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Ford County, IL Obituaries

All of these were contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted

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Luella M. Johnson Brooke Marie Martin John A. Miller Marvin J. Richard Barbara J. Weber
Margaret E. Wilson Dean William Winter Judith A. Hamrick Kenneth W. Mineer Francis Rebholz
Vernette F. Schneider Virginia Ann Underwood Richard Kietzman C. Wilbur Reep Walter C. Reiners
Virginia R. Robertson Mildred Irene Robb Kimberly K. Welch Russell E. Zeedyk Ralph R. Jones
Norma L. Koritz Alicia A.R. Perkins Anna Isabelle Griggs George M. Kobel Helen Lackey
Margaret E. Lynch Anna F. Presson Gladys H. Jones Robin L. Genzel Mary Ann Vanscoyoc
Raymond H.C. Henrichs Elden F. Miller Evelyn A. Ortlepp Lester S. Puffer Rev. Clyde J. Ingold
Otha Lindsay Donald Edward May Pearl L. Reynolds Mildred V. Holmes Harold J. Roetzel
Marie L. Steiner Lois Stotts Esther M. Vehrs Orville W. Zander Arthur Lee Kumler
Wilma O. Young Newton Hagaman Louisa Hahn Lawrence Ropp Clara B. Ropp
Edna Ropp Springer Howard B. Springer "Col." Ambrose DUDLEY  Dr. George W. DUDLEY  H. C. GEACH
James GILMORE David GIVEN Mrs. Ella HILL Mrs. Nellie JONES J. B. LOTT

LUELLA M. (FAIRLEY) JOHNSON Luella M. Johnson, 88, of Roberts died at 2:16 p.m. Thursday 5-1-2003 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. Funeral services were private, the Rev. Paul Darveau officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Johnson was born 10-14-1914 in Roberts, a daughter of Ray and Anna Preising Fairley. She married George M. Johnson in 1933. He died 5-14-1993. Surviving are one daughter, Elsie (Edwin) Bertram of Roberts; two grandchildren, Mark Bertram of Thomasboro and Rhonda Rock of Roberts; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; five sisters and four brothers. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Johnson worked at Hicks Cafe in Roberts for 30 years as a cook. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts.


BROOKE MARIE MARTIN Brooke Marie Martin, 22, Gibson City, died at 6:40 p.m. Friday 5-2-2003 in Normal. No foul play is suspected, according to the McLean County Coroner's Office. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Joseph Mundakal officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Ms. Martin was born 11-3-1980 in Urbana, a daughter of John and Linda Anderson Martin. They survive. Also surviving are her fiancee, Adam Nestel of Normal; her maternal grandmother, Adele Anderson of Forrest; and her paternal grandfather, Stanley D. Martin of Hurley, Wis. Her maternal grandfather and her paternal grandmother preceded her in death. Ms. Martin lived in Gibson City all of her life. She graduated from Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley High School in 1998 and had planned to graduate from Illinois State University on Saturday with a bachelor's degree in business administration and a minor in insurance. She was a member of Gamma Iota Sigma Insurance fraternity. She was an active member of and youth liaison at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. She enjoyed dancing on her school's dance team. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City - Melvin - Sibley dance team or to her church.


JOHN A. MILLER John A. Miller, 92, Ashkum born: 4-12-1911 in Douglas Twp parents: John F. and Anna E. Horwell Miller wed: Hilda Reinagle 5-19-1933 in Watseka. She died 10-14-1996 died: 5-1-2003 at Watseka Health Care Center services: St. Edmunds Catholic Church, Watseka burial: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Martinton


MARVIN J. RICHARD Marvin J. Richard, 68, Sibley, died at 12 a.m. Monday 5-5-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. David Pavesic officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Mr. Richard will be cremated. Visitation will be private. He was born 11-23-1934 in Defiance, Ohio, a son of John and Stella Kerr Richard. He married Patricia J. Coon in June 1969 at Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are five daughters, Jeane (Kirk) Simon of Kileen, Texas, Joanie (Jeff) Gillis and Janelle Richard, both of Urbana, Wanda (Dave) Schmidt of Naperville and Wayne (Rod) Emberson of Paxton; his adopted grandson, A.J. Richard of Sibley; his twin sister, Joan Perkins of Gibson City; five other brothers and sisters and seven grandchildren. His parents and three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Richard served in the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver for M&W Gear for more than 30 years. He was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed having coffee with his friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the A.J. Richard scholarship fund.


BARBARA J. (WEBSTER) SMITH, WEBER Barbara J. Weber, 72, Gibson City, died at 10 p.m Tuesday 4-29-2003 at Watseka Health Care Center, Watseka. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Mrs. Weber was born 10-1-1930 at Watseka, a daughter of West and Helen Hitchcock Webster. She married Delmar Smith 7-3-1949 at Rankin. She later married Charles Weber in 1979. He died in 1986. Surviving are one daughter, Dawn Wycoff of Rantoul; three grandchildren, Jerod Wycoff, Kelly Wycoff and Amy Wycoff; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Greg Webster of Houston; and two sisters, Marla Rhonhovde of Everett, Wash. and Jane Custer of Watseka. Her parents preceded her in death. Mrs. Weber moved to Gibson City in 1985. She formerly lived in Thawville. She worked at Kraft Foods for many years and later at County Market, Gibson City, in the deli. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City and the Gibson City Moose Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Pallbeaarers were Harry Loy, George Davenport, Doug Custer and Josh McClain.


MARGARET ELIZABETH (BOUHL) WILSON Margaret Elizabeth Wilson, 87, of Urbana, formerly of Piper City, died at 2:25 a.m. Wednesday 4-30-2003 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Her funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City, the Rev. John Balluff officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. She was born 10-25-1915 in Piper City, a daughter of Albert and Mary Ann Ziehr Bouhl. She married Elmer Wilson on 2-12-1946 in Piper City. He died 4-28-1979. Survivors include one daughter, Judith (Arlon) McGuire, Mahomet; three grandsons, Scott Boma, Phillip Boma and James McGuire; six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Grace Barz, Rantoul; and Berniece Wilson, Springfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She was a homemaker and beautician. She spent her childhood and attended schools in Piper City. Memorials may be made to Champaign County Nursing Home, where she resided for the past 11 years.


