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Funeral services for Edgar Biggs, 81, of Redmon, who died Thursday night at the Shady Rest Manor, will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sutton and Son Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Embarrass Cemetery.

Mr. Biggs, a World War I veteran, was the son of Daniel and Mary Fitzpatrick. He was married Jan. 21, 1930, in Marshall to the former Irma Swinford, who survives.

Also surviving is a brother, Harry Biggs of Redmon, and a sister, Mrs. Nora Carrington of Oakland.

Mr. Biggs was a member of the Broclen American Legion Post and the Redmon United Methodist Church.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Edgar County Health Fund or the Edgar County Cancer Society.


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Charleston, Ill. (9-18-1961, Special to the Journal-Gazette) - Herman Moore, 60, of Charleston, died at 8:45 a.m. today at Charleston Community Hospital where he had been a patient two weeks.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Harper-Swickard funeral home here. Burial will be in Tippett cemetery near Toledo. Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Tuesday.

Mr. Moore was born April 3, 1901, in Charleston Township, a son of William and Bertha Jenkins Moore. He married Lulu Butler Jan. 25, 1930. She died several years ago.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Coy Stout, Charleston; and Mrs. Dan Sherrick, Lincoln, Neb.; a brother, Russell Moore, Charleston; Four sisters, Mrs. Henry Wheeler, Mrs. Floyd Craig and Mrs. William Pipkins, all of Charleston; and Mrs. Inez Morris, Dayton, Ohio; and five grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.

He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church, Charleston.

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CHAMPAIGN - Floyd J. Pforr, 72, of Champaign died at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 20, 1988) in Carl Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Owens Funeral Home, Champaign, with the Rev. Wendy Guion officiating. Burial will be in Grand View Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

He was born June 25, 1916, in Coles County, the son of James and Fern Axton Pforr. He married Vona Tinsman, Sept. 17, 1938, in St. Louis, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Keith of Champaign, David of Rantoul and Thomas of Fisher; two brothers, Raymond Pforr of Mattoon and Kenneth Pforr of Bloomington; three sisters, Alberta Ferris of Charleston, Mary Lou Shaffer of Yale and Elnora Gordan of Rardin; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded death by one son, two daughters, one brother and one sister.

Mr. Pforr was retired from Clifford & Jacob Forging Company, Champaign.

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THEODOSIA, MO. - Word has been received or the Nov. 16, 2002, death of Howard Lee Simpson, 62, of Theodosia, Mo., and formerly of Paris. He died at the Baxter County Regional Medical Center in Mt. Home, Ark. He owned and operated Simpson's Well & Pump Service in Theodosia. He was also retired from General Motors in Danville.

A memorial was held for Mr. Simpson in Theodosia, Mo. A local memorial service is scheduled for 6 p.m., Dec. 5, at the First Christian Church in Marshall.

Mr. Simpson was born Nov. 1, 1940, the son of Clarence Simpson and Ida Mae Fitzsimmons Simpson. He married Rose Emerick on Jan. 1, 1961. She survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Gayla Camp of Birmingham, Ala., and Penny Harrold of Marshall; four sisters, Shirley Cooper of Fombell, Pa., Lillian Bennett of Charleston, Lavina Hansbrough of Clinton, Ind., and Linda Brown of Arcola; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, five sisters and an uncle that raised him.

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WESTFIELD - George V. Van Sickle, 75, of Westfield died Saturday (Sept. 5, 1987) at Paris Community Hospital in Paris.

The funeral will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at the Markwell Chapel in Westfield. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Westfield.

He was born July 21, 1912, in Westfield, a son of Robert and Mary Ethel (Merrick) Van Sickle. He married Oya Lovell Sep. 19, 1931, in Marshall. She survives.

Other survivors are his mother, Ethel Sprague, of Charleston; a son, Russell Van Sickle of Charleston; and a sister, Mrs. Nina Cox of Charleston.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Phillips, who died in 1976.

Mr. Van Sickle was a former mayor of Westfield, a past employee of Kirchner's Lumber Yard for 25 years and a self-employed plumbing and heating contractor.

He was a member of the Westfield Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years, the Westfield United Methodist Church and the Westfield Masonic Lodge No. 1046.

Masonic services were held Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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REDMOND (3-8-1985) - Irma Biggs, 80, of Redmond died at 1:30 a.m. Friday in Heritage House Nursing Home in Paris.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Sutton & Sons Funeral Home in Paris with Rev. Ned Hawbecker officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Embarras Cemetery near Redmond.

Memorials may be made to the Heritage House Nursing Home in Paris.

She was born Jan. 21, 1905 in Coles County a daughter or Sherman and Belle Shafer Swinford. She married Edgar Biggs Jan. 21, 1930 in Marshall. He died Dec. 20, 1973.

Mrs. Biggs was a member of the Redmond Methodist Church and of the Royal Neighbors.

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MATTOON - Mary Valetta Anderson, 96, of 2900 Champaign ave., Mattoon, died at 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 8, 1990) at her daughter's residence in Charleston.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Revs. Greg Swango and Floyd Meritt officiating. Visitation is one hour before the service. Burial is in Windsor Cemetery.

She was born April 21, 1894, near Windsor, the daughter of James and Theresa Grocker Brady. She married George Oliver Anderson in 1916; he died in 1975.

Survivors include one son, Oliver Wendell Anderson of Shelbyville; three daughters, Valetta Charlene Quackenbush of Mattoon, Patricia Jean Richardson of Springfield, Mo., and Theresa Jane Replogle of Charleston; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She also was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren.

Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Lake Land Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Lake Land Church of Christ or Hospice of Lincolnland.


MATTOON - The funeral for Mary Valetta Anderson was held Monday afternoon at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Swango and the Rev. Floyd Meritt officiating. Burial was in Windsor Cemetery.

Organist Virginia Barrow played "Amazing Grace", "Nearer My God To Thee", and "Going Down the Valley". The Lakeland Church of Christ Choir sang a cappella "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", "Precious Memories" and "Beyond The Sunset".

Mrs. Anderson, 96, of Mattoon died Dec. 8, 1990, at her daughter's residence in Charleston.

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CHARLESTON - Loren D. Bennett, 33, of Route 4, Charleston, died at 1:24 p.m. Friday (April 27, 1990_ in Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center of natural causes.

Arrangements are incomplete - at Caudill-King Funeral Home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1956, in Charleston, the son of Robert and May Higgins Bennett. He married April Malcovsky in 1978; she survives.

Also surviving are a son, Adam, and two daughters, Jennifer and Dawn, all at home; a brother, Alvia Bennett of Sullivan; and two sisters, Mrs. James (Beverly) Bullock of Ashmore and Mrs. Jeff (Ellen) Ashmore of Charleston.

Mr. Bennett was an employee of Parker Construction Co., Charleston.


CHARLESTON - The funeral for Loren D. Bennett was held Monday morning at the Caudill-King Funeral Home with the Rev. Mel Cummings officiating. Burial was in Harmony Cemetery.

Organist Mrs. Harry Stewart played"In the Garden", "How Great Thou Art' and "Because He Lives".

Pallbearers were Chuck and Tim Parker, Doug Robison, Lyle Gannaway, Gale McElwee and Sam Rakow.

Mr. Bennett, 33, of Route 4, Charleston, died April 27, 1990, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

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Norma Lee Haddock, 71 of Charleston, passed on to be with the Lord on Friday, July 22, 2005 at her home.

Services celebrating her life were Tuesday, July 26 at Charleston Bible Church, 2605 University Drive in Charleston, with Pastor John Best officiating. Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston.

