewis Fishel
died: July 14, 1989
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 15, 1989
James L. Fishel
BEARDSTOWN - James L. Fishel, 66, of rural Beardstown died at 2:20 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Beardstown City Cemetery.
Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are his wife, Beda {Veda} Mae; one son, James A. Fishel of rural Beardstown; three granddaughters; one brother, Shelly Fishel of Jacksonville; one sister, Edna Schesser of Davenport, Iowa; several nieces and nephews.


Obituary of Veda "Mae" Mae Pate Fishel
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 20, 2003
Veda Fishel
BEARDSTOWN - Veda "Mae" Fishel, 80, of rural Beardstown died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in the emergency room at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
She was born March 4, 1923, in Beardstown, the daughter of Anthony Pate and Matilda Elizabeth Elrick Pate. She married James Lewis Fishel in 1941 in Bowling Green, Mo.; he preceded her in death.
Survivors: a son, James A. (wife, Marsha) Fishel of rural Beardstown; three granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Juanita "Wannie" Pate of Beardstown; a brother, Elmer (wife, Lu) Pate of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
Private graveside services: 1 p.m. Monday, Beardstown City Cemetery.
Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of the arrangements.

Peoria Journal Star, April 20, 2003
Veda Fishel
BEARDSTOWN - Veda ''Mae'' Fishel, 80, of rural Beardstown died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in the emergency room of Passavant Area Hospital.
Born March 4, 1923, in Beardstown to Anthony and Matilda Elizabeth Elrick Pate, she married James Lewis Fishel on Dec. 20, 1941, in Bowling Green, Mo. He preceded her in death.
She also was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.
Surviving are one son, James (and Marsha) of rural Beardstown; one sister, Juanita ''Wannie'' Pate of Beardstown; one brother, Elmer (and Lu) Pate of Beardstown; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Beardstown City Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


Obituary of Louise Rebman Fisher
Peoria Journal Star, August 1, 2000
Louise Fisher
BEARDSTOWN - Louise Fisher, 71, of Beardstown died Sunday, July 30, 2000, at the home of her son, David, in Beardstown.
Born Aug. 14, 1928, in Rushville to Harold Nathaniel and Martha Augusta Rohn Rebman, she married Ernest H. Fisher on July 6, 1949, in Rushville. He died Feb. 14, 1996.
She also was preceded in death by one son, Larry, and one grandson.
Surviving are three sons, Thomas (and Gaye) and David (and Linda), both of Beardstown, and Kenneth (and Renee) of Mount Sterling; three daughters, Penny (and David) Schnepper of Jacksonville, Diane (and George) Wheelock of Springfield and Cathy Stiles of Mount Sterling; two brothers, Louis (and Joyce) Rebman of Camden and Bill (and Beverly) Rebman of Beardstown; two sisters, Edna Jean (and Loran) Osborne and Mary Jane Merrey, both of Beardstown; 19 grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren.
She attended Evanston Collegiate College in Evanston.
She had been a secretary at Trinity Industries in Beardstown for seven years. She later worked for the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Cass County for 14 years, retiring in January 1992.
She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Beardstown, where she served as organist. She also played the piano at Heritage Manor East and Heritage Manor South.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today at the funeral home, where family will receive friends from 5 to 7 tonight. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.


Death Notice of Genevieve Floyd
died: November 10, 1988
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 11, 1988
Genevieve Floyd
BEARDSTOWN - Genevieve Floyd, 56, of Beardstown, formerly of Meredosia, died at 9 a.m. Thursday at Meyers Nursing Home.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Meredosia.
Schaefer-Cody Funeral Home, Meredosia, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are a son, Terry Floyd of Beardstown; two sisters, Evaline Reining of Meredosia and Josephine Logsdon of Mount Sterling; and three brothers, Francis and Gilbert, both of Meredosia, and Jesse of Jacksonville.