DEAN WILLIAM WINTER A memorial service was held 4-17-2003 for Dean William Winter, at Grace Lutheran Church, Raleigh, NC. He died 4-14-2003 at his home in Raleigh. Mr. Winter was born 8-7-1921 in Sibley. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a brother, Dale Winter and wife, the Rev. Edith Winter, Saugatuck, Mich., a sister, Ioma Adams, Tomahawk, Wis.; two sons, Dean C. Winter and his wife, Jenny, Helotes, Texas; and Allan W. Winter and his wife Mary, Fayette, NC; a daughter, Carolyn Winter, Raleigh; and three grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Illinois and served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army from 1943 - 1946. He returned to the University of Illinois and graduated with an additional bachelor of arts degree in agricultural engineering.


JUDITH A. HAMRICK Judith A. Hamrick, 51, of Paxton died at 4:45 p.m. Friday 3-7-2003 at the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City of natural causes. Funeral services were Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Cremation followed. Miss Hamrick was born 5-30-1951 at Watseka, a daughter of Wayne W. and Donna J. Taylor Hamrick. They survive. Also surviving are her grandmother, Marie Taylor of Easton; one sister, Sandra Kay (James) LaMar of Claytonville; three nephews, Michael (Depsy) LaMar of Camp Lejeune, NC, Wayne LaMar and Christopher LaMar, both of Claytonville; one great-niece, Kayla LaMar of Camp Lejeune, NC and numerous other relatives. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents and her maternal grandfather. She graduated from Cissna Park High School in 1969 and the last few years had taken several sign language courses at Parkland College. She had been employed at ITW in Paxton for seven years. Miss Hamrick was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Paxton, where she served as the interpreter for the deaf; also was part of Walk to Emmaus. She enjoyed reading and attending Disciple Bible study at her church.

HARM HENRICHS Harm D. Henrichs, 103, of Gilman born: 2-3-1900 in Ash Grove Twp parents: Henry H. and Maria Bormann Henrichs wed: November 1924 to Anna Reiners at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Woodworth. She died 6-29-1933 died: Sunday 3-9-2003 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka buried: St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Woodworth


KENNETH MINEER Kenneth W. "Unk" Mineer, 79, of Lake Geneva, a former Paxton resident, died at 1 p.m. Sunday 3-9-2003 at Lakeland Medical Center. He had been in failing health for several years. His body was cremated and there were no services. Mr. Mineer was born 4-14-1924 at Paxton, a son of Ernest and Amanda Lind Mineer. He is survived by one brother, George Mineer of Paxton; a sister-in law, Shirley Mineer of Paxton; one nephew, Steve Mineer of Lincoln University, Pa.; one niece, Ginger Mineer of Paxton; and several other relatives. He was preceded in death by one brother, Stanley Mineer. Mr. Mineer graduated from Paxton High School and was a fighter pilot in WWII. He retired as a pilot for United Airlines.

FRANCIS REBHOLZ Francis Rebholz, 88, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Chatsworth, Il born: 5-6-1914 in Piper City, parents: John and Rose O'Donnell Rebholz wed: Geraldine Benway; she preceded him in death died: Friday 2-28-2003 10 p.m. at Manatee Hospital, Bradenton, Fl. buried: Services at SSPeter and Paul Catholic Church; burial at Strawn Cemetery.


VERNETTE F. (FREDRICKSON) SCHNEIDER Vernette F. "Grandma" Schneider, 89, of rural Gifford, formerly of Paxton, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday 3-5-2003 at her home. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum and the Rev. Barbara Busboom officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Schneider was born 3-4-1914 at Paxton, the daughter of Albert and Nellie Younggreen Fredrickson. She married William M. Schneider 3-20-1954 at Paxton. He died 4-18-1994. Survivors include one son, John M. (Marjorie) Kuntz, Lake Iroquois, Loda; one daughter, Deborah (Michael) Gallagher, Bloomington; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Parry Schneider; two brothers, Novel Fredrickson and Vennum Fredrickson; and one grandson. Mrs. Schneider graduated from Paxton High School in 1932 and was employed for a number of years as a dental assistant in the offices of Dr. Wayne L. Hamm and Dr. James Dunnan, former Paxton dentists. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Gifford, and the Paxton American Legion Auxiliary. Organist was Linda Kellerhals, and vocalist was Robert Ackerman. Pallbearers were Terry Cler, John Franzen, Stanley Wolken, Darrell Busboom, Ryan Ackerman and John Emkes. Honorary Pallbearers were Wendell Johnson, Walter Wolken, Dale Reynolds, Wilbert Buhr, Glen Reynolds and Mark Rodeen.

THURMAN L. "CORKY" THOMPSON Thurman L. "Corky" Thompson, 73, Gibson City, died at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday 3-5-2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Mr. Thompson was born 8-8-1929 in Decatur, a son of Grover and Ruby (Landreth) Thompson. He married Nora E. Swallow 3-31-1974 at Farmer City and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Sharon Thompson of Gibson City; one stepson, Larry (Lori) Swallow of Gibson City; two grandsons, Christopher and Dustin of Gibson City; three sisters, Dorothy Wood, Harriett Thompson and Frances Foster, all of Decatur, and one brother, Grover Thompson of Decatur. His parents, four sisters and two brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Thompson lived in Gibson City for the past 27 years. He worked for the City of Gibson from 1985 - 1992.

VIRGINIA ANN (UTTERBACK) UNDERWOOD Virginia Ann Underwood, 82, of Gibson City, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday 3-5-2003 at Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Underwood was born 8-22-1920 at Moore, Mont., a daughter of Mont and Lela Elizabeth Sawyer Utterback. She married Delmar R. Underwood 8-26-1939 at Dewey. He died 7-26-2002. Surviving are one son, Delmar Darryl (Mary) Underwood of Manassas, Va.; one daughter, Sharon Kay (Keith) Leathers of Morton; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One brother, Bill Utterback, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Underwood was a member of United Methodist Church, Gibson City to which memorials may be made.