She is survived by a daughter, Pam Beam of Effingham; three sons, David Haddock of Nashville, TN, Gary Haddock and his wife Barb of Charleston, Mike Haddock and his wife Tracy of Windsor; eleven grandchildren, Hollie Baltzell and her husband Dennis of St. Joseph, Linze Niemeyer and her husband Curt of Humboldt, Landon Furry of Mattoon, Jacob Haddock of Urbana, Tiffany Haddock, Taran Haddock and Kacey Haddock, all of Charleston, Austin Haddock, Garrett Haddock,, Mitchell Haddock and Mikayla Haddock, all of Windsor; five great-granddaughters, Reese, Olivia, Grace, Kylie and Baily; two brothers, Ronille (Bud) Biggs and his wife Ruth of Charleston, James Biggs of Mattoon; one sister, Donna Baldwin of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents and her husband, Roe who passed away October 1, 1982.

Norma was a faithful and devoted member of Charleston Bible Church in Charleston. She was an employee of Hanft's Jewelry before assuming management of the Sirloin Stockade in Charleston, later known as Norma's Steakhouse. Being the marvelous cook that she was, Norma became a mentor for her daughter, daughters-in-law and granddaughters, imparting to them her culinary skill.

Norma's was a life dedicated to serving God and caring for her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were blessed with her loving devotion.

Memorials in her honor be made to the Charleston Bible Church. Gifts may be mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

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MATTOON - Lois L. Huffman, age 67, of Mattoon, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at Mattoon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 16, 2004, at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Rev. Ed Stephens officiating. Interment will follow in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 to 8 PM.

Louis was born March 9, 19137 at Newton, Illinois, a daughter of Kelly and Norene Newkirk Tucker. She married Dean Huffman on December 30, 1958 at Mattoon.

Lois is survived by her loving and devoted husband. Also surviving are her brothers, Floyd Tucker and wife Cassandra of Ashley, IL and Frank Tucker and wife Caroline of Charleston, IL; sisters Maxine Foster and husband Gene of Anchorage, Alaska, Rosalie Nichols of Mattoon and Dorothy Ramsey and husband Buell of Mountain Grove, MO. She was a special aunt to several nieces and nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death.

Lois attended Buck Grove Community Church. She was employed 33 years at Mattoon Garment Factory, retiring at it's closing. She was a former Red Cross Instructor, as well.

Lois was a loving wife, life long companion and best friend to her husband, Dean. Together they enjoyed fishing, traveling in their RV, searching for and collecting antiques or collectibles and in her spare time, she enjoyed tending to her flower gardens. She will always be remembered affectionately by her family and friends.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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MATTOON - The funeral for Lois L. Huffman was Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Stephens officiating. Burial was in Mound Cemetery, in Charleston, and concluded with the release of doves.

The pianist, Carol Mausehund, played "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and Clint and Carol Mausehund sang "You'll Never Walk Alone: and "Wind Beneath My Wings".

The pallbearers were Delbert, Marcus, Mike and Brett Nichols, Curtis Foreman and Denny Kingery.

Mrs. Huffman, 67, of Mattoon, died April 13, 2004 at Mattoon Health Care Center.

August 27, 1997
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Juanita R. Kirchner, 77, 700 N. Park, Tuscola, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 27) at her home. She was a retired operator of General Telephone and a homemaker.

Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Fairview Cemetery, Kansas, with the Rev. C.R. Mayhugh officiating. A private visitation is scheduled. Sutton and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 17, 1920, in Clarksburg, the daughter of Virgil and Ruth Kearney Jones. She married Donald Kirchner on Aug. 9, 1940, in Redmon. He survives.

Other survivors are two sons, Larry of Hopkins, S.C., and William Michael of Atwood; a daughter, Nancy Johnson of Atwood; two sisters, Janet Green of Paris and Shirley Jimerson of Quipman, Ia.; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kirchner was a member of the Redmon United Methodist Church.

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CHARLESTON - Jack Morris, 83, of Charleston died at 11:03 p.m. Monday (Sept. 29, 1997 at Sara Bush Lincoln Health Center.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to service at the funeral home.

He was born June 12, 1914, in Dorans, the son of Elmer and Blanch Moore Morris. He married Mattie Harroll in 1976; she survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Odie B. Hillis of Decatur, Mack Morris of Colleyville, Texas, and Terry Morris of San Antonio, Texas; three daughters, Eva Stancil of Charleston, Vergie Gates of Manchester, Tenn., and Mary Gordon of Rockford; and several grandchildren.

Mr. Morris was retired from the Coles County Fairgrounds.

CHARLESTON - The funeral for Jack Morris was Thursday at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Hartley officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery.

The organist, Laura Swickard, played "How Great Thou Art", "Amazing Grace", "In The Garden" and "When They Ring The Golden Bells". The pall bearers were George and Kevin Reynolds, Greg and Rick Hillis, Newt Morris and Robert Hallowell. Mr. Morris, 83, of Charleston died Sept. 29, 1997, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

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A.L. (Buss) Wilson, 42, of Burnham, Ill. and formerly of Mattoon, died Sunday in Richmond, Ill. apparently of a heart attack. (Contributor wrote, "died 5-5-1957")

Funeral services will be held at Schilling funeral home with Dr. Horace Balchelor officiating, at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Body is presently at the Opyt funeral home in Chicago, and will arrive in Mattoon some time Tuesday. Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mr. Wilson was born on Oct, 27, 1914, in Mattoon, son of Roscoe O. and Opal Wilson. He married Lucille Shaner of Chicago, who survives. He was employed with the A & B Transfer Co. and was general managing director of the Central Motor Freight Association.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, two sons, Alfred and John, and one daughter, Jolene, and a grandchild, all of Burnham.

A dog fancier he was secretary of the Weimeraner Club and a member of the Irish Setter Club and the German Short Hair Club.

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MATTOON - Dean L. Huffman, age 69, of Mattoon passed away at 3:20 P.M. on Thursday, November 4, 2004 at his residence.

The funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, November 8, 2004 at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Reverend Ed Stephens officiating. Visitation will be held 2 hours prior to the service. Masonic rites will be conducted at 11:45 A. M. Interment will be in Mound Cemetery in Charleston, IL.

Dean was born February 26, 1935 in Charleston, IL, the son of Albert Clifford and Clara Blanche (Axton) Huffman. He married Louis Louise Tucker on December 30, 1958 in Mattoon, IL. She passed away on April 13, 2004. Dean is survived by a brother, Bill Estel Huffman and his wife Patsy of Mattoon; a sister, Eunice Phillips of Rochelle, IL, and several nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Mr. Huffman was a member of the Buck Grove Baptist Church. He was a retired railroad conductor, having worked with Norfolk Southern, Wabash, and Norfolk Western railroads. He served our country during the Korean Conflict with the Army as a Specialist 4, and with the Navy as a Seaman.

Dean was past Master and member of the Mattoon Masonic Lodge #260, a 32nd degree Mason of Danville Consistory, a life member of Mattoon VFW Post 4325, and a member of the Mattoon American Legion. Dean enjoyed traveling and appreciated the outdoors, especially fishing. He was an extraordinarily devoted husband and a wonderful friend. He will be missed.


MATTOON - The funeral for Dean L. Huffman was Monday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Ed Stephens officiating. Masonic rites were conducted by Mattoon Lodge 260 A.F. & A.M. Lodge members participating in the service were Acting Worshipful Master, Robert Carter; Acting Chaplain, Charles Cole; and Secretary, Charles Coffey. Burial was in Mound Cemetery.

The pianist, Carol Mausehund, accompanied vocalist, Clint Mausehund, who sang, "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Life Is Like A Mountain Railroad".

Pallbearers were Bill Huffman, Charles Fleming, Charles Cole, Andrew Hutchinson, John Spear and Aaron Hardin. Mr. Huffman, 69, of Mattoon, died Thursday (Nov. 4, 2004) at his residence.

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Donald LeRoy Fitzpatrick, 80, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Charleston, died March 5, 2005, at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.

Burial was in Resthaven Memory Garden in Colorado. The Bohlender Funeral Chapel in Fort Collins, Colo., was in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 7, 1924, in Charleston, son of Hershel and Gladys Fitzpatrick. He married Hattie Wilson in 1945; she survives.

Other survivors include daughters, Terese Fitzpatrick and Vickie Schick; two brothers, Neil Fitzpatrick of Fort Collins, Colo., and Robert Fitzpatrick of Longmont, Colo.; two sisters, Mary June Davis of Northglenn, Colo., and Marjorie Brown of Miller, Mo.; two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers. Mr. Fitzpatrick retired in 1990 from the Udy Corporation in Colorado. He was an Army World War II veteran, a P.O.W. and first-ever Darby Ranger. He was a member of the VFW Post 1781 and the Fort Collins Bowling Association.

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SULLIVAN - E. Delmar Elder, 88, of Sullivan died Wednesday, April 16, 1977 in the Sullivan Living Center, Sullivan.

He was born July 9, 1908, in Moultrie County of Jesse and Mirtie Elder and was a lifelong resident of the Sullivan area. He married Ada C. Brown of Arcola on January 2, 1928. She survives.

Other survivors include children, Eloise Quinley of Springfield, Wilma Brandt of Bella Vista, AR, Darrell Elder of Host Springs Village, AR, formerly of Springfield, and Janet Hall of Charleston; two sisters, Beulah Ramsey of Robinson and Lola Owen of E. St. Louis; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, and one granddaughter, one brother and one sister.

Mr. Elder was a teacher in the rural Moultrie County schools, Decatur school system and teacher and principal in Sullivan schools until serving as Moultrie County Superintendent of schools from 1963 to 1975.

He was an active member of the first Christian Church of Sullivan, the Kiwanis Club, Retired Teacher's Association, United Way, Red Cross, Senior Citizen's Council and the Democratic Party. He also farmed, was a 4-H leader and Farm Bureau member for many years. He was a recipient of the Sullivan High School "Who's Who" award in 1989.

Services will be held Saturday, April 19, 1997 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church, Sullivan, with the Rev. Dr. David Leslie officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Sullivan. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday at McMullin-Young Funeral Home, Sullivan.

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MATTOON - Crendall Y. Quakenbush, 72, of 3813 Western Avenue died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 11, 1986). Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.

He was born July 2, 1914, in Martinsville, Ind., a son of Orno and Elizabeth Lucille Young Quakenbush. He married Charlene Anderson Jan. 1, 1936, at Mattoon. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, David of Dallas, Texas and Tim, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Sue Sobery of Carbondale; one sister, Mrs. Dale Lucille Harshey of Martinsville, Ind.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Two infant sons preceded him in death.

Mr. Quakenbush was owner and operator of City Shoe Shop of Mattoon for 54 years. He was a former instructor for the Dale Carnegie Course and a member of the Church of Christ, Mattoon.


MATTOON - The funeral of CRENDALL Y. Quackenbush was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with Rev. Gregory Swango officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery.

Virginia Barrow, organist, played prelude and postlude selections. Granddaughters, Tammy and Lori Quackenbush, sang a cappello "Where the Roses Never Fade." A choir sang a cappello "How Great Thou Art" and "Beyond the Sunset, " and Chick Powell sang a cappello "The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

Honorary pallbearers were Gordon Smith, Kenny Zike, Rick Siford, Lesley "Bub" Young, David Love and Harrold Fuller. Pallbearers were Wendell Anderson, Reg Replogle, Bill Staples, Ray Miller, Ivan Price and Mike Love.Mr. Quackenbush, 72, of Mattoon died Nov. 11, 1986.

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KANSAS, ILL. - Mrs. Zella Fitzpatrick, 95, a well-known resident and librarian at the Kansas library for many years died Sunday at 12?20 p.m. at the Pleasant Meadows Christian Village in Chrisman. (Death date of 9-23-1984 supplied by contributor.)

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Sutton and Son Funeral home in Kansas with the Rev. David Butts officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with the family present from 3 to 5 and 7 to 8 p.m.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was born Aug. 13, 1889, in Scott Co., Ind., the daughter of James and Maria Harmon Staples. She married William Fitzpatrick Oct. 9, 1907, in Kansas, and he died April 6, 1945. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Bruce (Edna) Miller of Lansing, Ill.; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a member of the Kansas Christian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for 42 years, a member of the Christian Missionary Society and Zella Circle.

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CASEY - Dale Biggs, age 74, of Casey, passed away at 8:43 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2004 in Heartland Manor Nursing Center of Casey.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at the Markwell & Son Funeral Home in Casey with Chaplain Tony Crouch officiating. Burial, with military rites conducted by the Casey VFW, Hazel Dell American Legion and Paris VFW, will be in Casey-Cumberland Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-7:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dale was born November 24, 1930 in Westfield, IL, a son of Roscoe Lee and Emma B. (Lashbrook) Biggs. He married Helen Cline on December 23, 1951 in Westfield. Survivors include his wife, Helen Biggs, of Casey; three daughters, Janet Squires and husband Bill, of Casey; Debra Grubb and Husband Mark, of Paris; Carla Honselman and husband Steve, of Casey; three sons, Bradley Biggs and Wife Ellen, of Auburn, Roger Biggs and wife Suzanne and Shelby Biggs and wife Donna, all of Casey; two brothers, Doit Biggs and wife Elnor, of Westfield and Lee Biggs of Casey; two sisters, Leola Richards and husband Roger and Janice Hawkings, all of Casey; 16 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Biggs was a partner with his brother-in-law for many years with Biggs and Richards Implement of Casey. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Casey United Methodist Church and the Paris VFW #3601. Memorials may be made to the Heartland Manor Nursing Center of Casey of the Dynamic Care Home Health and Hospice of Charleston.

Melvin Fitzpatrick
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Melvin Fitzpatrick's remains arrived from Terre Haute today noon and were immediately taken to the First Christian church for the funeral rites. Rev. Will F. Shaw conducted the service which was under the auspices of the M.W. of A., the deceased having been a member of White Oak Camp, No. 4545, of this city. A number of the lodge attended the service.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was 21 years old and was well and favorably known by many of our citizens. He leaves to mourn his loss, his father and mother and two sisters. (died. 6 (?) Feb 1902; obit dated 8 Feb 1902)

Died in Terre Haute (dated 6 Feb 1902):
M.M. Fitzpatrick, a well known young man of this city, died Thursday at Terre Haute, after an illness of two weeks. The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Fitzpatrick who reside four miles north of the city. The remains will arrive in the city Saturday on the 11:37 Big Four passenger train and will be taken at once to the First Christian church where services will be held by Rev. Will F. Shaw. Interment will be in Mound cemetery.

Norma Jean Yocom
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Casey, Ill - Norma Jean Yocom, 66, of 202 S.E. Jackson St., died at 8:47 p.m. June 4, 1992, in Union Hospital at Terre Haute. She was a homemaker. She was born June 13, 1925 in Mattoon to Christian Fitzpatrick and Myrtle Smith Fitzpatrick. Survivors include her husband, James Yocom; three sons, Larry of Fairbanks, Ind., David of Casey and Rick of Iraan, Tex; one brother, James Fitzpatrick of LaPorte, Ind; two sisters, Pauline Spencer and Dorothy Stevens, both of Sullivan, Ill; 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. She was a member of Casey United Methodist Church, Iraan Chapter 832 Order of Eastern Star and past matron of Areta Chapter Order of Eastern Star. Services are 10:30 a.m. Monday in Markwell & Sons Funeral Home at Casey, with the Rev. Phillip Icenogle officiating. Burial is in Cumberland Cemetery.

Joseph Rex Hovious
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Joseph Rex Hovious, 81 of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Mattoon, died Saturday (July 29, 1995) at his residence. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, with James Manor and the Rev. Martin Lifer officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon. The Ott-Laughin Funeral Home in Winter Haven is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Sept 11, 1913, in Mattoon, the son of Joseph J. and Ora Fitzpatrick Hovious. He married Helen Swanson; she died in 1956. Survivors include wife, Betty of Winter Haven, Fla; two sons, Joseph C. Hovious of Sandy Hook, Conn., and Richard A. Hovious of Saratoga Springs, N.Y' a daughter Jane Peak of Olney; a stepson, Robert J. Musk of Madeira Beach, Fla' two sisters, Edith Sullivan of Merritt Island, Fla., and Dorothy Frye of Branson, Mo; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hovious retired in 1973 as vice president and trust officer of Central National Bank, Mattoon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Mattoon and in Winter Haven, Fla., and the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, the school board, and the Golf and Country Club, all of Mattoon. He served in the Pentagon during World War II, U.S. Army

Ura Beavers
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CASEY- Mrs. Ura Beavers, 89, formerly of Casey, died Friday in Atlanta, GA. Services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday at the Markwell Funeral Home in Casey. Friends may call after 4 pm Monday. Burial will be in the Casey Washington Cemetery.
She was born April 28, 1888 in Lerna, the daughter of G.W. and Sarah Goodman Fitzpatrick. She was the widow of the late C.F. Beavers who died in 1960. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Paul Norma Sullivan of Atlanta. Mrs. Beavers was a 50-year member of Eastern Star and a member of the Casey United Methodist Church. [Unknown newspaper, 11 March 1978.]

Arnold Fitzpatrick
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CHARLESTON - Arnold F. Fitzpatrick, 80, of Charleston died at 10:10 p.m. Thursday (March 14, 1991) at the Mattoon Health Care Center. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Cox officiating. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
He was born Sept 21, 1910, in Charleston, the son of Daniel and Cora Fitzpatrick. He married Bessie Smiley in 1929; she died in 1978. Surviving are a son, Floyd Fitzpatrick of Granada Hills, Calif.; two daughters, Betty Joan Farrier, and Mrs. Richard (Romona Jean) Karney of Mattoon; eight grandchildren; eight great-granchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers, and two half sisters. Mr. Fitzpatrick was retired as a self-employed horse trainer. He was a former member of the Charleston Eagles.

Betty Farrier
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MATTOON -- Betty J. Farrier, 68, of Mattoon, died at 2:05 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 22, 2002) at Mattoon Health Care Center. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home. No visitation.

She was born July 30, 1934, in Kansas, a daughter of Arnold and Bessie Smiley Fitzpatrick. She married John Farrier in 1951; he died in 1978. Survivors include two sons, Johnny Farrier of Tucson, Ariz., and Michael Farrier of Indianapolis; one daughter, Pam Kirsch of Mattoon; one sister, Ramona Carney of Mattoon; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Farrier was retired from General Electric. She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Moose and Eagles lodge, all of Mattoon. Betty was fond of her special relationship with her greatgranddaughter.

Ethel Sidenstricker
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Services for Mrs. Roland (Ethel Stella Strong) Sidenstricker, 89, of Sullivan were held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon. Burial was in the Janesville Cemetery. The former Lerna resident died at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Coles County. Born Jan. 16, 1912 in Greenup, she was the daughter of John Otto and Minnie Fogelman Strong. She was a homemaker and member of the Eastern Star. She married Roland J. Sidenstricker Oct. 30, 1930, and he died March 31, 1992. Survivors include sons, Harry D. Sidenstricker and Jerry D. Sidenstricker, both of rural Lerna, and Billy L. Sidenstricker of Brashear, Mo.; daughters, Betty A. Jeffris and Barbara I. LeGrant, both of rural Lerna; brother, Kenneth L. Strong of Greenup; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
One son, one brother and three sisters preceded her in death.

Sidenstricker service
SULLIVAN -- The funeral for Ethel Stella Sidenstricker was Friday at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Graham officiating. Burial was in Janesville Cemetery. The organist, Valerie Gibson, accompanied Mrs. Sidenstricker's granddaughter, Holly Mayes, in singing "Amazing Grace." Also played were "How Great Thou Art," "In the Garden" and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." The pallbearers were Kathy Childress, Laura Love, Jana Finney, Randall LeGrand, and Jeff and Dale Sidenstricker. The honorary pallbearers were Larry Hurst, Donna Henderson, Billie Spencer, Robin Sidenstricker, Holly Mayes and Shelly Dow. Mrs. Sidenstricker, 89, of Sullivan, formerly of Lerna, died Dec. 12, 2001, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.

Rites For Carrie Fitzpatrick Held
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Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Belle Fitzpatrick were held at 2 p.m. today at the Lewis Funeral Home, with Rev. Hugh Smith officiating. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick, 80, Hutton Township, died at 5:30 p.m Monday at the Alkins Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 10, 1882 in Hutton Township, a daughter of Andrew and Matilda (Brandenburg)Baker. She married Thomas E. Fitzpatrick Dec. 26, 1917 at Charleston. He died June 15, 1962.
Survivors include a son, George, Charleston; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Hillis, Charleston; and Mrs. Lola Meeker. El Sobrante, Calif. ; four grandchildren; and a brother, Elverson Baker, Paris. Five brothers preceded her in death. [unknown newspaper, 2 Jan 1963]

Charles D. Garner
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Word was received today by Mrs. Gloria Garner, 137 Arago St., that her husband, Second Lt. Charles D. Garner was killed in action Feb. 26 (1953) in Korea. Garner was serving with Company E of the 38th Infantry regiment. He was a member of the 44th Division, National Guard, for three years before it was activated in Feb 1952. He received additional training at Ft. Benning, GA and Camp Cooke, Calif., before going overseas. A son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Garner of Heyworth, Ill., he was employed at Caterpillar Tractor Co. before entering service. "Peoria News"

Helen Jean Garner
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"Miss Helen Jean Garner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Garner who reside on rural route 2 out of Vandalia, died in Barnes Hospital in St. Louis Thursday, Sept. 9, at the age of 19 years, 1 month and 28 days. Her death followed a three month illness during which she underwent two major operations.
Miss Garner graduated from Vandalia high school in the class of 1943. She was born in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. She came into Illinois several years ago with her parents and for the past two years had been a resident of Vandalia. Surviving are her parents and five brothers, Bill, Bob, Tom, Charles and Donald. Bob is a Petty Officer 3/c radio operator stationed at Memphis, Tenn, and Bill is a Staff Sargent in the Army Air Corps stationed at Logan, Utah. Both were home to attend the funeral services of their sister. returning on Tuesday and Wednesday. Funeral services were held in the Schilling Funeral Home in Mattoon, the family's former home, Sunday afternoon, with the Methodist ministers of that city officiating. Burial was in Dodge Grove Cemetery in Mattoon."
"The Vandalia Leader", Vandalia, Fayette Co, IL, Sept 1943

Thomas Arthur Garner
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Thomas Garner, AMM3, USN, along with eleven other crew members, was lost at sea in a US Navy PBM3S patrol seaplane, Bu. No.6545, Sqd VPB2-OTU#3, in the Bermuda Triangle. They left the Naval Air Station, Banana River, FL. at 7:07 P.M July 09,1945 for a radar training flight to Great Exuma, Bahama Islands. Their last radio position report was sent at 1:16 A.M., Lat/Long 25-22N 77.34W, near Providence Island, after which they were never heard from again. An extensive ten day surface and air search, including a carrier sweep, found nothing. A memorial stone is placed for Tom at the Garner family plot in Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon, Coles Co, IL. [It is engraved incorrectly, showing him as being born in 1925.] Thomas Arthur Garner, a student of Mattoon schools until 1941, graduated as a member of the Class of 1943, Vandalia High School, Vandalia, Fayette Co, IL. He had not married.

John H Eads
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John H Eads highly respected citizen residing at the eastern edge of the city, passed away Monday afternoon at 4:20 following a long illness. Funeral services were conducted from the Fairview church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev J.L. Goleman officiating, followed by interment in Fairview Cemetery.
John H Eads, son of Lewis and Polly Ann Eads, was born near Bloomington IN Feb 2 1856 and departed this life at his home near Oakland, April 10 1933 being at the time of his demise 77 years 2 months and 8 days of age. At the age of 19 years he came to Illinois and on August 16, 1877 he was united in marriage to Miss Alice Miller and to this union four children were born. The younger of these, Hadley Paul, left this world at the age of 11 years in 1819. The three surviving children are Mrs Almertie Swinford, of Charleston, James Walter Eads and Mrs Alma Riley of Oakland. These with the aged companion are left to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and father. One brother A.J. Eads of Oakland also survives, together with nine grandchildren, 6 (5?) great grandchildren and many other more distant relatives and friends.
"Uncle" John has been in poor health for many months. On May 17 1932 he was taken to the Oakwood hospital in Charleston and submitted to a major operation from which he never fully recovered. He returned to his home on June 17 and his condition gradually grew worse despite all that loving hands and medical skill could do.
The funeral of John Eads was held at Fairview church Wednesday afternoon with interment in the Fairview cemetery. Mr Eads lived for many years on the Norton farm in this neighborhood. The Oakland Messenger 13 Apr 1933, contributed by Src# 2

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Brother Slays Sister
Funeral services for the little four year old daughter of Mr and Mrs A.L. Osborn, who live near Murdock, were held Thursday afternoon from the home in charge of the pastor of the Murdock church, with burial in the VanVoorhis cemetery near Hindsboro.
Death was the result of an accident which occured Wednesday morning about 9 o'clock; when the young son of Mr and Mrs Osborn accidentally shot and killed his little sister. A member of the family had been out in the field taking a shot at a rabbit. He failed to kill the rabbit and brought the gun in the house and laid it on a chair. The small son picked up the gun and accidentally discharged it. The Oakland Messenger 26 May 1921

Betty Brown
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Former Oakland Lady Dies At Arthur Sunday
Mrs Betty Brown born in the St Omer neighborhood seventy-two years ago, a resident of Oakland and vicinity all of her life, excepting the last eight years when she moved to Arthur, IL, died in Arthur at 11 o'clock Sunday night (21 Apr). Death was attributed to heart trouble and complications. The funeral services were held at the Pentecost church here on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery.
Mrs Brown, formerly Miss Betty Hite, was married to John Dean of this vicinity a number of years ago. Eight years ago she was married to John Brown of Arthur and moving to that place after her marriage to Mr Brown which has since been her home. She leaves her husband, John Brown , two sons, Jim Dean of Oakland and Charles Dean of Arthur, and two daughters Mrs Fay Combs of Arthur, and Mrs Cora Barnes of Wichita Kansas, children by her former marriage, and a brother Ben Hite of Oakland. [The Oakland Messenger Thurs. 25 Apr 1934]

Joseph H Trueblood
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Joseph H Trueblood Drowns in Brush Creek
Cries for help as he goes down but his companion was afraid.

Was in Water About 20 Minutes Before He Was Gotten Out- Stream a Small One, But Boy Steps in Hole.

Joseph H Trueblood, age 20 years was drowned in Brush Creek 4 & 1/2 miles southeast of this city Monday afternoon (
16 June) about 1:30. The particulars of the accident are as follows: Joe and Floyd White, a neighbor boy, had gone to Brush Creek to fish and later decided to wade up and down the creek which in most places is not over knee deep and not wide enough but what one could jump across the stream. White said Joe was wading about eight feet in front of him and stepped off in the hole under the bridge, which spans the creek. Neither Joe nor White could swim and when Joe stepped in the hole he called to White to give him his hand but White said he was afraid the drowning man would pull him under and instead of going to his assistance he ran to the home of Joe's brother, Perry, a half quarter away, for help, and the boys summoned Harry Rowe. T.E. Ogle, of Kansas, happened along in his car and when informed that a boy had drowned he jerked off his overalls, jumped in and brought Joe out. Soon a large crowd gathered and artificial respiration was used but to no avail, the boy having been in the water too long. When Dr Beck arrived he announced there was no sign of life. Joe was placed on a blanket and taken to the home of his brother. Undertaker J.E. Taber was called and removed the body to his undertaking parlors where and inquest was conducted Monday evening at 5:30, Deputy Coroner Joe Lewis of Charleston being in charge.

The following coroner's jury was selected:
WE Benoit, foreman; Ralph Hall, Sam Daugherty, Alfred M Snoddy, JA Hartley, and Walter Swinford. The following evidence was introduced:

Floyd White- My residence is East Oakland township, my occupation is farmer. Joe and I were wading in creek; Joe started to get out and bank slipped with him and he fell in hole; I went to get Perry Trueblood (adopted son of Charles Birch) at his home to get help; this happened about 1:15 Monday June 16 in the afternoon; I had known Joe about one week. As Joe went down he called for help and said "give me your hand" I was afraid to; Joe was about eight feet in front of me when he stepped to hole; I was in water about to my knees. We had no trouble of any kind. The name of this creek is Brush Creek. We both had our clothes on. I went after help after Joe went down the second time.

Harry Rowe- My residence is East Oakland township and my occupation farmer. Was working in field west of my house when Perry drove up and said boy had drowned; we drove to bridge. They put ladder down and I used rake trying to locate body. TE Ogle fo Kansas came along jerked off overalls and jumped in and brought Joe up. Dr Beck was called.

Perry Trueblood- I live about a half quarter from creek; brother had been staying with me; he is pass? 20 years of age. At about 1:20 June 16 I was at home getting dinner; White boy came up and said Joe had drowned. We got ladder and put I down in creek but we couldn't find him. Harry Rowe got rake. Ogle came along and got Joe out.

Dr F? P? Beck- Was called to scene of drowning; had boy on bank when I got there and were using artificial respiration. No water came from his lungs. In my opinion death was due to drowning.

Roscoe? Collins- In my opinion Joe was in water about 20 minutes. Some water came up from lungs at first, was there when they got him out. Hole was about eight feet deep, creek is about 15 feet wide; don't know how wide hole is.

After hearing the evidence the jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.
Joseph Trueblood had been working at Westfield on a farm and was given leave when the ground was so dry that plowing could not be done, coming to the home of his brother Perry, a week or ten days ago, intending to return to Westfield as soon as he could work in the field. Joseph H Trueblood was the son of Wm L and Ellen Trueblood and was born in the state of Nebraska being at the time of his death twenty years of age on Dec 1 last. He is survived by his mother Mrs Ellen Trueblood, Salina Colo., and four brothers Raymond and Frank, Charleston; Perry, Oakland; and Wayne, Rocky Ford, Colo. One brother Robert, was drowned at Camp Logan Colo. about 10 years ago. His father preceded him in death and is buried at Charleston where the family lived a number of years.
Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church in Oakland, Wednesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev JL Goleman officiating, followed by interment in Huckaba cemetery east of Charleston.
[The Oakland Messenger Thursday 19 June 1930]

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MRS. H.C. TOWLES, ASHMORE RESIDENT, PASSES AWAY Special to Journal Gazette--1912 Ashmore, Ill., Dec. 5.--Mrs H.C. Towles died at her home southeast of the village limits on Tuesday at one o'clock at the age of fifty-five years. Funeral was held at the Christian church in Charleston today. Interment was in Mound cemetery, Charleston.

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OCTOGENARIAN PASSES AWAY Rev. Henry C. Towles, age 85 years, 11 months, 11 days, died from apoplexy at his home at Kemp, Douglas County, yesterday evening at 6:30 O'clock after a long illness. Rev. Towles was born at LaBelle, MO., but had lived in this vicinity for 20 years. He was an evangelist of the Church of Christ. The body was taken to the Harper funeral home to await funeral arrangements. The burial will take in Mound cemetery, it is known. Serviving is the widow, Mrs. Grace Frances Towles; the following children: Frank D. Towles, Ashmore; C.R. Towles, Bridgeton, N.J.; Mrs. Ernie Towles of Three Rivers, Mich., is a daughter-in-law. Also there are 14 grand children and 16 great grand-children.

Clemency Carter
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Mattoon, IL Journal Gazette Tuesday 6 July 1937

Mrs. James R. Carter died at 5:45 o'clock Sunday afternoon at her home, 720 Piatt avenue. She had been in ill-health for some time, but had been bedfast only two weeks. Death was caused by cancer of the liver and gallbladder. The funeral was held at 3 o'clock this afternoon in the Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. Mack Tate of Lerna officiating. Burial was in the Hagen cemetery, west of Bradbury.

Mrs. Carter, as Clemency Ann Gaines, was born Nov. 18, 1861, in Cumberland County where she spent the greater part of her life. She was married on Feb. 23, 1881, to James R. Carter. She had lived in Mattoon only a short time.

Surviving besides the husband are nine children, Riley Carter of Charleston, Allison Carter, Charles Carter, Grover Carter and James R. Carter Jr. all of Mattoon; Mrs. Clara Buddy of Champaign, Mrs. Zelma Wellbaum of Yakima, Wash.,and Mrs. Tessie Eaton and Mrs. Ruth Peters of Mattoon. There are also 31 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren besides three brothers, John Gaines of Mattoon, Ed Gaines of Lerna and Charles Gaines of Janesville.

Mrs. Carter was a member of the Christian church.

Alma Higgenbotham
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Death Summons Mrs. Alma Higgenbotham

Mrs. Alma Higgenbotham, 67, a former resident of Charleston, widow of the late James Higgenbotham, died at her home, 624 South 21st St., Mattoon, at 8 o'clock Thursday night, following a week's illness of asthma and heart trouble. The funeral services will be held at the Swank-Mitchell Funeral Home, Mattoon, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon with the Reverend C. C. Breen, of Charleston, officiating. Burial will be in Brown's chapel cemetery, southwest of Charleston.
Mrs. Higgenbotham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Gilliland, was born near Charleston, July 31, 1873, and was married to Mr. Higgenbotham 45 years ago. The husband died in 1936. She leaves her mother and two sons, Daniel and Francis, and a brother, Mont Gilliland, of Charleston. She had made Mattoon her home for some years.

Theodore Rathe
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Greenup- Theodore H. Rathe Jr, 83, of Greenup, passed away at 5:10 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, 1997, at his residence. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p/m/ on Monday, at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Stewart Jamison officiating. Burial will be in the Humboldt Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Theodore was born on January 13, 1914, in Humboldt Township, the son of Theodore Richard Robert and Flora Louise Homann Rathe. He married Opal Carter on October 30, 1935. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Allan Rathe and wife Judy of Greenup, Douglas Rathe and wife Linda of Spring, Tex., Robert Rathe and wife Harriet of Waltonville; one daughter, Marjorie Henderson and husband Robert of Fairfild Calif., one sister, Bertha Rathe of Mattoon; one niece Lynn McGinnis and husband Glenn of St. Petersburg, Fla. 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his twin brother Henry H. Rathe. Mr. Rathe was a farmer and co-owner/operator of Rathe Nursey. [Journal Gazette Page B8 Sat. Sept 27, 1997]

Opal Ione Rathe
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Opal Ione Rathe, 89, of Casey, formerly of Mattoon and Greenup, passed away at 4:40 a.m. on Friday October 14, 2005, at the Heartland Nursing Center in Casey.

Funeral services in tribute to her life will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20th, at the Schilling Funeral Home with the Reverand Lou Butler officiating. Burial will follow in the Humboldt Township Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held from Noon until 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the funeral home.

Opal was born September 1, 1916, in Mattoon, a daughter of Charles and Edna (Wellbaum) Carter. She married Theodore "Ted" Rathe on October 30, 1935. He passed away on September 25, 1997. She was also preceded in death a brother, Eugene Carter; a sister, Madonna Seaman; and a son-in-law, Robert Henderson. Survivors incluse her three sons, Allan Rathe and wife Judy of Greenup, Douglas Rathe and wife Linda of Spring, Texas and Robert Rathe and wife Harriet of Waltonville; her daughter Marjorie Henderson of Fairfield, California; a brother-in-law, Gene Seaman of Mattoon; sisters-in-law Violet Rathe and Betty Carter, both of Mattoon; ten grandchildren; and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Rathe was part owner of the former Rathe's Garden House in Mattoon until its closing in 1978. She was a member of the Central Community Church in Mattoon.
[Times Courier, Tuesday 10/18/2005 page B5]

Theodore R. Rathe
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Theodore Richard Robert Rathe, 67, 716 Wabash avenue, Mattoon City Forester, died of complications in Memorial Hospital this morning at 11:15 o'clock. He had been receiving treatment there since Wednesday, but had been in ill health for two years.

The body was taken to the Schilling funeral home. Arrangments are incomplete. Mr. Rathe was born near Sigel , Dec.12, 1882. The family moved to a farm four miles northest of MAttoon in 1887. Mr Rathe attended Valparaiso University and started a tree nursery in Humboldt Township in 1918. He married Miss Flora Homann of Mattoon, May 9, 1907.

In 1945, when many of Mattoon's elm trees became diseased, Mr. Rathe was appointed City Forester by the City Commission. He served without any salary and represented the city at many state and national conservation conventions he attended. He was a member of the National Shade Tree Conference. Besides his wife, Mr. Rathe is survived by two sons, Theodore and Henry, of northeast of Mattoon; a daughter, Miss Bertha Rathe of Mattoon; and six grandchildren.

He was formery deacon of the Central Community church and past exalted ruler of the Elks.
[Mattoon Journal Gazette Feb 20, 1951 page 1]

Funeral services for Theodore Rathe set

Funeral services for Theodore R. Rathe, 67, 716 Wabash avenue, will be held in the Central Community church Thursday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Delbert Wickstrom officiating. Burial with graveside services under the auspices of the Mattoon Elks will be in the Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mr. Rathe, Mattoon City Forester, died in Memorial Hospital Tuesday Morning at 11:15 o'clock. He had been in ill health for two years.
[Mattoon, IL Journal Gazette 21 Feb. 1951 page 1]

Mrs. Flora Rathe
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Mrs. Flora Rathe, 76, of 709 Wabash, co-owner of Rathe Nurseries, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday in Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. Earl O'Neal officiating. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery. Friends may call after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Rathe was born Oct. 10, 1887, in Arcola the daughter of Henry and Sophia Pardieck Homann. She was married to Theodore Rathe May 9, 1907, near Dorans. Mrs. Rathe and her husband opened the Rathe Nurseries, located four miles northeast of Mattoon, in 1916(1918?). She had operated the nursery with her children since the death of her husband in 1951. She was a member of the Golden Circle of Central Community Church and Elks Ladies. Surviving are two sons, Theodore H. and Henry H., both of near Humboldt; a daughter, Miss Bertha A. Rathe , Mattoon; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. [
Journal Gazette Wednesday Dec 11, 1963 page 3]

Charlie Carter
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Charlie Carter is Summoned by Death

Mattoon, Ill., April 20.--Charlie Carter, 54, residing five miles north of Mattoon, died in the Memorial Hospital at 1:45 o'clock Saturday afternoon, following an operation performed two weeks ago. The funeral services were held at the Mt. Zion church, 11 miles north of here, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.

Mr. Carter, born in Cumberland County, September 17, 1887, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Carter. He was married to Miss Edna Wellbaum on April 2, 1910, who, with a son, Eugene, and two daughters, Mrs. Theodore Rathe , living nortest of here, and Madonna at home, survives. He is also survived by four brothers, Riley Carter of Charleston, and Allison Carter, James Carter and Grover Carter, all of Mattoon, and four sisters, Miss Clara Carter of Champaign, Mrs. Ruth Peters of Mattoon, Mrs. Zelda Wellbaum of Washington State, and Mrs. Charles Davidson of Tennessee.

He followed farming all of his life. [
Mattoon Paper April 20, page 5]

Mrs. Edna Mae Carter
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Mattoon - Mrs. Edna Mae Carter, 81, of Humboldt died at 8:10 p.m. at Mattoon Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Carter was born Feb. 5, 1892 in Coles County, the daughter of Andrew and Nora Miller Wellbaum. She married Charles Carter. He died in 1942. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Theo (Opal) Rathe Jr., Humboldt Township, and Mrs. Gene (Madinna) Seaman, Route 1; a son, Eugene, Mattoon; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Rowland, Sullivan, Mrs. Ruth Kuhn, Oblong, and Miss Ora Wellbaum, Cooks Mills; and 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Schilling's Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Pullen officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call feom 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. [
Times Courier, April 19th, page 3]

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Henry Homann, for many years a farmer residing northeast of Mattoon, died at his home, 220 North Twenty-first Street on Sunday evening at 7:30 o'clock. Mr. Homann had been in poor health for about 5 months, suffering from anaemia. During the past month he was bedfast, and for about a week his condition was serious.

Funeral services will be conducted at St. John's Lutheran church Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, following a short service at the home at 10 o'clock. Rev. M.F. Oberndorfer, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mr. Homann was born in Franklin county , Missouri, on February 2, 1862, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Homann. In 1873 the family moved to Illinois and settled in Coles county on a farm about four miles northwest of Mattoon. On January 13, 1887, Mr. Homann married Sophia Pardieck in Mattoon, and immediatelyafter the marriage they moved to a farm in Douglas county, south of Arcola. In 1893 they moved back to Coles County, settling on a farm about 3 miles northeast of Mattoon. In 1896 Mr. Homann purchased a farm in Lafayette township about 2 miles northeast of the city, where they continued to live until Mr. Homann retired from active farm life in 1919. Mr. and Mrs. Homann then purchased the present home at 220 North Twenty-First street, where they lived since that time.

The survivors are the wife, one son, Harvey Homann, who lives on the old home place northeast of town, and one daughter, Mrs. Theodore Rathe, North of Mattoon. There are four brothers, A.F. Homann, E.C. Homann, and Charles Homann, all living northeast of town, and John Homann of Ringsted, Iowa, and three sisters, Miss Rose Homann and Miss Mary Homann, both of Chicago, and Miss Amelia Homann of Washington D.C. There are also seven grandchildren surviving.

Mr. Homann was a life-long member of the Lutheran church, and at the time of his death held the office of deacon in the St. John's Lutheran church of Mattoon. [
Mattoon, Illinois Journal Gazette Monday Nov 15, 1926]

Sophia Homann
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Death calls Mrs. Sophia Homann

Mattoon, Nov. 4- Mrs Sophia Homann 81, longtime resident of Coles county, died at her home here at 10:25 o'clock Wednesday night from complications that are incident to and usually accompany old age. The funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon at St. John's Lutheran church with the pastor, the Reverand E.T.J. Birner officiating. The burial will follow in Dodge Grove cemetery.

Mrs. Homann, born in Columbus, Ind. in July 1852 came here with her parents in 1883. She was married to Henry Homann, June 13, 1887. The couple resided here for awhile; before moving to Arcola where they resided for six years, when they returned to Coles county and settled on a farm northeast of here. They retired in 1920 and moved to this city where Mr. Homann died in 1926. She leaves a son, a daughter, two brothers, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. [
Mattoon Illinois Journal Gazette, 4 Nov 1943, page 1]

Louise Pardick
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Mrs. Pardick (sic)

Mrs. Louise Pardick, died at the family residence near Doran, May 30,1898. The funeral took place at the home of the deceased, Wednesday, at 10 a.m., and the remains were laid to rest in Dodge Grove Cemetery. [
Mattoon Gazette Fri June 3 1898]

James L. Carter
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source #60

J.L. Carter Dies; Long Ill

James L. Carter died at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of a son, Allison Carter, 720 Piatt avenue, after a long illness. Death was due to complications incident to old age. Mr. Carter was 84 years old. The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at the Schilling funeral home, with Rev. S.A. Hughart officiating. Burial will be in the Hagens cemetery near Bradbury.

Mr. Carter was born Feb. 4, 1865, on a farm in Jasper county, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Saul Carter. When a young man he moved to Cumberland county where he farmed and later operated a saw mill. He married Miss Clemency Ann Gaines of Cumberland county about 60 years ago. They moved to Windsor in 1892, and resided there many years. Mrs. Carter died July 4, 1937. Since that time Mr. Carter had made his home with his son, Allison. Surviving besides Allison Carter are four other sons, Riley Carter of Charleston, Charles and James Carter, residing northwest of Mattoon, and Grover Carter of Mattoon; four daughters, Mrs. Tess Eaton of Mattoon, Mrs. Clara Eaton of Champaign, Mrs. Zelma Wellbaum of Yakima, Wash., and Mrs. Ruth Peters of Neoga, and a brother, John Carter of Savannah, Ga. [
Mattoon, IL Journal Gazette Wednesday 28 Feb 1940 page 1]

Mattoon, IL Journal Gazette Thursday 29 Feb 1940 page 12

The funeral of James L. Carter was held at 10 o'clock this morning at the Schilling Funeral Home, with Rev. S.A. Hughart officiating. Mrs. Carroll Faris, accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Paul B. Myers, sang, "Sunrise" and "Crossing the Bar." Pallbearers were Eugene Carter, Robert Peters, Richard Eaton, Grover Carter Jr., Kenneth Carter, and Lawrence Eaton. Burial was in the Hagens cemetery near Bradbury.

Richard Welbaum
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Funeral of Old North Okaw Resident Held This Afternoon From Web Chapel.

Special to Journal-Gazette Cooks Mills, Ill., May 10.--Richard Welbaum, better known in this vicinity as "Uncle Dick" Welbaum, died on Tuesday Morning about 8:30 o'clock at his home, a short distance southwest of this village, demise being due to paralysis and grip, from which he had suffered for some time. The funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock from Webb Chapel, conducted by Rev. W. R. Shores of Humboldt, with burial in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Welbaum had been a resident of this vicinity for nearly forty years, coming here from Cumberland County. For the last fifteen or sixteen years he had conducted a grocery store at his home. He was known to nearly every man, woman, and child in this entire section. He was sixty-nine years old and is survived by his widow and seven children-- John Welbaum, Ed Welbaum, Bert Welbaum, William Welbaum, Andrew Welbaum, and Mrs. Al Love, all living at home or in the immediate vicinity, and Mrs. Allison Brown, wife of a farmer near Arcola. A brother lives south of Greenup, but he is so feeble that he could not attend the funeral service. [Mattoon, IL Journal Gazette May 10 1911 Page 1]

Jennie Ethington

Funeral services for Jennie M. Ethington, 102 of Council Bluffs, formerly of Atlantic, were held Monday at the Meyer Funeral Home in Council Bluffs. Burial was in the Brighton Cemetery near Marne. She died Aug 23 at the Bethany Lutheran Home.

Mrs Ethington was born at Matton
(sic), Ill, and lived in Atlantic for 20 years and in Omaha for five years before coming to Council Bluffs in 1936. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee, in 1958.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs Jack (Betty Lee) Pfeifer of Beaverton, Ore; a son, Robert of Akron, Ohio; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren
[Atlantic News Telegraph, Thursday, August 29, 1996---Atlantic, IA - contributed by source #182]

Lester Dale Lee
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CHARLESTON, IL -- Lester Dale Lee, age 57 of Charleston and formerly of Sullivan, Illinois, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at his home. Lester's family, along with his church family, will host Memorial Services celebrating his life at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (December 3) at the United Pentecostal Tabernacle, 2442 Harrison Street in Charleston, with Reverend Kenneth R. Pate officiating. There will be no Visitation or Inurnment. Lester was born October 3, 1948 in Charleston the son of Loren P. and Edna M. (Drake) Lee. He was united in marriage to Shelia White on October 26, 1994 in Franklin, Kentucky. He is survived by Shelia, his loving wife of eleven years; a son, Greg Turnbow and his girlfriend Carrie Fasbender, both of Osseo, Wisconsin; one sister, Margaret Brown and her husband John of Hindsboro, Illinois; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Dorothy White of Sullivan; special friends, Dean and Ginger Wright of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and one sister, Karen Myerscough preceded him. Lester was a United States Army Veteran having served in Vietnam. He was a fifteen year employee of the Charleston Fire Department and for the past ten years served as a computer consultant. Lester was a member of the United Pentecostal Tabernacle in Charleston and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul McVey Post 1592 of Charleston. He was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and provided adult leadership for local Boy Scout Troops, helping with their camps and other scouting activities. Lester's interests included genealogy, computers and leather-working. He enjoyed flowers and red and yellow carnations were his favorite. He will be remembered as a loving husband to Shelia and a loving father to Greg. [Published in the Journal Gazette & Times Courier on 12/1/2005.]

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CHARLESTON, IL - Mary Elizabeth Thomason, age 77 of Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 20, 2006 at Lakewood Village in Charleston. Adams Funeral Chapel will host Services honoring and celebrating her life on Sunday (July 23) at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Scott Sims and Pastor Curt Weaver officiating. Interment will follow in Hurricane Cemetery, in Hutton Town-ship. Visitation will be held at the funeral chapel this evening (Saturday) from 5:00 - 7:00.
Mary was born May 30, 1929 in Moultrie County, Illinois the daughter of Virgil and Carrie (Hout) Trader. She was united in marriage to Donald Thomason on June 7,1948. They celebrated fifty one years of marriage before he passed away on November 16, 1999.
She is survived by four children Chris Thomason and his wife Lynn, Sandy Willison and her husband Mike, Andy Thomason and Jerry Thomason and his wife Kathy, all of Charleston; nine grandchildren, Christy Craft and her husband Eric, Carrie Warner and her husband Jim, Dawn Cromwell and her husband Donald, Whitney Thomason, Lacey Thomason, Nicholas Thomason, Amanda Thomason, Alyssa Thomason and Jerod Thomason, all of Charleston; six great grandchildren, Blake Craft, Brooke Craft, Marie Cromwell, Donald Cromwell, Allie Cromwell and Tyler Warner, all of Charleston; two sisters, Garnett Grissom and her husband John of Decatur, Illinois and Wilma England and her husband Jim of Tolono, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Sherman Trader. Mary was a longtime faithful member of the East Harrison Street Church of God where she actively participeted in various aspects of the church's ministry. She led Bible study groups, taught Sunday School, assisted with children's Bible School programs and was an active supporter of Missions and of Women's Ministries. When she wasn't tending to their home and children Mary assisted with the family business known today as RexDon Trucking.
Mary's hobbies included crafts, knitting and crocheting and searching for the next rummage sale. She enjoyed boating with the family, traveling with Don, watching the hummingbirds, playing cards with family and friends and volunteering at the Douglas Hart Nature Center. But it was Mary's love for others and the kindnesses she extended w hich will forever be remembered. She consistently placed others needs before her own and specialtimes in their lives were always acknowledged with a card. She helped to lift the spirits of residents in area nursing homes when she along with her accordion, Don and his guitar, and a group called "Just For Fun" provided entertaining programs. Her smile was contagious and her sense of humor and repertoire of practical jokes made it delightful to be in her presence. Her unconditional love and devotion to her family was bountiful and never ending and her memories are now treasures in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

George Smith

Death of Old Soldier
Comrade George Smith, died at the hospital of the Soldier's home, Feb. 12, 1911, aged 70 years, 8 months and 21 days. He enlisted as a private in Co. C., 62nd Ill. Vol. Inf., during the Civil War at Mattoon, Ill, Feb 1, 1862 and was discharged at Little Rock, Ark., Feb 2, 1864 by reason of re-enlistment. He was born in London, England, in 1840. His religious belief was Protestant. According tot he records of the Home he was unmarried. He was admitted to the home May 22, 1896. He was one of the best members of the Home as well as one of the first. Universally liked by its members for his quiet retiring disposition, gentlemanly manners, sterling qualities and kindness of heart. The funeral services were held in the assembly room of the Home at three p.m. Feb 18 conducted by Rev. Stocking. No relatives of the deceased was present, but all the members of the home were in attendance. Milford Review.
"Blue Valley Blade, Seward County, Nebraska, Feb. 22, 1911., contributed by source #185)


October 06, 1920 - August 12, 2006
Jane L. Mahon age 85 of Farina, Illinois died 5:45 PM Saturday August 12, 2006 at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital Effingham Illinois. Memorial service and burial will be at a later date at Mound Cemetery Charleston, Illinois. No visitation is scheduled. Kessel Funeral Home Saint Elmo is in charge of arrangements. Jane was born on October 6, 1920 in Charleston, Illinois the daughter of George B. and Nelle (Newman) Abbott. She married Herschel D. Mahon on July 4, 1942 in San Angelo, Texas and he preceded her in death on May 14, 1999. She was a homemaker and Charter/Lifetime Member of the Saint Elmo Golf Club. Jane is survived by One Son: Jim (Wife: Cecilia) Mahon of Farina and One Sister: Carolyn Paul of Charleston, Five grandchildren, e leven great grandchildren and one niece. She is preceded in death by: Her parents, husband, and one brother: George Abbott Jr.

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