Obituary of David D. Forman
Peoria Journal Star, September 30, 2002, Page: B04
David Forman
RUSHVILLE - David D. Forman, 57, of Meredosia, formerly of Rushville, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
Born Nov. 25, 1944, in Beardstown to Harold Junior and Elizabeth Dace Forman, he married Barbara McDonald on Aug. 26, 1967, in Longview, Texas. She survives.
Also surviving is his father, Junior (and Merle) Forman of rural Rushville; his mother, Elizabeth Forman of Rushville; two sons, Tim of Camden and Rick of Mount Sterling; one brother, Phillip (and Norma) of Rushville; and one sister, Jane (and Gerald) Curry of Cuba.
He was a Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1963 to 1968, and was a member of the American Legion Post in Meredosia and Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post 1239 in Beardstown.
He farmed in Schuyler County near Camden for nearly 35 years.
He worked at Excel Corp. in Beardstown since 1989.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gray Cemetery near Camden. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 30, 2002, Page: 8
David D. Forman
MEREDOSIA - David D. Forman, 57, of Meredosia died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.
He was born Nov. 25, 1944, in Beardstown, the son of Harold Junior and Elizabeth Dace Forman. He married Barbara McDonald in 1967 in Longview, Texas.
Mr. Forman graduated from Rushville High School in 1962. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1963-68. He served two years in Vietnam. He farmed near Camden for 35 years and worked at Excel Corp. in Beardstown since 1989. He was a member of the American Legion Post in Meredosia and Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post 1239 in Beardstown.
Survivors: wife, Barbara; two sons, Tim Forman of Camden and Rick Forman of Mount Sterling; parents, Junior (wife, Merle) Forman of rural Rushville and Elizabeth Forman of Rushville; a brother, Phillip (wife, Norma) Forman of Rushville; and a sister, Jane (husband, Gerald) Curry of Cuba.
Graveside services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Gray Cemetery near Camden.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Charles "Steve" Steven Fritz
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, November 21, 2001, page 17, column 4
Charles Fritz
Charles Steven Fritz, 50 of Astoria, formerly of Beardstown, died Thursday morning, Nov. 15, 2001, in Beardstown.
He was born Sept. 26, 1951, in Beardstown, the son of Homer Charles and Betty Louise Coil Fritz.
Surviving are two brothers, Fred L. Fritz (wife Judy) of Carlinville and James G. Fritz (wife Joann) of Beardstown; three sisters, Judith Ann Bailey (husband Milton R.) and Beverly I. Morton (husband James) both of Hebersprings, Ark., and Linda L. Fisher (husband David) of Beardstown; one step-sister, Bettigail Dyche (husband Bill) of Beardstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Fritz graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1970 and he attended Western Illinois University and Spoon River College. He was employed at the Astoria American Legion Post. He was a member of the Havana Tuesday Night Bowling League. He had a collection of more than 150 hats, was an avid sportsman who loved to hunt and fish, and loved to play pool.
Funeral services for Steve Fritz were held Monday, Nov. 19, at the Beardstown Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Bill Couchenour officiating.
Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery. The Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of services.


Death Notice of Frances Simmons Gabbert
died: May 14, 1992
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 15, 1992
Frances Gabbert
BEARDSTOWN - Frances Gabbert, 81, of Beardstown died Thursday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Church of the Nazarene, near Bluff Springs, with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery. Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Bud (Ann) Dickman of Beardstown; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. Lois Sherren of Jacksonville, Mrs. Gertrude Booze of McMinnville, Ore., Mrs. Wylla Mae Buhl of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Mrs. Jean Sears of Denver, Colo.


Obituary of Calvin "Jake" Gaston
The Pantagraph, Bloomington, IL, January 6, 1989
The Funeral Of Calvin "Jake" Gaston
WAYNESVILLE - The Funeral Of Calvin "Jake" Gaston, 60, of Beardstown, a native of Waynesville, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln.
Michael Peitzmeier will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Waynesville, with full military rites accorded.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Gaston died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 4, 1989) at Culbertson Hospital, Rushville.
He was born June 17, 1928, in Waynesville, a son of Robert V. "Toots" and Dolly M. Cisco Gaston. He married Jeanie Lisenbee Nov. 12, 1968, in Waynesville. She survives.
Also surviving are his father, Lincoln; six sons, Calvin W., 908 S. East St.; William V., 905 W. Front St.; David L., 1713 W. Illinois St.; and Issac J., 507 W. Grove St., all of Bloomington; Halsey C., Heyworth; and Charles E., Springfield; two daughter St., Bloomington; four stepsons, Larry W. Surratt, Monmouth; Joe D. Surratt, Astoria; Richard D. Surratt, Beardstown; and George H. Surratt, Monroe, La.; two stepdaughters, Shirley Wittler, Camp Point, and Judy Young, Beardstown; one brother, Mannie, Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Wanda Morris, Freeport, and Lorine Letterle, Lincoln; 13 grandchildren; and 17 stepgrandchildren.
His mother, two daughters, one sister and one brother preceded him in death.
Mr. Gaston was employed as welder for Bectol Mowers, Sibley.
He was a member of Church of Christ, Beardstown, and was an Army veteran. 


Obituary of Norma J. Haberman
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, October 3, 2001, page 15, column 2
Norma Haberman
Norma J. Haberman, 73, of Beardstown, died early Friday, Sept. 28, 2001.
She was born Feb. 20, 1928, in Beardstown, the daughter of Charles and Beulah Allumbaugh Haberman.
Surviving are three brothers, William Haberman of Temple, Texas, Alan Haberman of Arenzville, and Roger Kent Haberman of Frederick and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Ms. Haberman graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1946. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She had worked at Kline Department Store in Beardstown many years ago and then she was employed for several years with the Illinois Department of Public Aid in Springfield. She loved to work with her family genealogy.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Matthew Haberman officiating. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials have been suggested to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Jeanne Taylor Hood
Peoria Journal Star, March 25, 1999
Jeanne Hood
FREDERICK - Jeanne Hood, 70, of Rural Route 1, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at her home.
Born March 7, 1929, in Beardstown to Roy E. and Marion Bingham Taylor, she married Albert "Buss" Hood on July 25, 1948, in Beardstown. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Norman of Rushville and Steve of Jacksonville; four brothers, Jim, Tom and David Taylor, all of Beardstown, and Donald "Dick" Taylor of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren.
One brother preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter-day Saints.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Elder Jim Elledge will officiate. Calling hours will be after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 tonight. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Hospice.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 25, 1999
Jeanne Hood
FREDERICK - Jeanne Hood, 70, of rural Frederick died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, at her residence.
She was born March 7, 1929, in Beardstown, the daughter of Roy E. and Marion Bingham Taylor. She married Albert "Buss" Hood in 1948 in Beardstown.
Mrs. Hood was a 1947 graduate of Beardstown High School and was a member of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints in Beardstown.
Survivors: husband, Albert "Buss"; two sons, Steve (wife, Julie) Hood of Jacksonville and Norman (wife, Alice) Hood of Rushville; four grandchildren; and four brothers, Jim, Tom and David Taylor, all of Beardstown, and Donald "Dick" Taylor of Indianapolis.
Services: 10 a.m. Friday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown, with Jim Elledge officiating. Burial: Rushville City Cemetery.