PAXTON RECORD 3-26-2003


RICHARD KIETZMAN Richard Kietzman, 88, of Roberts, died at 5:02 p.m. Wednesday 3-19-2003 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His funeral was Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts, the Rev. Ronald Rasmus officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts, with mililtary rites accorded by Wagner Davis American Legion Post 641. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Kietzman was born 12-7-1914 at Roberts, a son of Edward E. and Minnie A. Repp Kietzman. He married Esther M. Tholen 7-5-1975 at Roberts. She died 6-15-1997. Surviving are one son, Kurt (Fern) Eheart of Champaign; one daughter, Sheila (Doug) Barker of Jackson, Mich.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and one sister, Marie Heeren of Danforth. One brother and three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Kietzman was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts. He was a United States Army veteran of WWII; a member of the Wagner Davis American Legion Post 641 of Roberts and a member of the Melvin VFW. Mr. Kietezman was a highly decorated war veteran, receiving a Purple Heart with a cluster and a Bronze Star.

C. WILBUR REEP C. Wilbur Reep, 89, of Paxton died at 1:32 p.m. Saturday 3-22-2003 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He had been in failing health the past three months. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Barbara Busboom officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. He was born 6-27-1913 in rural Paxton, a son of Charles E. and Mildred Carson Reep. He married Dorothy N. Sandquist 6-16-1940 at the First Lutheran Church in Paxton and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Barbara (Norman) Hanford of Leesburg, Ind., one son, Robert (Nannette) Reep of Springfield; three grandchildren, Emily Christin, Steven Hanford and Gregory Reep, three great-grandchildren; one sister, Winifred Pinkley of Gibson City; and one brother, Warren Reep of Paxton. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mr. Reep attended rural grade school and graduated from Paxton High School. He attended the U of I and Illinois Commercial College. He was employed by General Finance Co. for ten years in Champaign,. Decatur, Sterling and Indianapolis. He was an insurance broker in Paxton for several years before being elected Ford County clerk, an office he held for 26 years. He retired at age 65 but worked part time in the office of the county clerk for several years. He also spent some time as a volunteer income tax assistant at Paxton Carnegie Library. He served in WWII with the 150th Infantry in Panama for two years. He was assigned to Headquarters Company working on record keeping and payrolls. He was a member of the Paxton VFW Post ` No. 4214 and Paxton American Legion Post No. 150. He served as commander of the VFW in 1951-1952, was adjutant for several years and most recently served as chaplain. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Paxton, having served both on the board and as treasurer for several years. He was a 50-year member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge No. 416 AF&AM. Organist was Carolyn Blobaum and vocalist was Kammy Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Wendell Johnson, Del Beckstrand, Vernon Swanson, Warren Currie, Mark Rodeen and Cy Anderson. Pallbearers were Dennis Reep, Ben Reep, Ron Rasmus, John Reep, Chuck Reep and LaVerne Anderson.


WALTER C. REINERS Walter C. "Walt" Reiners, 77, of Milford born: 11-24-1925 on the Reiners family centennial farm in Milford Twp parents: Fred and Dora Henrichs Reiners wed: Elaine Emma Steiner, 4-28-1951 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley and she survives died: Friday 3-21-2003 2:34 p.m. Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka following a sudden illness buried: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery at Schwer, rural Milford.

VIRGINIA R. (ALLEN) ROBERTSON Virginia R. Robertson, 72, of Gibson City, formerly of Streator, died Sunday 3-23-2003 at Loretto Hospital, Chicago. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mark Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery, Streator. born: 8-18-1930 at Streator parents: George V. and Louise Mahnke Allen wed: Hobert M. Robertson, Jr.; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Robertson worked as a nurses aid in nursing homes and shelter care homes. She was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

MILDRED IRENE (STEIN) ROBB Mildred Irene Robb, 87, of Joliet, formerly of Sibley, died Monday 3-24-2003 at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Barbara Good officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mrs. Robb was born 8-30-1915 in Sibley, a daughter of Fred and Dorothea (Berck) Stein. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and their children and four sisters-in-law, Rebie Stein, Geneva Stein, Bethal Stein and Bessie Stein. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Robb in 2000; six brothers, Edward, Frank, Walter, Elmer, Harry and Clarence "Todd." and two sisters, Esther (Herman) Lohmeyer and Laura (Amos) Ashley. Mrs. Robb graduated from Sibley Community High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and a master's degree from the University of Illinois. She taught in five Illinois schools - Washington, Minonk, Lemont, Kankakee and in Joliet at Laraway Consolidation Community School until her retirement in 1975. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Junior Whatsoever Circle of the King's Daughters and Sons, Chapter DS of PEO. She was a former member of Gamma Theta Chapter of the International Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the American Association of University Women.

KIMBERLY K. (DRAPER) WELCH Kimberly K. Welch, 34, of Rankin died at 6:50 a.m. Sunday 3-22-2003 at Provena Covenant Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park with Pastor Charles Graul officiating. Burial was in Manns Chapel Cemetery, Rossville. She was born 9-18-1968 at Danville, a daughter of Ronald and Patsy Fehr Draper. She married Tilden Welch in Rankin, 5-20-2000. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Garrett; three sisters, Cindy (Jay) Sellers-Evans and Tami (Phil) Hathaway both of Rossville, and Brenda Paxton of Claytonville; one brother, Randy (Brigitte) Sellers of Buckley; her mother Pat Draper of Cissna Park; and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin.


RUSSELL E. ZEEDYK born: 2-10-1921 in Danforth Twp. parents: Frank and Laura Anderson Zeedyk wed: June Talbert 1-20-1946 in Onarga and she survives died: Thursday 3-20-2003 2:17 p.m. at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana buried: Onarga Cemetery.

paxton record Wednesday 4-9-2003



RALPH R. JONES Ralph R. Jones, 73, of rural Ludlow born: 7-22-1929 at Tobeka, Kansas parents: Ralph E. and Nellie Griffith Jones wed: Grace Hopkins 3-7-1953 in Glouster, England wed: Sandra Sergent 7-9-1966 at Rantoul died: Friday 4-4-2003 6:40 a.m. at the home of his son, Lee Jones rural Rantoul buried: Elmmwood Cemetery, Rantoul with military graveside rites

NORMA LUCILLE McGUIRE KORITZ Norma Lucille McGuire Koritz, 91, formerly of Onarga and Thawville born: 1-28-1912 in Kinmundy parents: Perry Glenn and Rozella Elizabeth Jones McGuire wed: Leonard Koritz January 1950. He died 1991 died: 4-2-2003 at Doctors Hospital, Springfield buried: Ridgeland Township Cemetery, Thawville

ALICIA ALTAGRACIA REYNOSO PERKINS Alicia A.R. Perkins, 56, of rural Piper City born: 1-21-1947 in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic parents: Jose and Elpidia Toribio Reynoso. wed: Ronald Perkins 7-2-1966 in San Francisco de Macoris. He survives died: Friday 4-4-2003 at 5:55 p.m. at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana buried: Chatsworth Cemetery.



ANNA ISABELLE (STOVER) McCLURE, GRIGGS The funeral of Anna Isabelle Griggs, 96, of Bloomington, more recently of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington, the Rev. Ralph E. Wingate, Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in Stouts Grove Cemetery, Danvers. Mrs. Griggs died at 6:10 p.m. Saturday 4-5-2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. She was born 10-18-1906 in Danvers, a daughter of William and Eva Powers Stover. She married Emery McClure in 1927. He died in 1961. She married George Griggs 1-10-1976 at Normal. He died 2-16-1988. Surviving are one daughter, Joyce (Frank) Gibbens of Saybrook; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. One son, one granddaughter, two brothrs and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Normal, and the Prime Timers group at the church. She was a graduate of Danvers High School.

paxton record 4-23-2003

GEORGE M. KOBEL George M. Kobel, 79, of Lampasas Texas, formerly of Paxton born: Rockford, Il parents: Carl R. and Alice Kobel wed: Ola Mae Bell. She died 2-4-2002 died: Tuesday 4-15-2003 at his home buried: Capital Parks Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas

HELEN (FARNEY) LACKEY Helen Lackey, 86, of Paxton, died at 8:55 p.m. Thursday 4-17-2003 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Apostolic Christian Church, Cissna Park, ministers of the church officiating. Burial was in Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Cissna Park. She was born 4-18-1916 in Rankin, a daughter of William and Lizzie Nuckomm Farney. She married John Phillip Lackey on 7-18-1937 in Cissna Park. He died 7-17-1979. Surviving are nine daughters, Roseline Battey, Bullhead City, AZ., Anna June (Ralph) Walters, Phoenix, AZ.; Janice (Bill) Kemnetz, Strawn, Evelyn (Joe) Stiene, Urbana; Betty (John) Snyder, Crescent City; Sandra (Bud) Duitsman, Royal; Shirley (Kent) Gilonske, Potomac; Joan (Mike) Dorsey, Strawn, and Lucille (Larry) Wienrank, Watseka; two sons, John (Donna) Lackey, Royal, and David (Lora) Lackey, Rossville; six sisters, Louise Manz, Cissna Park; Sophie Peyer, Whitewater, Wis.; Clara Bodager, Jeromesville, Ohio; Martha Farney, East Lynn; Marjorie Knapp, Congerville; and Lucille Baker, Jeromesville, Ohio; 39 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; two brothers; four sisters; one daughter, Linda Lackey; and two grandchildren, preceded her in death. She was a member of Apostolic Christian Church, Cissna Park. She had been a cook at a hospital. She loved to cook for all of her grandchildren.


MARGARET E. (ENOCHS) LYNCH Margaret E. Lynch, 82, Paxton, died at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday 4-16-2003 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton. Funeral services were Friday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Champaign. Mrs. Lynch was born 10-23-1920 in Champaign, a daughter of Delbert and Nellie McWilliams Enochs. She married William P. Lynch 1-25-1945. He died in April 1982. Survivors include one son, Michael (Jackie) Lynch of Paxton, and three grandchildren, Chalyn Hutchcraft and Rhea Lynch, both of Paxton and John Thomas Lynch of Arizona. Two sons preceded her in death. Mrs. Lynch graduated from Champaign High School and the University of Illinois School of Journalism. She and her husband owned and operated Lehigh Paving in Paxton for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting and needlepoint. Pallbearers were Nils Lindsstrom, Mike Lynch, Don Carlson, Jason Hutchcraft and Justin Barger.

ANNA F. (RADER) PRESSON Anna F. Presson, 79, Buckley born: 9-30-1923 in Terre Haute, Indiana parents: Emmett and Ruth Mason Rader wed: Clifford Presson 8-3-1946 at Oceolo, Ark. He survives died: Sunday 4-20-2003 12:15 a.m. at Gilman Nursing Home, Gilman, Il. buried: Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, Woodland Cemetery, Buckley. pallbearers: Ernie Hoopingarner III, Duane Presson Michael Cade Mike Cade Jerry Cato Donnie Miller


GLADYS H. (COYLE) WILLS, JONES Gladys H. Jones, 82, of Elliott died at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday 4-16-2003 at her home in Elliott. Her graveside service was at 2 p.m. Friday in Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Jones was born 10-25-1920 at Lexington, a daughter of Jonnie Lee and Gladys Johns Coyle. She married James A. Wills in 1939 at Henderson, KY. He died in 1951. She married Harold W. "Tate" Jones on 11-27-1964 in Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include one son, James A. Wills, Jr., Arkadelphia, Ark.; one son-in-law; Roger Baker, Eureka; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Ike (Bev) Jones, Elliott. One daughter, Mary Jane Baker, and five brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Jones was a nurse's aide at the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton and the Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School in Normal for many years. Pallbearers were Donald Wilson, Mick Kingsley, Leslie Jamison, Marvin Beck, and Don Alexander.


ROBIN L. GENZEL Robin L. Genzel, 42, of Buckley, died at 11:31 a.m. Sunday 4-20-2003 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, following a two-car accident at 500N 1600E in Fountain Creek Twp, Iroquois County. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, with the Rev. Mark J. Haller officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley. Mr. Genzel was born 4-16-1961 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka, the son of Glenn W. and Alice A. Krumwiede Genzel. He married Amy J. Benjamin 9-10-1988 at St. Joseph's Church, Colfax, and she survives. Also surviving are three childraen, Kristy, 11, Kaylee, 8, and Connor, 6, all at home; his parents of Buckley, his maternal grandmother, Irma Krumwiede, Buckley; one brother, Troy Genzel, Paxton; one sister, Toni Skaggs, West Lafayette, Ind.; one half-sister Teri Derrick of New Mexico; and numerous other relatives. Mr. Genzel attended St. John's Lutheran School in Buckley and graduated from Buckley-Loda High School in 1979. He was a general contracctor. He served in the U.S. Army from 1980 - 1983; and was a member of the Buckley American Legion, Byron Hickerson Post 432. He enjoyed NASCAR racing. Memorials will be placed in an education fund for the Genzel children. Vocalist was Arliss Dettmering and organist was Eileen Janssen. Pallbearers were Bert Helregel, Brad Weisenbarn, Allan Weber, Jim Balk, Greg Ditman and Bob Sammere.


MARY ANN (JONES) VAN SCOYOC Mary Ann VanScoyoc, 51, of Gibson City, died at 8 p.m. Thursday 4-17-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Her graveside service was at 11 a.m. Monday at Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Mrs. VanScoyoc was born 12-23-1951 in Defiance, Ohio, a daughter of James Edward and Virginia L. Erman Jones. She married Danny Grider on 9-21-1970. She later married Corrie A. VanScoyoc on 11-3-1990 at Markham and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Jami (Eric) Grider Hyatt, Fairbury; one son, Matthew Grider, Savoy; one sister, Linda (John) Kamakian, Venice, Fla.; and one aunt, Mary Long, Flossmoor. She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Judy Agnes; and her parents. Mrs. VanScoyoc had lived in Gibson City since 1970. She enjoyed flower gardening. She graduated in 1969 from J.I. Case High School in Racine Wis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to The Drummer Twp Cemetery Tree Memorial Fund. Pallbearerrs were Jim Ferguson, Eric Hyatt, Eric Gee, Justin Carpenter, Jim Follwell and Terry McRae.

paxton record 4-30-2003

RAYMOND HENRICHS Raymond H.C. Henrichs, 73, of Ashkum born: 2-24-1930 in Ash Grove Twp near Cissna Park parents: Harm and Anna M. Reiners Henrichs wed: Ethel M. Wooten 12-20-1974 in Woodworth. She survives died: Tuesday 4-22-2003 at Provena St. Mary's Medical Center, Kankakee, following a lenghty illness services: Zion Lutheran Church, Ashkum; cremation rites were accorded

ELDEN F. MILLER Elden F. Miller, 83, of Gibson City, died at 4:25 a.m. Saturday 4-26-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His graveside service was Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Joseph Mundakal officiating. Military rites were by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568, Gibson City. Mr. Miller was born 7-13-1919 in Waterloo, Ind., the son of Frederick and Katherine Karst Miller. He married Alice Wright Jesse on 10-23-1976 in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael (Lois) Miller of Indiana; and Kevin (Connie) Miller of Oklahoma; one daughter, Kerin Balyear of Indiana; one stepson, Fred Jesse, Bloomington; one step-daughter, Carolyn (Richard) Moxley, Gibson City; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Miller of Indiana; and three sisters, Mary Ferris and Josephine Riddle, both of Florida; and Phyllis Martman of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters. Mr. Miller was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City and the Brotherton Keller VFW Post. He was the service manager for Ryder Rental Trucking in Gibson City for many years, retiring in 1982. He had been a resident of Gibson City since 1958. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

EVELYN A. ORTLEPP Evelyn A. Ortlepp, 96, of Springfield, formelry of Roberts and Chicago died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday 4-29-2003 at Lewis Memorial Christian Home in Springfield. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Roberts, The Rev. Harold Grafe will officiate. Burial will be in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts is in charge of arrangements. Miss Ortlepp was born 10-13-1906 at Roberts, a daughter of John and Emma Tornowski Ortlepp. Survivors include two nieces, Jean Wright of Plainfield, and June Focken of Crescent City; and one nephew, the Rev. John Whorral of Los Angeles, CA. She was preceded in death by two brothers and nine sisters. Miss Ortlepp was a registered nurse working in hospitals in Chicago and Paxton. She was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Roberts. She graduated from Roberts High School and Frances Willard School of Nursing in Chicago. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Prairie View Lutheran Home in Danforth.


LESTER PUFFER Lester S. Puffer, 86, Bayles Lake, Loda born: 5-16-1916 at Chatsworth parents: Louis L. and Lillie M. Hess Puffer wed: Margaret Patterson in June 1940. She died February 1988. wed: Ruth Hilligoss 10-31-1992 at Loda Lutheran Church. She survives. died: 4-23-2003 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton services: Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton burial: Chatsworth Cemetery, with military graveside rites. pallbearers: Paul Puffer James Kuhr Brett Berns Bart Berns Darin Loy Neil Dassow

PAULINE M. (FOGEL) RICKS The funeral of Pauline M. Ricks, 80, of Gibson City, was at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Kathleen Riechmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday 4-24-2003 at her home. Mrs. Ricks was born 8-8-1922 in Champaign County, a daughter of Clarence and Grace Miner Fogel. She married Harry F. Ricks on 7-6-1947 at Gibson City. He died 2-19-1997. Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ann (Louis) Martin, Gibson City; two granddaughters; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Nadine Cook, Mahomet; and one brother, Melvin Fogel, Monticello. Two sons, Gale Ricks and Ronald Ricks; and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Ricks worked for Kroger, Shockeys and Dave's Clothing Stores, all in Gibson City. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Mrs. Ricks loved gardening, puzzles, her grandchildren, and sitting on her deck. Memorials may be made to her church. Pallbearers were Steve Cushman, Mickey Martin, Jack Williams, Kevin Bunney, Lyle Obert and Dave Cline.
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REV. CLYDE J. INGOLD Rev. Clyde J. Ingold, 65, of Fisher born: 7-8-1937 in Fisher parents: Harvie and Esther Heiser Ingold wed: Nancy Kay Unzicker 6-17-1958 in Gibson City. She survives died: Tuesday 5-6-2003 at his home in Fisher services: First Baptist Church of Fisher, Il burial: East Bend Mennonite Cemetery, Fisher paxton record 5-14-2003

OTHA LINDSAY Otha Lindsay, 76, of Gibson City died at 8:14 a.m. Wednesday 5-7-2003 at his home. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairview Cemetery, Skillman, Ky. Burial was in Skillman. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mr. Lindsay was born 10-18-1926 at Hawesvillle, Ky., a son of Lewis and Sarah Elizabeth Anderson Lindsay. Surviving are one sister, Muriel Corley Wheatley of Hawesville, Ky.; one brother, William A. Lindsay of Gibson City; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two half-brothers. Mr. Lindsay farmed all of his ife. He served in the US Navy. Memorials may be made to his family. paxton record 5-14-2003

DONALD EDWARD MAY The funeral of Donald Edward May, 74, of Gibson City was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sangamon Valley Christian Center, Mahomet, the Rev. Shaun Rapp and the Rev. Brent Roberson officiating. Burial was in the Mansfield Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Mansfield, and an hour before the funeral at the center. He died at 8:15 a.m. Friday 5-9-2003 at home. Mr. May was born on 7-27-1928 in Mansfield, the son of Garfield and Thelma Warren May. He married Evelyn Wright on 7-4-1948 in Lotus. She survives. Other survivors include six sons, Michael E. May, Quincy; Kenneth L. (Lola) May, Gibson City; Darrell G. (Dorthea) May, Georgetown, Texas; Duane K. (Debbie) May, Fisher; Randy J. (Sheila) May, Mahomet; and Kevin D. (Julie) May, Monticello; one daughter Darlene S. May, Tilton; 23 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers, William (Irene) May, Bellflower; Robert (Rita) May, St. Joseph; Jim (Carlene) May, Dewey; and Terry (Peggy) May, Farmer City; five sisters, Vivian (Clark) Roemer, Lexington; Lucele Quick, Rantoul; Jean (Benny) Ulmonen, Spokane, Wash.; Iva Coppenbarger, Normal; and Ramona (Eugene) Adams, Rantoul. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and one brother. He was a civil service worker at Chanute Air Force Base and retired in 1981. paxton record 5-14-2003


PEARL L. (WHITE) REYNOLDS Pearl L. Reynolds, 80, of Buckley died at 7 p.m. Wednesday 5-7-2003 at ASTA Care Center of Ford County. She had been in failing health for several years. Funeral services were Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, the Rev. Mark J. Haller officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Buckley, and for one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Mrs. Reynolds was born 3-18-1923 at Onarga, a daughter of Ollie and Martha Hoel White. She married Merle Reynolds 5-15-1948 at Peoria. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, James (Barb) Reynolds of Sidney and Steven (Dena) Reynolds of Lake Iroquois; three graandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Edith Pagels. Mrs. Reynolds and her husbnad lived their entire life in Buckley. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley. Mrs. Reynolds and Sarah Jane Bradshaw were the founders of girl scouting in Buckley. She enjoyed dancing, raising flowers and gardening. Memorials may be made to her church. paxton record 5-14-2003

MILDRED V. (ARDREE) HOLMES Graveside services for Mildred V. Holmes, 85, of Rankin, a Paxton High School graduate, were at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Rankin Union Cemetery. The Rev. Barb Busboom officiated. There was no visitation. Wolfe Funeral Home, Rankin was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Holmes died at 12:55 p.m. Friday 5-9-2003 at Gibson City Health Care Center, Gibson City. She was born 11-26-1917 in Hector, Minn., a daughter of Carl and Olga Stranburg Ardree. She married Lloyd Holmes on 7-26-1969 at Rankin. He died 5-31-1993. Survivors include two nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Holmes graduated from Paxton High School in 1934. She then attended Illinois State University in Normal, receiving a teaching degree in 1936 and a bachelor's degree in 1954. A school teacher for 47 years, she taught at Pleasant Valley School in Rankin and 40 years at Hoopeston Area School before retiring in 1983. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rankin, the Mary Circle Association, Rankin Senior Citizens, Illinois Education Ass'n, and the Business and Professional Club in Hoopeston. Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Rankin. paxton record 5-14-2003


HAROLD J. ROETZEL The funeral of Harold J. Roetzel, 88, of Roberts was at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Roberts, the Rev. Ron Rasmus officiated. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, and for one hour before the service Monday at the church. Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, was in charge of arrangements. He died at 9:25 a.m. Thursday 5-8-2003 at his home in Roberts which he resided in for 53 years. Mr. Roetzel was born 12-7-1914, in Roberts, a son of William and Lillian Truesdell Roetzel. He married Roslyn I. Janssen on 10-24-1937 at Terre Haute, Ind. She died 1-25-1997. Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Grant, Milwaukee, Karen Ferraiolo, Des Plaines; and Betty Jo (Glenn) Poshard, Marion; and four grandchildren. A son-in-law, Frank Ferraiolo; and five brothers and sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Roetzel was a lifelong resident of Roberts. In his early years, he worked for Hicks Gas. He then owned and operated Roetzel's Grocery Store in Roberts for 17 years. Following that, he worked for eight years with the State Highway Department in Ford County. While maintaining his residence in Roberts, he then managed for 10 years the Ellinwood Medical Building in Des Plaines. Harold later returned to Roberts and was employed once again by Hicks Gas until retiring in 1993. Mr. Roetzel was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and Brotherhood; he had in the past been a volunteer helping to deliver for Peace Meal in Roberts; and a member of the Roberts Community Club. Harold was involved for many years in Ford County Democratic politics and took great pride in helping his son-in-law, Glenn Poshard, campaign for governor of Illinois. Memorials may be made to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to the Roberts Gym Fund. paxton record 5-14-2003


MARIE L. STEINER Marie L. Steiner, 87, of Cissna Park died at 9:35 a.m. Friday 5-9-2003 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. A private visitation and funeral service was at Knapp Funeral Home, Cissna Park. Burial was in German Apostolic Christian Cemetery, Cissna Park. Miss Steiner was born 12-16-1915, in Cissna Park, a daughter of Carl and Lydia Clauss Steiner. She is survived by three sisters, Ruth Burdick and Margaret Neukomm, both of Cissna Park, and Ann Kennedy of Georgia; and a brother, Joseph Steiner of Cissna Park. Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the German Apostolic Christian Church, Cissna Park. paxton record 5-14-2003


LOIS MERNA (BAXTER) BRADLEY, STOTTS Lois Stotts, 80, a Paxton native, died 5-2-2003 at St. John's Hospital, Maplewood, Minn. A local graveside memorial service will be scheduled later. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of local arrangements. A memorial service was also conducted May 9 at Mounds View. Burial is planned in early June in Paxton. Mrs. Stotts was born 8-4-1922 in Paxton, a daughter of Floyd and Edith Baxter. She married John Bradley. She later married Frank Stotts. Surviving are five daughters, Delores Garner of Stevenson, Ala., Janice (Kennis) Blackman of Snohomish, Wash., Pam (Garry) Schumacher of Mounds View, Minn., Priscilla Haskell of Everett, Wash., and Debbie (Randy) Thompson of Chandler, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Everett; one sister, Irene and her husbands. Mrs. Stotts enjoyed roller-skating, gardening, machine embroidery, writing poetry and more recently, cross-stitching. Especially in her later years, she had a passion for butterflies along with rocks, flowers and birds. While her children were growing up, she managed the Dairy Queen in Paxton. Later she worked part time in a food market, a hardware store, the Paxton Record and had an answering service for N.I. Gas Co., in her home. Mounds View became her second hometown, where she was known as "Grandma Lois." She was diagnosed with acute myelogenous Leukemia on April 24. Memorials may be sent to Messiah Lutheran Church, Mounds View, Minn. for the Lois Stotts Welcome Center butterfly pin fund. paxton record 5-14-2003

ESTHER M. (BUSING) VEHRS Esther M. Vehrs, 97, of Sibley, died at 5:10 a.m. Saturday 5-10-2003 at the Heritage Manor, Colfax. Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Diane Watson officiated. Visitation was private. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Vehrs was born 10-10-1905, at Sibley, a daughter of Gustave and Johanna (Kutchera) Busing. She married William H. Vehrs in 1933. He died 3-26-1980. Surviving are many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters. Mrs. Vehrs was a teacher at Gibson City Elementary School for many years. She and her husband were superintendent and matron at the Oddfellow Childrens' Home in Lincoln. Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Colfax, or to the donor's choice. paxton record 5-14-2003


ORVILLE W. ZANDER Orville W. Zander, 89, of Sibley died at 7 a.m. Monday 5-27-2002 at Veterans Administration Illiana Health Care System, Danville. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. Bob Kenis officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley, with military rites accorded by the Martin Suntken American Legion Post 244 of Sibley. Mr. Zander was born 4-7-1913 at Sibley, a son of William C. and Anna C. Sehmann Zander. He married Margaret T.W. Poulos on 12-9-1943, at Valparaiso, Ind. She died on 8-20-1999. Survivors include one son, John W. Zander, Melvin; one sister, Darlene Perkins, Chatsworth; two grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Zander worked at M&W Gear Co., retiring in 1978. He owned and operated Zanders Grocery in Sibley for nine years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley. He was an Army veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Sibley American Legion, the Gibson City VFW, the DAV of Normal and the Elliott AMVETS. He was past commander of the Ford Council of American Legion.


ARTHUR KUMLER Arthur Lee Kumler, 89, of Gibson City died at 6:20 p.m. Friday 9-1-2000 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Bellflower Twp Cemetery, Bellflower, Il. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Kumler was born 12-25-1910 in Bellflower, a son of George Hunter and Estelle June Rinehart Kumler. He married Martha Hawthorne on 6-4-1938. He later married Imo Davis on 11-25-1972. She died 7-10-1998. Surviving are a son, Dr. Marvin Kumler of Toledo, Ohio; a daughter, Sharon Walther of Bend, Ore.; and two sisters, Mary Hoffman of Bloomington and Ruth Bidner of Scottsdale, Ariz. He was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. Mr. Kumler was a farmer and a machinist at M&W Gear Co., Gibson City. He was a member of Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF&AM for more than 50 years. He also was a member of the OES and the Ford County Farm Bureau. His interests include fly-fishing for smallmouth bass. Officiating: The Rev. Bruce Weiman Organist: Beverly Nagle Soloist: Deb Borders Honorary Pallbearers: Marvin Kumler Virgil Davis Active Pallbearers: Alan Brownlee Phil Williams Delmar Bedel Leigh Conover Mark Seaton Jim Gay


WILMA O. "OPAL" (RICH) YOUNG Wilma O. "Opal" Young, 90, formerly of Galion Ohio and Gibson City, died at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday 5-28-2003 in Columbus, Ohio after a brief illness. Born 8-2-1912 in Hamilton County, she was the daughter of Alson and Elva (Clevenger) Rich. She married John H. Young on 7-25-1931. He preceded her in death on 8-25-1967. Survivors include two daughters, Shirlee (William) Andrews of Galion, Ohio and Jill (Steve) Wallace of Columbus Ohio; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Leon, Ernest and John Rich and one sister, Gertrude Hutchcraft. Funeral services were Monday at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion, Ohio with David Milroy officiating. Burial was in marion Cemetery in Marion Ohio.

HAGAMAN, NEWTON - Elliott. On Saturday morning D. Hagaman was the recipient of the sad news of the serious illness of his son, Newton, at Cincinnati Ohio, and in a few moments after he received another telegram saying he had died. The body accompanied by his brother Edward, reached here Sunday night. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the church, Pastor Reynolds preached the sermon. The remains were interred in the Waggoner cemetery. Brain fever was the cause of his early demise. Newton Hagaman was aged 31 years and 6 months, and leaves his parents, 3 brothers and a sister, and a widow to mourn his depature. Paxton Record Newspaper, Thursday, April 6, 1893 Note: the obit in the Gibson Courier newspaper 7 April 1893, lists his name as Isaac Newton Hagaman. [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

HAHN, LOUISA - Union. The only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hahn died on last Friday night of membranous croup. She was a bright little girl of 5 years of age. Paxton Record Newspaper, Friday, November 15, 1889 [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]



ROPP, LAWRENCE - Lawrence Ropp, 88 of Gibson City died at 2:40 p.m. yesterday 10-29-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. His funeral will be Tuesday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 8-18-1900 in Gibson City, a son of Serenus and Barbara Goldsmith Ropp. He married Clara Birky on 12-14-1930 in Peoria. She died 3-23-1988. Survivors include one daughter, Joanne Henderson, Mackinaw ; two sisters, Edna Springer, Chenoa, and Irene Johnson, Benson; three grandchildren. Mr. Ropp lived on a farm west of Gibson City all of his life. He was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church and the Ford County Farm Bureau.

Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss (mossnb1@earthlink.net) who adds the following family information:
Father: Serenus ROPP b: 23 FEB 1870 in Pekin, Tazewell, IL
Mother: Barbara GOLDSMITH b: 17 SEP 1874 in Alschwil Canton Basle, Switzerland
Marriage 1 Clara BIRKY b: 23 MAR 1905 in Shelby Co., IL

ROPP, CLARA B. (BIRKY) - Clara B. Ropp, 83, of rural Gibson City died at 4:01 a.m. yesterday 3-23-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be Saturday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 3-23-1905 in Shelby County, a daughter of John W. and Mae Covert Birky. She married Lawrence Ropp on 12-14-1930 at Peoria and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Joanne Henderson, Mackinaw; two brothers, Gilbert, Milton Junction, Wis., and Richard, Adair, Okla.; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothes and three sisters. She lived in Gibson City most of her life and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss (mossnb1@earthlink.net) who adds the following family information:

Father: John W. BIRKY b: 21 NOV 1871 in Morton, Tazewell Co., IL
Mother: Stella Mae COVERT
Marriage 1 Lawrence ROPP b: 18 SEP 1900 in Gibson City, Ford Co., IL
Married: 14 DEC 1930 in Peoria, IL



SPRINGER, EDNA ROPP
The funeral of Edna Ropp Springer, 92, of Meadows Nursing Home, Chenoa, formerly of rural Bloomington and the Lake Bloomingon area, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, the Rev. Steve Estes officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The family will receive friends at the time of the service. Mrs. Springer died at 11:40 a.m. Friday 2-7-1997 at Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.
Survivors include her husband, Howard B. Springer; a son, James B. Springer, Salem, Ohio; and a daughter, Jane Knecht, Carmel, Ind. Also surviving is a grandson, Mark Springer. Mrs. Springer was born 1-25-1905 in Gibson City, the daughter of Serenus and Barbara Goldsmith Ropp. She married Howard B. Springer 5-5-1941 in Lincoln. Preceding her in death were a stepson, John Springer; a brother, Lawrence Ropp; and a sister, Irene Johnson. Mrs. Springer was a member of the Mennonite Church of Normal. She attended Illinois State University and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was a retired clerk from Montgomery Ward and before that, a teacher in Gibson City.

Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss (mossnb1@earthlink.net) who adds the following family information:

Father: Serenus ROPP b: 23 FEB 1870 in Pekin, Tazewell, IL
Mother: Barbara GOLDSMITH b: 17 SEP 1874 in Alschwil Canton Basle,
Switzerland
Marriage 1 Howard B. SPRINGER b: 26 JUL 1906 in IL
Married: 5 MAY 1941 in Lincoln, IL


SPRINGER, HOWARD B.
Howard B. Springer, 94, of Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa, formerly of Minier and Bloomington, died at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 25, 2000) at the nursing home. His private funeral will be Saturday at Davis Mortuary, Hopedale, the Rev. Tim Schrag officiating. Burial will be in Mennonite Cemetery, Hopedale. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Mennonite Church, Normal, or Meadows Mennonite Home, rural Chenoa.

Contributed by Norita Shepherd Moss (mossnb1@earthlink.net) who adds the following family information:
Birth: 26 JUL 1906 in IL
Death: 25 OCT 2000 in Chenoa, Mclean Co., IL
Burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, IL
Marriage 1 Edna ROPP b: 25 JAN 1905 in Gibson City, Ford Co., IL
Married: 5 MAY 1941 in Lincoln, IL


DUDLEY, "Col." Ambrose, (Soldier of 1812) d. Paxton, Ill. May 1, 1875. aged 86 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

DUDLEY, Dr. George W. d. Patton Twp. Ford County, Ill. May 7, 1871, aged 29 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

GEACH, H. C. d. Gibson, Ill. May 2, 1875, aged about 22 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

GILMORE, James, ( of Gibson, Ill.) d. Monticello, Ill, May ..., 1875. An old stockman; a relative of the Gilmores of near Towanda, Ill. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

GIVEN, David, d. at his res. on Ten Mile road , 1 1-2 miles west of Paxton Ill. Aug. ..., 1871, aged 69 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

HILL, Mrs. Ella, (wife of Herman W. Hill,) d. Gibson, Ill. Jan. 29, 1875, aged 21 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

JONES, Mrs. