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Aline M Amling
ALINE M. AMLING, 80, died Wednesday at Lutheran Home Inc. Born in Pana, Ill., she retired in 1979 as a medical secretary from Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller Institute in New York after 20 years. Surviving are a sister, Hallie Shaw of Fort Wayne and several nieces and nephews. Services at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Home Chapel, 6700 S. Anthony Blvd. Calling one hour before services. Burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hillside, Ill. Memorials to Lutheran Home Inc.
News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN) - May 17, 2001
Aline M. Amling, 80, of Fort Wayne, a medical secretary, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Lutheran Home. The Pana, Ill., native had worked for Sloan Kettering and for the Rockefeller Institute in New York for more than 20 years. She was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church. Surviving are a sister, Hallie Shaw of Fort Wayne; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Amling. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Home Chapel, 6700 S. Anthony Blvd., with calling one hour before services. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Hillsdale, Ill. Information provided by Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Homes, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St.
[The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 17 May 2001, Submitted By Ida Maack Recu]

Carmen Kay Bouvet
Carmen K. Bouvet, 67, of Taylorville died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2009, in Meadow Manor Nursing Home.
He was born February 27, 1941, in Taylorville, the son of Desire and Minnie McComb Bouvet. He married Cheryl A. White on December 29, 1976, in Springfield. He was a carpenter, working out of Carpenter's Union Local 16 in Springfield. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Surviving are his wife; daughters: Chrystal Bouvet and Michelle Bouvet, both of Taylorville; granddaughters: Alexandra Bouvet and Mikayln Bouvet; brother, Gene (wife Phyllis) Bouvet of Tovey; sister, Marilyn (husband Don) Blakey of Las Vegas, NV; and sister-in-law, Darlene Bouvet of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his parents; sons: Rick G. Vatthauer and Jeff Vatthauer; brother: Jack Bouvet; and sisters: Betty Gehrs, Norma Riva, Hattie Dulakis and Carolyn Cook.
There will be no services or visitation.
Burial was in Camp Butler National Cemetery, Riverton.
McClure Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
["The Breeze-Courier", 13 Jan 2009 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Mary Carrell
McClure, Ill.--Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Carrell of Pana was held Sept. 5. Burial was in Oak Ridge Glenn Oak Cemetery in Maywood.
Mrs. Carrell, 91 years old, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 1989, at Country Care Center.
She was born July 13, 1898, daughter of Fred and Eva Sitton Douglas. She married Frederick H. Carrell Sept. 30, 1915, in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He died July 29, 1962. They farmed in Pana before moving to Chicago. She was a member of Judson Baptist Church in Oak Park.
Survivors include a son, Clyde Carrell of Pana; a daughter, Joyce Doll of bonita Springs, Fla.; three sisters, Joyce Newton of McClure, Rose Bradley of Ellisville, Mo.; Bess Dillow of Wood River, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
-- [Southeast Missourian, 9-13-1959 Contributed by Anna Newell]

Daniel Thomas DeBrun Sr.
Daniel Thomas DeBrun, 59 of Pana died at 7 a.m. Friday at his residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Patricks Church, Pana, with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Pana Township.
Kennedy and Sons Funeral Home, Pana, is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are his wife Naomi Sally, a son, Thomas of Pana, a daughter Dorothy Corrigan of Lombard, a brother Jermone of Owaneco and three sisters, Josephine Stringer, Onerine Miller and Hattie Wonbrok all of Assumption.
[State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) - June 23, 1990 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Dorothea V. Debrun - nee Sowash
OWANECO - Dorothea "Dot" "Gaan" Virginia DeBrun, 90, of Owaneco died Monday, May 27, 2002, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Pana.
She was born June 2, 1911, in Decatur, the daughter of Glen Sowash and Russell and Leona Fogler.
She married Jerome DeBrun Sr. in St. Louis; he preceded her in death.
A son, Robert Carder, and a daughter, Wanda Pratt, also preceded her in death.
Mrs. DeBrun was a homemaker.
Survivors: a son, Jerome (Christy) DeBrun Jr. of Tennessee; a daughter, Sharon (Mike) Potsick of Moweaqua; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (Gary) Sergent of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two nephews.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home Chapel, the Rev. Lawrence Gibson officiating.
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery in Assumption.
[State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - May 30, 2002 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Jerome E. DeBrun
Jerome E. DeBrun, Jr., 57, of Taylorville, formerly of Owaneco, died at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009, in Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
He was born September 17, 1951, in Taylorville, the son of Jerome E. "Beezer" and Dorothea V. "Dot" Sowash DeBrun.
He worked at Firestone for 15 years and then retired as a car salesman after 20 years of service. He enjoyed working on the family farm and fishing. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears.
Surviving are his daughters: Heather Y. (husband Eric) Adams of Taylorville and Brandy DeBrun of Texas; grandchildren: BreAnna Adams and Mikel Adams, both of Taylorville; ex-wives: Angie Murphy and Hattie Mae Brockelsby; half-sister, Sharon J. (husband Michael) A Potsick of Moweaqua; aunt, Onerine Miller of Decatur; seven nieces; and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; half-brother, Robert E. Carder; and half-sister, Wanda L. Pratt.
Graveside inturnment services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, in St. Mary's Cemetery, Assumption, with Rev. Jonathon Maloney officiating.
There will be no visitation. Sutton Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements
[The Breeze-Courier (Taylorville, IL) - July 17, 2009 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

James E. DeBrun
OWANECO -- Jerome E. "Beezer" DeBrun 80, of Owaneco died Wednesday at Pana Community Hospital.
Survivors: wife, Dorothea; two daughters, Mrs. Stan (Wanda) Pratt of Taylorville and Mrs. Mike (Sharon) Potsick of Mowequa; a son, Jerome DeBrun of Taylorville; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hattie Wondrok, Josephine Stinger and Onerine Miller, all of Assumption; and several nieces and nephews.
Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sutton Memorial Chapel, Taylorville.
Burial: St. Mary's Cemetery, Assumption.
[The State Journal-Register, (Springfield, IL) - October 4, 1996 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

John W. DeBrun
John W. Debrun Sr. Taylorville, IL., Jan. 21st. 78 years old, head of the Debrun Road Improvement company of Assumption, died today in his home.
His widow and four children survive.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at Assumption. [Chicago Tribune - January 22, 1939 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Naomi S. DeBrun - nee Vanus
Naomi DeBrun, 73 died Tuesday (Jan. 9, 1996).
Survivors; a son, Thomas V. of Pana, a daughter Dorothy Corrigan of Aurora, Colo.; Sister, Shirley Tarvin, Springfield; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Preceded by parents, husband, brother and three infant children
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Church, Pana.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Kennedy and Sons Funeral Home, Pana, with 7:30 p.m. rosary.
Burial Calvary Cemetery, Pana.[Harold & Review (Decatur, IL) – January 11, 1996 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Robert L. DeBrun
Assumption – Robert Leo DeBrun, 72 of Assumption died Wednesday, July 27, 2005 in Pleasant Hill.
He was born Nov. 26, 1932 in Pana, the son of William and Matilda Finnegan DeBrun.
Mr. DeBrun graduated from Assumption High School in 1950. He served in the Korean War, earning a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He worked for the Illinois Sheriff’s Association and owned and operated Robert DeBrun Asphalt Co. in Assumption. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Assumption and a former commander of Post 6577.
Survivors; two daughters, Julie Stinnet of Virden and Jill DeBrun (companion, Ryan Slightom) of Auburn; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; brother Tom (Kay) DeBrun of North Carolina; and two sisters, Joan (Wilber) Hish of Streamwood and Jean Hart of Joliet.
Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Assumption, the Rev. Don Wolford officiating.
Burial St. Mary’s Cemetery, Assumption.
Seitz Funeral Home in Assumption is in charge of arrangements.
[State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) July 28, 2005 - Sub. By Denise Parsons]

Edna A. Evans
- Edna A. Cabbell Evans, 95, of Taylorville died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2003, at Taylorville Care Center.
    She was born June 12, 1907, in Lerna, the daughter of William I. and Mae Chaney Van Atta. She married Claude R. Cabbell in 1924 in Newton; he died in 1969. She married the Rev. William Evans in 1972; he died in 1984.
    Mrs. Evans was a retired homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville.
    Survivors; a son, David R. Cabbell of San Ramon, Calif.; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and two sisters, Mabel Pirrello of Cambridge, Wis., and Rowena Camm of Florida.
    Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, Sutton Memorial Home Chapel, Taylorville, the Rev. Michael D. Branch officiating. Inurnment: at a later date, Aten Cemetery, Hidalgo. 
[ State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, January 28, 2003, Page: 36, contributed by Sarah Hemp]

John Fauver Harner
DEATH'S HARVEST. (unable to read) the Last Call - The Record.
A good man died when John F. Harner, of Taylorville, breathed his last on Saturday morning, February 20, 1897 at 3 o'clock. The term good used in its full meaning, expresses a great deal, and so used we apply it to the life and character of J.F. Harner. A master printer, in love with his art, for printing is an art; a perfect gentleman, an honest man. such is the epitome of his long life well spent. His nature was not aggressive, and he stood a part as much as might be from the selfish hurly-burly of the active and the ruthless. He loved quiet and peace. Tolerant and kindly, sympathetic and charitable, he was always ready to succor the distressed, to put balm upon hurt feelings or wounded vanity. He was loved by his fellow craftsmen as was attested by he beautiful floral offerings upon his coffin - one from the School News and one from "His newspaper friends of Taylorville, who admired his art and esteemed his high qualities as a man." He was held in sincere regard and respect bythe entire community, as was shown by the large attendance at his funeral. Poor in this world's goods, coming from one of the humble homes in this city, yet all classes united to fill the Christian church to pay the last sad tribute to his memory. The sermon by the pastor, Rev. W. W. Weedon, was full of pathos, and a high honor was paid the qualities of the deceased when Grand Secretary J. R. Miller, of the I.O.O.F., followed in a beautiful eulogy of his brother lying before him. A man is great only in character. In his sermon Rev. W. W. Weedon spoke in part as follows:

John F., son of Henry W. and Elizabeth Harner was born in Augusta county, Va, April 4, 1826. His parents were both natives of Virginia, but of German parentage. The parents of the deceased emigrated to Lebanon, Ohio in 1831, where Mr. Harner learned his first English and received the greatest part of his schooling within 12 months. Removed to Preble county O., 1834; to New Albany, Ind, and in 1840, where he began the printing business in the Gazette office, January, 1842; removed to Louisville, Ky in 1844, completed his trade as printer in the "Courier" office and afterwards worked many years on the "Journal" when that paper was conducted by the brilliant George d. Prentice. April 10, 1848 he was married to Miss Susan L. Combs, a native of Kentucky. They removed to Owen county, Ind., and in the fall of 1858 and started the Owen county Journal, which he disposed of in 1860 to go on a farm. In 1865 they removed to Pana, Ill. and since then he published the Central Orient at Pana and the Journal and Democrat at Taylorville. he had the record of having been one of the most proficient and artistic printers in the United states and his "rule" and "display" work has received honorable mention in the London papers, as well as in the trade publications of this country.
He was an Odd Fellow in continuous membership since March 30,1849, and a Master Mason since 1859, and was held in high esteem by both these honorable orders. he was a past grand officer in the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment of Odd Fellows, and for the past 17 years had been one of the state official instructors with a record of "letter perfect" in the unwritten work.
Mr. and Mrs. Harner, for a period of nearly 50 years, journeyed the path of life together, sharing each other's joys and sorrows with little to mar their happiness. Our deceased brother, in company with his wife, united with the Christian church in Louisville, Ky, and on leaving that city they placed their membership with the Christian church at Spencer, Ind. Of a family of 12 children, six boys and six girls, born unto them, they reared nine to manhood and womanhood, and of these eight are living, as follows: Mrs. Kate Henley, Anaconda, Montana, Mrs. Cora Boss, Petoskey, Michigan' William. B. Harner, Denver, Colorado' Mrs. Emma Little, Mrs. Susie Burch, George T., Estill E. and Remus C. of Taylorville. Mrs. Boss and William. B. Harner, and a sister, Mrs. Susan Campbell of Indianapolis, Ind., came from their distant homes to attend the funeral. He was a kind, pleasant and genial gentleman. he loved the society of his friends and was deeply interested in everything to moral and social improvement. Politically, he was a earnest and enthusiastic Democrat he was large hearted and liberal minded. he was dearly loved by his family who are sorely bereaved by his death. His sudden call to depart, which came in a paralytic stroke in the lodge room, was quite a surprise, and his fatal illness of short duration. The zeal the fire that in him burned. Not age itself could smother. For more than all things to the last He loved to greet a brother. the music at the church was furnished by Misses Helen Witmer and Gussie Tingley and Messrs. Will Rice and Hardy Kitzmiller. The burial took place under the Auspices of Taylorville Lodge No.413, O.O.O.F., the solemn and beautiful ritual of that order being used.
[Christian County Courier, Vol IV, No. 48, Sub By R. Avant]

Daniel Lytle
Daniel Lytle Laid To Rest
Well Known Retired Citizen and War Veteran Buried in Linwood
Funeral services for the late Daniel Lytle, many years resident of Pana and Civil War Veteran, who died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Louis Lester. The First Methodist church conducted the services. A good attendance of relatives and friends to pay their last sad respects. Members of the church choir sang a number of the songs, favorites of the deceased, and the funeral discourse was given by Rev. H.F. Powell, pastor of the church. The floral offerings were very beautiful and in charge of Mrs. Clint Lesure, Mrs. Howard Toberman and Mrs. Floyd McKee. Funeral Director R.M. Kirkpatrick had charge of the internment that was made in Linwood cemetery in Pana, Illinois with these casket bearers: Ora Ross, Max Penwell, George A. Wittmann, Charles Anderson, Warren Penwell and Lyman Sallee.
Mr. Lytle was a native of Ohio, having been born in Pike County, November 5, 1845, and at death was aged 81 years and 26 days. He enlisted on May 24, 1864, in Company F, Regiment 137th, Illinois Infantry, and saw service with that contingent for about four months, being discharged on September 24, 1864. Following his discharge he was wedded to Sarah Wade on February 15, 1866, she dying in 1903. In 1906 Mr. Lytle was married to Mrs. Lydia Searles of Pana, IL, who preceded him in death in 1921. Deceased had always followed farming during his life and was a man of fine character, a good citizen and a true friend.
Surviving Mr. Lytle are the following children: Walter Lytle of Oconee, F.S. Lytle and Mrs. Louis Lester of Pana; brothers and sisters left to mourn his demise are; Mrs. Ella Husband of Griggsville, Illinois, Mrs. Hattie Goldman of Louisiana, Missouri, Mrs. Hester Maderis of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Walter Lytle of New Salem, IL. Two sons died some years ago, namely George and Louis.
[1926, Pana News Paladium, Submitted by Joyce Shelton]

Dorothy Miller, 97, Dies
Private Services to Be Held
    Private services will be held for Dorothy M. Miller, 97, of Pana.  Mrs. Miller died at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000 in Heritage Manor Nursing home.
    Mrs. Miller was born Sept. 28, 1903, in Zion, the daughter of David and Fannie Jeanette Simpson Grieve.  She married Leland Miller on Feb. 11, 1928 in Zion.  He died Sept. 29, 1978.  She was a graduate of Pana Township High School; attended College, and taught in rural Pana and area schools in her earlier years.  A homemaker, she lived most of her adult life in the Pana area on the family farm.  She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ; she also formed the Clark Mother's Club at Clark School, west of Pana.
   Surviving are a son, David George Miller and wife Betty, of Midland, Texas; daughter Linda Lee Kehias and husband Avgary of Pana; three grandsons, Larry Alan Miller of Bakersfield, Calif., Roger Neal Miller of Mansfield, Texas and Eric D. Matheny of Shelbyville; and four great-grandchildren.
   Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
   Memorials may be given in her name to St. John's United Church of Christ or Pana Community Hospital Foundation for the hospice or Quad County. McCracken Dean Funeral Home was in charge.
The Daily Palladium, Pana IL, October 16, 2000   Contributed by David G. Miller

Leland A. Miller, 78, Pana
Retired Farmer, Succumbs
   Leland Alfred Miller, 78, a retired farmer of RR 3, Pana, died at 5:55 a.m., Friday, Sept. 29, 1978, Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
   Mr. Miller was born Dec. 21, 1899, in Iuka, a son of George and Emma Gordon Miller.  He was married to Dorothy M. Grieve in Zion, IL. on Feb 11, 1928.  She survives.  Mr. Miller was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Pana.
   Surviving besides his wife are a son David George Miller of Midland, TX; a daughter, Mrs. Linda Lee Matheny of Tower Hill; 2 sisters, Mrs. Effie Wooldridge of Rock Falls and Mrs. Edith Holler of Salem; a brother George of Serena, IL; also 3 grandsons.  Three sisters and three brothers  preceded him in death.
   Private family funeral services were held 11:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 1, in the McCracken Funeral Home with the Rev. Loren Windhorst of St. John's United Church of Christ officiating.  Visitation was Saturday evening at the funeral home. Miss Ruby Munzenmaier was organist and Mrs. Glynetta Taylor soloist.
   Casket bearers were David Miller, Larry Miller, Roger Miller, George Miller, Lloyd Sinclair and Reed Holler.
   Burial was in Rosamond Grove Cemetery, Rosamond.
  Pana News-Palladium , about October 2, 1978        Contributed by David G. Miller

Velma Mitchell
    Velma Mitchell, 95, of Memphis, retired sales representative for Avon Products, died of heart failure Thursday at St. Peter Villa.
    Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Blocker Cemetery in Olive Branch, Miss.
  Mrs. Mitchell, the widow of Ralph E. Mitchell, leaves a daughter, Kay Mitchell, and a sister, Leola Moore, both of Memphis
Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, January 30, 2000   
contributed by Sarah Hemp

Leola Moore
    Leola Moore, 93, of Memphis, retired antiques dealer, died of emphysema Saturday at Wesley Highland Manor.    Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Blocker Cemetery in Olive Branch.    Mrs. Moore, the widow of Ralph H. Moore, leaves a niece who cared for her, Kay Mitchell of Memphis.  
  [Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN, June 5, 2000     contributed by Sarah Hemp]

Dale B. Reincke
    MORRISONVILLE - Dale B. Reincke, 72, of Morrisonville died Tuesday [April 2, 1996] at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville.     Survivors: mother, Opal Barnes Reincke of Nokomis; a brother, Leland V. Reincke of Irving; a sister, Marceline Smith of Stonington; two nieces; and seven nephews.    Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Nokomis.
    State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, April 4, 1996  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Dale B. Reincke, 72, Morrisonville, retired farmer, died Tuesday (April 2, 1996).
    Member: Fairview United Methodist Church and Christian County Board.
    Survivors: mother, Opal Barnes Reincke, Nokomis; brother, Leland V., Irving; sister, Marceline Smith, Stonington. Preceded by: wife, Irene, and father.
    Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Visitation: 11 a.m. Friday until services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Nokomis.
Herald & Review,Decatur, IL, April 4, 1996  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Death Notice of
Mrs. Irene E. Reincke
died: September 27, 1995
Irene E. Reincke
    MORRISONVILLE - Irene E. Reincke, 73, of rural Morrisonville died Wednesday at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville.    Survivors: husband, Dale.    Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Greenwood Township.
  State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, September 29, 1995  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Irene E. Reincke
    MORRISONVILLE - Irene E. Reincke, 73, Morrisonville, died Wednesday (Sept. 27, 1995). Member: Fairview United Methodist Church, Christian County Farm Bureau.    Survivors: husband, Dale.    Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery. Memorials: Fairview United Methodist Church or St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville.
  Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, September 29, 1995  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Kevin L. Reincke
MATTOON - Kevin Lee Reincke, 52, of Mattoon died Friday, Nov. 18, 2005, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.
    He was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Hillsboro, the son of Leland "Bud" Reincke and JoAnn Parks Westerfield. He married Barbara Monk; they later divorced.
    Mr. Reincke was a parts man at a car dealership.
    Survivors: son, Jason Paul Reincke of Mattoon; mother and stepfather, JoAnn and Harold Westerfield of Sun City, Ariz.; stepmother, Shirley Reincke of Irving; five brothers, Leland "Van" (wife, Marsha) Reincke Jr. of Glendale, Ariz., James (wife, Carrie) Reincke of Sorento, Roger (wife, Ruth) and Larry (wife, Michelle) Reincke, both of Irving, and Richard (wife, Amy) Reincke of Hillsboro; several nieces and nephews; and companion, Martha Warren.    Graveside memorial services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Irving Cemetery, the Rev. Randy Sands officiating.     Bass, Patton, Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro is in charge of arrangements.
    State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, November 22, 2005    contributed by Sarah Hemp

Kevin Lee Reincke
    MATTOON - Kevin Lee Reincke, 52, Mattoon, formerly of Hillsboro and Decatur, car dealership employee, died Friday (Nov. 18, 2005).    Graveside services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, Irving Cemetery. No visitation. Arrangements by: Bass, Patton, Dean Funeral Home, Hillsboro.
Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, November 23, 2005   contributed by Sarah Hemp

Leland "Bud" V. Reincke
    IRVING - Leland V. "Bud" Reincke, 65, of Irving, formerly of Hillsboro, died Wednesday (May 1, 1996) at his home.     Survivors: wife, Shirley M.; six sons, Leland "Van" Reincke of Glendale, Ariz., Kevin Reincke of Mattoon, James and Roger Reincke, both of Sorento, Richard Reincke of Hillsboro and Larry Reincke of Irving; seven grandchildren; mother, Opal Reincke of Nokomis; and a sister, Marceline Smith of Stonington.    Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro. Burial: Irving Cemetery, Irving.   
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 3, 1996  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Leland V. Reincke, 65, rural Irving, retired from Montgomery Service Co., died Wednesday (May 1, 1996).    Services: 3 p.m. Friday, Patton Memorial Home, Hillsboro. Visitation: noon Friday until service time. Burial: Irving Cemetery.     Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, May 3, 1996  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Opal F. Reincke
    Opal Fern Reincke, 98, of Taylorville died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.
    She was born Oct. 22, 1901, in Hornsby, the daughter of Walter and Ida Bohlmeyer Barnes. She married Edwin Reincke in 1922; he preceded her in death. Two sons, Dale and Leland Reincke, and a daughter, Marceline Mae Smith, also preceded her in death.
    Mrs. Reincke, a retired homemaker, was a member of First United Methodist Church in Taylorville and the Women's Missionary Society.
    Survivors: nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Velma Mitchell and Leola Moore, both of Memphis, Tenn.
    Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, the Rev. Dr. Phillip Icenogle officiating. Burial: Kettelkamp Cemetery in Nokomis.
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 16, 1999  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Miss Jane Simpson
   Miss Jane Simpson, aged 74 years old, died at her late residence three miles south of Rosamond at 10 o'clock Tuesday night. Deceased was a sister of Henry Simpson who resides near Rosamond and an aunt of Granville Slatten, a prominent merchant, residing at Taylorville. Miss Simpson was also a relative of Mrs. Jacob Orr of this city.
   The cause of Miss Simpson's death is given as grippe, which was followed by pneumonia.  The report current that Miss Simpson was denied medical attention prior to her death is strenuously denied by relatives. Dr. Little of Rosamond attended her in her last illness.
   The funeral services will be held at Taylorville on Thursday, where the remains will be taken for burial.
The Daily Palladium, Pana IL, Tuesday, March 12, 1907   Contributed by David G. Miller

Joseph Smith
Morrisonville Man Killed by Train
Morrisonville, April 26 - Joseph Smith, 79, died last night after being struck by a freight train on the Wabash railroad. The injured man was taken to the office of Dr A T Gibson where he died thirty minutes later.
Mr Smith was born in Jersey Co in 1848, and came to Morrisonville with his parents in 1856. He was twice married, his first wife being Miss Dora Sutton, who preceded him in death. He later married Miss Delia White, who died about 9 years ago.
Surviving are five children: Mrs Winnie Reed, West Alis, WI; John, El Reno OK; James and Albert, Kewanee; Pearl, Litchfield; one daughter, Mrs Jennie Scull, died on April 2, 1927. He also leaves two brothers, John, Morrisonville, and Lewis, Peoria, and one sister, Mrs Dccia [ as given] Sutton, DeSota, MO
[Litchfield Daily Union, Tuesday, April 26, 1927 submitted by: Lynn Boyd Reener]

Marceline Mae Reincke Smith
    TAYLORVILLE - Marceline M. Smith, 69, of Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, died Friday (June 13, 1997) at Memorial Medical Center.    Survivors: a son, Allen D. "Butch" Smith of Taylorville; two daughters, Monica Harrold and Dee Ann Smith, both of Taylorville; four grandchildren; and mother, Opal Reincke of Taylorville.    Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Connolly-McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Taylorville.
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, June 15, 1997  contributed by Sarah Hemp

    Marceline M. Smith, 69, Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, died Friday (June 13, 1997). Member: Fairview United Methodist Church.    Survivors: son, Allen D. ''Butch'', Taylorville; daughters, Monica Harrold and Dee Ann Smith, both of Taylorville; mother, Opal Reincke, Taylorville; four grandchildren. Preceded by: father and two brothers.    Services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Connolly-McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville. Visitation: one hour before services. Burial: Fairview Cemetery, Taylorville.    Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 15, 1997  contributed by Sarah Hemp

Harold Leroy Westerfield
    DECATUR - Harold L. Westerfield, 88 of Sun City, Arizona, formally of Decatur Ill, passed away on June 20th 2008.    He is survived by JoAnn, his loving wife of 45 yrs, His Stepson, Van Reincke and Daughter-In-Law, Marsha Reincke. A Grandson & Great Grandson and Niece, Charlotte Lindstrom. He was preceded in death by son, Leigh Westerfield and Stepson, Kevin Reincke.    Harold was a WW II Vereran-and served on LST 325 during the Normandy invasion, He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 37 years, retiring in 1979.    Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ.       
Herald & Review, Decatur, IL, June 25, 2008  contributed by Sarah Hemp


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