Obituary of Elaine M. Unger Hulvey
Peoria Journal Star, July 18, 2003
Elaine Hulvey
CAMDEN - Elaine M. Hulvey, 57, of Camden died at 9:36 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
Born Jan. 30, 1946, in Beardstown to Edwin S. and Lorraine Bunfill Unger, she married Eugene Hulvey on Oct. 4, 1974, near Camden. He survives.
Also surviving are her mother of Ava, Mo.; one stepson, Doug (and Lori) of Camden; two stepdaughters, Charlotte (and Richard) Tillitt of Murphysboro and Sheila (and Tim) Ward of Rushville; one brother, the Rev. Allen (and Glenda) Unger of Blandinsville; three sisters, Rosemary Unger (and Don Sparrow) of Cary, N.C., Lucy Unger of Charlotte, N. C., and Eloise (and Les) Hallmark of Ava; and seven stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and one brother.
She had attended Ozark Bible Institute in Arkansas.
She was the head of the printing department at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and then worked in the printing department at Critic Foods in Beardstown. She later worked for Schuyler County Home Extension and was coordinator of RSVP at the time of her death. She and her husband also farmed for 20 years.
She was a member of Bethany Church near Camden.
She also was a member of Buena Vista Mothers Club and Schuyler County Home Extension Association, where she served as the public relations liaison.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville, where visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The Rev. Allen Unger will officiate. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Schuyler Senior Citizens Center or to her church.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, July 18, 2003
Elaine M. Hulvey
CAMDEN - Elaine M. Hulvey, 57, of Camden died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
She was born Jan. 30, 1946, in Beardstown, the daughter of Edwin S. and Lorraine Bunfill Unger. She married Eugene Hulvey in 1974 near Camden.
Mrs. Hulvey attended the Ozark Bible Institute in Arkansas and worked at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she was head of the printing department. She then worked in the printing department of Critic Feeds in Beardstown and farmed with her husband for 20 years. She also worked for the Schuyler County Home Extension and was coordinator of the RSVP.
She was a member of Bethany Church near Camden, Buena Vista Mothers Club and Schuyler County Home Extension Association as the public relations liaison.
Survivors: husband, Eugene; a stepson, Doug (wife, Lori) Hulvey of Camden; two stepdaughters, Charlotte (husband, Richard) Tillitt of Murphysboro and Sheila (husband, Tim) Ward of Rushville; seven step-grandchildren; mother, Lorraine Unger of Ava, Mo.; a brother, the Rev. Allen (wife, Glenda) Unger of Blandinsville; and three sisters, Rosemary Unger (husband, Don Sparrow) of Carey, N.C., Lucy Unger of Charlotte, N.C., and Eloise (husband, Les) Hallmark of Ava.
Services: 2 p.m. Sunday, Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville, the Rev. Allen Unger officiating. Burial: Rushville City Cemetery.


Obituary of Allie "Al" Humphrey
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, March 3, 1999
Allie Humphrey
BEARDSTOWN - Allie Humphrey, 80, of Beardstown died Monday, March 1, 1999, at St. John's Hospital.
He was born June 7, 1918, in Schuyler County, the son of William E. and Lela M. Belville Humphrey. He married Marie Heller in 1963; she preceded him in death in 1994.
Mr. Humphrey had been employed at McDougal-Hartman Construction in Peoria and had been a dispatcher for the Cass County Sheriff's Department. He was also a bus driver for the Beardstown School District until his retirement in 1980. He attended schools in Schuyler County and Peoria and served in the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during World War II. He was a member of Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post 1239 in Beardstown and the Browning United Methodist Church.
Survivors: several stepchildren; several step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; several step-great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Andy (wife, Evelyn) Humphrey of Peoria; four sisters, June Barnett of Bluff City, Ethel Perpich of Elmwood, Mrs. Earl (Emma) Hamlin of Browning, and Mrs. Gary (Margaret) Bopp of Astoria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Browning United Methodist Church, the Rev. Joe Tomich officiating. Burial: Browning Cemetery.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Betty L. Fritz Ingles
Peoria Journal Star, March 20, 1997
Betty Ingles
RUSHVILLE - Betty L. Ingles, 68, of Rushville died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 1997, at her residence.
Born Nov. 27, 1928, in Beardstown to Charles and Bertha Summey Fritz, she married John Ingles on Nov. 16, 1947, in Beardstown. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Bill and Kerry, both of Rushville; one daughter, Mrs. Danny (Lynn) Moore of Rushville; one brother, James Fritz of Beardstown; two sisters, Mary Ashcraft and Aileen Figgiaro, both of Beardstown; 12 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. One grandson, twin great-grandsons, three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
She and her husband owned and operated John's Grill in Rushville for 20 years. She later was a nurse's aide at Culbertson Memorial Hospital for 15 years, retiring in 1995. She was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel. The Rev. John Ashcraft will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Reese L. Ingles
Peoria Journal Star, August 23, 1993, Page: B3
Reese Ingles
BEARDSTOWN - Reese L. Ingles, 59, of Beardstown, formerly of Springfield, died at 9:56 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 22, 1993, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born April 13, 1934, in Schuyler County to Charles and Hallie Thomas Ingles.
Surviving are his mother of Beardstown; one brother, John of Rushville; one sister, Mrs. Warren (Lillian) Huddleston of Mahomet; and several nieces and nephews. One brother preceded him in death.
He was a computer operator for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for 12 years and was a beauty operator at American Beauty Salon in Springfield for 17 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m Wednesday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery in Rushville.
Memorials may be to American Heart Association.


Obituary of David Hart Johnson
Wood Funeral Home Obituary
David Hart Johnson
David Hart Johnson, 54, of Splendora, Texas, formerly of Rushville, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2007 at his home.
He was born on May 14, 1953 in Beardstown, Illinois, the son of Beverly and Melba Johnson.
Surviving are his wife, the former Nancy Jackson, his parents Beverly "Budgie" and Melba Johnson of Rushville, three daughters: Shawn Willing (Chris) and Sheri Johnson all of Quincy and Catrina Swenson (Joseph Carter) of Cleveland, Texas, step children: John Jackson of Quincy, Jennifer Baughman (Michael) of Peoria, 6 grandchildren: Khristopher, Kutter, Adreanna, Timothy, John Michael, and Gregory, two sisters: Debra Logan and (George) of Virginia and Dixie Moorman (Earl) of Palmyra and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
David attended Rushville High School and Morrison Technical School, where he studied drafting. He was the assistant manager of the Steak N Shake in Quincy and the Flying J in Houston, TX. He was particularly proud of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, at the Rushville City Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 Thursday at the Wood Funeral Home in Rushville. Memorials may be given to the charity of one's choice.
Note: His mom is Melba Crumley, daughter of Herbert Franklin Crumley and Flossie "June" June Brackett.


Obituary of Delores A. Belville Jones
Peoria Journal Star, July 28, 1994, Page: D6
Delores Jones
RUSHVILLE - Delores A. Jones, 54, of Rushville died at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 1994, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.
She was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Browning to Perry Carlyle "Tater" and Christina C. Harris Belville. She was formerly married to Freddie Jones. He survives in Rushville.
Also surviving are her mother of Beardstown; two sons, Rick Walters and Shawn Jones, both of Rushville; three daughters, Trish Thompson and Rita Koch, both of Rushville, and Marcie Barrett of Brooklyn; four brothers, Robert Wayne Belville Sr., Jackie Belville and Dennis Belville Sr., all of Rushville, and Larry Belville of Beardstown; four sisters, Janet Belville of Beardstown, Jerris Danner of Rushville, Sandra Jockish of Vermont, Ill., and Carolyn Barrett of Jacksonville; and 10 grandchildren. Her father and one sister preceded her in death.
She was a waitress at Mary's Cafe in Rushville, retiring in 1986. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Worthington Funeral Home. David Haney will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Schuyler County Cancer Fund.


Obituary of Josephine P. Parker Friend Knudsen
Peoria Journal Star, June 26, 1992
Josephine Knudsen
GALESBURG - Josephine P. Knudsen, 83, of 903 Harrison St. died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, 1992, at St. Mary Medical Center.
Born Feb. 27, 1909, in Beardstown to Orlie V. and Ola Vance Parker, she married Edward Friend on Feb. 25, 1932, in Beardstown. He died in August 1942. She later married Kenneth L. Knudsen on Sept. 24, 1966, in Joliet. He survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Beatrice O. Friend of Homewood; one stepson, William Knudsen of Downers Grove; and four grandchildren.
She was a graduate of the former Illinois Women's College.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Galesburg and its WELCA Miriam Guild.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at her church. The Rev. Arnold Thoren will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Astoria Cemetery, Astoria. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Galesburg is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to her church.


Obituary of Betty M. Becker Lael
Peoria Journal Star, April 15, 2000
Betty Lael
BEARDSTOWN - Betty M. Lael, 72, of 514 W. 10th St. died Friday, April 14, 2000, at her residence.
Born Aug. 8, 1927, in Beardstown to William Floyd and Vera Wardell Becker, she married Ross ''Bill'' Lael on Aug. 9, 1947, in Beardstown. He died April 24, 1993.
One brother also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Terry of Beardstown; three daughters, Patsy (and Bill) Barnhart, Joyce (and John) Andris and Joann (and Bob) Gielau, all of Beardstown; one brother, Dick Becker of Grottoes, Va.; one sister, Maxine Rebman of Rushville; seven grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
She formerly worked for Merrie and Mi-Dear Ships.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Beardstown. She also was a member of Guthrie-Pierce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1239 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was a charter member of Beardstown Emblem Club 474.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Sager Funeral Home, where friends may call from 4 to 7 tonight. The Rev. LeRoy Hedrick will officiate. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Dwain "Dewey" W. Landes
Eagle Publications, June 13, 2007
Dwain W. "Dewey" Landes
Dwain W. "Dewey" Landes, 77, Beardstown, died at 7:57 p.m., Sunday, June 10, 2007, at St. John's Medical Center, Springfield.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at First Southern Baptist Church, Beardstown, with Pastor Roger Barnes officiating.
Burial will be in Browning Cemetery, Browning.
Memorials may be made to First Southern Baptist Church, Beardstown.
Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, is in charge of arrangements.

Peoria Journal Star, June 12, 2007
Landes, Dwain
BEARDSTOWN - Dwain W. "Dewey" Landes, 77, of 1211 Beard St. passed away at 7:57 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2007, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Southern Baptist Church in Beardstown, where visitation will be one hour before and from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.

The State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 12, 2007
Landes, Dwain W.
BEARDSTOWN - Dwain W. Landes, 77, of Beardstown died Sunday, June 10, 2007, at St. John's Medical Center.
Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Jack L. Landes
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, October 30, 2003
Jack L. Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Jack L. Landes, 69, of Beardstown died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. Johns Hospital.
He was born May 8, 1934, in Beardstown, the son of Kent and Lutie Waugh Landes.
Mr. Landes was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1952-55 on the USS Holder. He worked for Trinity Steel and Oscar Mayer, both in Beardstown. He retired from Precision Tank in Virginia.
Survivors: three daughters, Jamie Landes of Columbia, Mo., Karen (husband, Bob) Simpson of Beardstown and Dottie (husband, Alan) Evans of Havana; a son, Jack D. (wife, Jean) Landes of Pittsfield; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; six brothers, Harold "Bud," Vernon "Nuck," Arthur "Bump" (wife, Jackie), Dwayne "Dewey" (wife, Wanda), Raymond "Ray" (wife, Carolyn) and Robert "Bob" (wife, Mary) Landes, all of Beardstown; and many nieces and nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Friday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Cremation rites will then be accorded. 

Peoria Journal Star, October 30, 2003
Jack Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Jack L. Landes, 69, of 1015 Pine St. died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born May 8, 1934, in Beardstown to Kent and Lutie Waugh Landes.
Surviving are three daughters, Jamie Landes of Columbia, Mo., Karen (and Bob) Simpson of Beardstown and Dottie (and Alan) Evans of Havana; one son, Jack (and Jean) of Pittsfield; six brothers, Harold "Bud," Vernon "Nuck," Arthur "Bump" (and Jackie), Dwayne "Dewey" (and Wanda), Raymond (and Carolyn) and Robert (and Mary), all of Beardstown; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1952 to 1955 aboard the USS Holder.
He worked for Trinity Steel and Oscar Mayer, both in Beardstown, and retired from Precision Tank in Virginia, Ill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sager Funeral Home, where visitation will be 11/2 hours before. Cremation will be accorded after the services.
Memorials may be made to Guthrie-Pierce Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1239.


Obituary of Metta Louise Reiley Ross Landes
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 15, 2004, Page: 34
Metta L. Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Metta Louise Reiley Ross Landes, 77, of Beardstown, formerly of North Hollywood, Calif., died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
She was born July 12, 1927, in Moline, the daughter of James Whitcomb and Vera Hollenback Reiley. She married Bert A. Ross II in 1944; he preceded her in death. She married Harold "Bud" Landes in 1977; they divorced.
A son, James Reiley Ross, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Landes worked at nursing homes in Beardstown, Virginia and Jacksonville and as a caregiver.
Survivors: son, Bert A. Ross III of Rushville; daughter, Susan L. (husband, Ed) Jones of Rushville; four granddaughters; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Jeanette Haig of Magnolia; many nieces and nephews; and ex-husband and companion, Harold of Beardstown.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Browning Cemetery.

Peoria Journal Star, August 15, 2004, Page: B6
Metta Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Metta Louise Reiley Ross Landes, 77, of Beardstown died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
Born July 12, 1927, in Moline to James Whitcomb and Vera Hollenback Reiley, she married Bert A. Ross II on Feb. 13, 1944. He preceded her in death. She later married Harold "Bud" Landes in 1977. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, Bert Ross III of Rushville; one daughter, Susan (and Ed) Jones of Rushville; one sister, Jeanette Haig of Magnolia; four granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Reiley Ross; seven brothers; and one sister.
She had worked at nursing homes in Beardstown, Virginia and Jacksonville. She most recently worked as a caregiver.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital.


Obituary of Vernon "Nuck" K. Landes
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 12, 2006
Vernon K. Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Vernon K. "Nuck" Landes, 83, of Beardstown died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown.
He was born May 3, 1922, in Beardstown, the son of Kent and Lutie Waugh Landes. He married Mary Louise Oakman in 1975; she died in 1983.
Mr. Landes served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1944. He was a commercial fisherman.
Survivors: five brothers, Harold "Bud," Arthur "Bumps" (wife, Jackie), Dwain "Dewey" (wife, Wanda), Raymond (wife, Carolyn) and Bob (wife, Mary) Landes, all of Beardstown; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Beardstown City Cemetery.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements. 

Peoria Journal Star, April 12, 2006
Vernon Landes
BEARDSTOWN - Vernon K. "Nuck" Landes, 83, of Beardstown died Monday, April 10, 2006, at Heritage Manor East.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Beardstown City Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday at Sager Funeral Home.


Death of Ruth M. Leach
Peoria Journal Star, April 14, 2006
Beardstown - Ruth M. Leach, 94, of Beardstown died Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Beardstown, where friends may call the family one hour before. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Judith "Judy" Ann Rockwell Leatherdale
The Rushville Times, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, page 3B, column 4
Judith "Judy" Leatherdale
Mrs. Judith Ann "Judy" Leatherdale, 59, of Quincy, died Monday, June 9, 2003, in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
She was born Nov. 18, 1943, in Beardstown, the daughter of Ernest E. and Doris Maxine Croxton Rockwell. She married Ronnie L. Leatherdale on Aug. 8, 1961, in Beardstown. He survives.
Mrs. Leatherdale was a graduate of Rushville High School and a member of Crossroad Church.
Also surviving are her mother, Doris Rockwell of Quincy; two sons, Gerald Hugh Leatherdale of Mt. Sterling, and Ronnie Leatherdale II of Quincy; a son-in-law, Scott Holman of Belvidere; a daughter, Kelly Loring Leatherdale of Belvidere; three grandchildren; four brothers, Gary Rockwell (wife Cathy) and Jerry Rockwell (wife Lisa) all of Quincy, Jack Rockwell (wife Sharon) of Paragould, Ark., and Erlin Rockwell of Beardstown; and three sisters, Reita Klauser (husband Richard) of Mendon, Juanita Hultz (husband Ronald) of LaGrange, Mo., and Marsha Grotz (husband Steve) of Quincy.
She was preceded in death by her father, and one sister, Joyce Lisenbee.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in River of Life Family Church conducted by Pastor Lindy Sloan. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date in Sunset Cemetery. Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
There is no visitation, but friends are invited to attend the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the Crossroad Church.


Obituary of Charles "Chuck" E. Lebkuecher
Peoria Journal Star, August 1, 2004
Charles Lebkuecher
BEARDSTOWN - Charles E. "Chuck" Lebkuecher, 45, of Edwardsville, formerly of Beardstown, died at 2:09 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2004, at St. Joseph's Medical Center in St. Charles, Mo.
Born April 28, 1959, in Beardstown to Charles F. and Alice Hays Lebkuecher, he married Joan Bardelmeier on Oct. 21, 2000. She survives.
Also surviving are his mother of Beardstown; one stepson, Connor Hannon of Glen Carbon; one stepdaughter, Julia Hannon of Glen Carbon; one brother, John Long of Jacksonville; and one sister, Carolyn (and Garth) Cripe of Astoria.
He was preceded in death by his father.
He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
He worked as a commercial claim examiner for American Family Insurance. He had worked at Horitca in commercial property claim adjusting for 14 years.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Weber Hurd Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Glen Carbon. A memorial service will be held in Beardstown at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Metro East Humane Society or the Edwardsville YMCA Capital Campaign. 

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 17, 2004
Charles E. Lebkuecher
GLEN CARBON - Charles E. "Chuck" Lebkuecher, 45, of Glen Carbon, formerly of Beardstown, died Friday, July 30, 2004, in St. Charles, Mo.
He was born April 28, 1959, in Beardstown, the son of Charles F. and Alice Hays Long Lebkuecher. He married Joan Bardelmeier Hannon in 2000.
Mr. Lebkuecher graduated from Beardstown High School and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He worked as a commercial claim examiner for American Family Insurance and in commercial property claim adjusting for Hortica for 14 years.
Survivors: wife, Joan; two stepchildren, Connor and Julia Hannon, both of Glen Carbon; mother, Alice of Beardstown; brother, John Long of Jacksonville; sister, Carolyn (husband, Garth) Cripe of Astoria; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services: 11 a.m. Saturday, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beardstown, the Rev. David Natzke officiating. Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Edwardsville.
Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of local arrangements. 


Obituary of Darla J. Leverton
Wood Funeral Home Obituary
Darla J. Leverton
Darla J. Leverton, 54, of Macomb, passed away at 8:12 AM, Thursday, November 9, 2006 at her home after a long illness. 
She was born on October 7, 1952 in Beardstown, Illinois, the daughter of the late Chester and Barbara (Phillips) Leverton. 
A 1970 graduate of Augusta High School, she worked at Pot-Pourri Flowers in Rushville, a flower shop in Macomb, with flowers and in the greenhouse of Bridgeway, Heilig-Meyers and in the kitchen at the Pineapple Inn all in Macomb. She enjoyed baking and cooking. She was concerned about her family, that she loved very much. 
Surviving are one brother Doug Leverton of Mt. Sterling, four sisters Rhonda Eickhoff and husband John of Columbia, Missouri, Pam Webb and husband Ron and Melinda Myers and husband Mark all of Augusta and Lisa Greiner and husband Peter of Albia, Iowa, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew Justin Eickhoff.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 11, 2006 at the Cooperstown Cemetery near Cooperstown with Pastor Mike Cahill officiating. Interment will follow in the Cooperstown Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be given to the Dream Factory (Make-A-Wish Foundation).


Obituary of Sherlyn L. Spillers Lincoln
Peoria Journal Star, December 23, 1996
Sherlyn Lincoln
RUSHVILLE - Sherlyn L. Lincoln, 60, of Beardstown, formerly of Rushville, died at 1:31 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, 1996, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
She was born Feb. 2, 1936, in Schuyler County to Curry and Ida Downs Spiller{s}.
Surviving are one son, James of Beardstown, and one daughter, Loretta Lincoln of Springfield. One brother and one sister preceded her in death.
She was a member of Sugar Grove United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel. The Rev. Wayne Bonser will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to any charity.


from Char Beyer:
Obituary of Elmer "Bub" Logsdon, Captain
died: 1974
Elmer Logsdon, lifelong Beardstown resident, died at Schmitt Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning. 
Mr. Logsdon was a river boat captain and pilot for most of his life. 
He was the owner of Elmer Logsdon River Construction Company, owning and operating the Clyde 1, the Elod and the Sprig.
Born in Beardstown on April 9, 1908, the son of Curtis and Clara Dosier Logsdon. He married Blanche Smith on July 1? (illegible), 1926 at Virginia, Ill.
Mr. Logsdon was a member of Owls Lodge No. ? (illegible) and A.M. Carpenters Union No. 904 Local of Jacksonville and operating Engineer Local No. ?, (illegible).


Death Notice of Elmer "Bub" Dale Logsdon
died: June 14, 1986
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 16, 1986
Elmer D. Logsdon
BEARDSTOWN - Elmer Dale Logsdon, 57, of rural Beardstown died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon at Beardstown Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kline Funeral Home with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Sue; one daughter, Mrs. Ed (Lynn) Hoover of rural Pittsfield; two sons, Dana Kim Logsdon and Matthew Dale Logsdon, both of Beardstown; one stepson, Tim Best of Beardstown; two stepdaughters, Angela Reller and Kathy Best, both of Beardstown; two sisters, Eleanor Kirchner and Lee Ann Gibbons, both of Beardstown; three grandchildren.


Obituary of Lela F. Holtkamp Logsdon
Peoria Journal Star, April 21, 1998
Lela Logsdon
RUSHVILLE - Lela F. Logsdon, 68, of Rushville died at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at her home.
Born Jan. 24, 1930, in Brown County to Urbin and Verley Letha Burnett Holtkamp, she married Glenn G. "King" Logsdon on July 15, 1950, in Palmyra, Mo. He died April 29, 1992. One son, Glenn, one brother and one sister also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Scotty of Sunrise, Fla.; one stepson, Larry Logsdon of Riverton; two stepbrothers, Clarence Leverton of East Peoria and Raymond Leverton of Bartonville; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
She and her husband managed Logsdon's Service in Ripley for 13 years. She later worked with the homemaker program through Schuyler County Health Department for 11 years.
She was a member of Ripley Christian Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia, Ill. The Rev. Robert Belew will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel.


Obituary of Lela F. Holtkamp Logsdon
Peoria Journal Star, April 21, 1998
Lela Logsdon
RUSHVILLE - Lela F. Logsdon, 68, of Rushville died at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 1998, at her home.
Born Jan. 24, 1930, in Brown County to Urbin and Verley Letha Burnett Holtkamp, she married Glenn G. "King" Logsdon on July 15, 1950, in Palmyra, Mo. He died April 29, 1992. One son, Glenn, one brother and one sister also preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Scotty of Sunrise, Fla.; one stepson, Larry Logsdon of Riverton; two stepbrothers, Clarence Leverton of East Peoria and Raymond Leverton of Bartonville; two grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
She and her husband managed Logsdon's Service in Ripley for 13 years. She later worked with the homemaker program through Schuyler County Health Department for 11 years.
She was a member of Ripley Christian Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia, Ill. The Rev. Robert Belew will officiate. There will be no visitation. Arrangements are by Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel.


Obituary of Sally Jo Pate Pherigo
Peoria Journal Star, September 19, 1995, Page: D6
Sally Pherigo
BEARDSTOWN - Sally Jo Pherigo, 55, of rural Beardstown, died at 5:17 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 1995, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Born Aug. 26, 1940, near Beardstown to Clarence H. and Ileen VanHyning Cassidy Pate, she married Robert Pherigo on Sept. 7, 1957, in Beardstown. He survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Bob Jr. and Randy, both of Beardstown; three daughters, Bille Jo Bollinger and Debbie Knous, both of Beardstown, and Sherry Warden of Albuquerque, N. M.; two brothers, Tom Pate of Beardstown and Clarence "Corky" Pate of Rushville; eight sisters, Joy Taylor, Brenda Gaus, Marcia Knous, Judy Hawk, Sandy Fox and Lonnie Suddeth, all of Beardstown, Linda Derry of Industry and Pat Humphery of Peoria; and six grandchildren.
She attended Beardstown schools and had worked at the St. Luke Heath Care Facility for 15 years. She was a member of the Beardstown Worship Center and TOPS. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown. The Rev. Don Rowan will officiate. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Social Services of Beardstown.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 19, 1995, Page: 14
Sally J. Pherigo
BEARDSTOWN - Sally Jo Pherigo, 55, of rural Beardstown died Sunday at St. John's Hospital.
Survivors: husband, Robert; two sons, Bob Jr. and Randy Pherigo, both of Beardstown; three daughters, Billie Jo Bollinger and Debbie Knous, both of Beardstown, and Sherry Warden of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Tom Pate of Beardstown and Clarence "Corky" Pate of Rushville; and eight sisters, Joy Taylor, Brenda Gaus, Marcia Knous, Judy Hawk, Sandy Fox and Lonnie Suddeth, all of Beardstown, Linda Derry of Industry and Pat Humphery of Peoria.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sager Funeral Home, Beardstown. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.


Obituary of Walter P. Randall
Herald-Whig, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois
March, 2, 1950
Kellerville Man Is Found Dead
Kellerville, Ill., March 2 - Walter Phillip Randall, farmer of near Kellerville, was found dead in the yard of his home Wednesday afternoon by his wife, Bessie. An inquest will be held this morning at 10 in the Frey funeral home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Mr. Randall was born July 15, 1878 in Cass county, a son of Simeon and Elizabeth Randall. He was a member of the Holiness church near Kellerville and the Modern Woodsmen of America. He has spent most of his life in the Kellerville community with the exception of four years in Quincy, Ill.
He was married April 27, 1900 to Miss Queen Hanks who died in 1912. He was married to Miss Bessie Ward April 16, 1918.
Survivors include his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Clause Kee, near Beverly, and Mrs. Walter Teaney of Quincy; a foster daughter, Mrs. Teryon Schoch of Quincy; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was the last of a family of seven children.

Herald-Whig, Quincy, Adams County, Illinois
March 3, 1950
Walter P. Randall
Liberty, Ill, March 3 - Funeral services for Walter Phillip Randall, who was found dead early Wednesday afternoon in the yard of his home near Kellerville, will be at 1 in the Frey funeral home here. Burial will be in Richland Cemetery, near Ripley.


Obituary of Rich Rebman
Peoria Journal Star, September 12, 1998, Page: B4
Rich Rebman
Beardstown - Rich Rebman, 44, of 1404 E. Ninth St. died Thursday, Sept. 10, 1998, at his residence.
Born Jan. 29, 1954, in Beardstown to George and Lena Clark Rebman, he married Candace Miller on July 5, 1975, in Beardstown. She survives.
Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. Rick (Dixie) Jones of Beardstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He formerly worked at Maclean Forge in Havana and Rich Lumber and Oscar Mayer, both in Beardstown. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 2040 in Havana.
He was a 1972 graduate of Beardstown High School.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Beardstown. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at Sager Funeral Home, where the family will meet friends from 6 to 8 tonight.
Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.


Obituary of Enoch P. Rittenhouse
The Illinoian Star Daily Edition, Beardstown, IL, June 1, 1914
War Veteran Passed Away
Enoch Rittenhouse, who has been making his home with his granddaughter, Mrs. Roy Hood, at Crane Creek Drainage District, and a Civil War veteran, passed away Sunday evening at 5:30 o'clock, at the age of 72 years.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock and interment will be made in Fairfield cemetery.
Deceased leaves one son, Walter, of Ribe, Colo., one daughter, Mrs. Louis Persinger of Grand Forks, ND, besides eight grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to mourn his death.
Note: He was born March 01, 1842, died May 31, 1914, married Lucinda Terrill on January 07, 1865.


Obituary of J. C. Robertson
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 1, 1999, Page: 31
J. C. Robertson
BEARDSTOWN - J. C. Robertson, 84, of Beardstown died Sunday, May 30, 1999, at Heritage Manor South, Beardstown.
He was born Oct. 5, 1914, in Browning, the son of Fred and Ethel McFetridge Robertson. He married Kathryn Marie Brewer in Palmyra, Mo., in 1941; she preceded him in death in 1992.
Mr. Robertson was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors: three sons, Reginald and Kenneth Allen Robertson, both of Beardstown, and Daniel Robertson of Alliance, Neb.; four grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Browning Cemetery.
Cline Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Obituary of Kathryn Marie Brewer Robertson
died: February 17, 1992
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, February 19, 1992, Page: 14
Kathryn Robertson
BEARDSTOWN - Kathryn Robertson, 68, of Beardstown died at 4:06 p.m. Monday at St. Luke's Long Term Care Facility, Beardstown.
Graveside services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Browning Cemetery.
Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are her husband, J. C.; three sons, Reginald J. and Kenneth Allen, both of Beardstown, and Daniel Gordan, of Alliance, Neb.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Pat Brewer of Beardstown.


Death Notice of Walter "Dick" Wedeking
died: August 17, 1989
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, August 20, 1989
Walter Wedeking
BEARDSTOWN - Walter "Dick" Wedeking, 71, of Beardstown died at 7:40 a.m. Thursday at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, Beardstown. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery.
Cline Funeral Home, Beardstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are his wife, Mildred; five daughters, Brenda Antrim, Mrs. Bill (Janet) Logsdon, Mrs. Mark (Debby) Edwards, Mrs. Joseph (Julie) Theivagt, all of Beardstown, Mrs. Robert (Jennifer) Cagle of Columbus, Ga.; one son, Richard Steven of Beardstown; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.






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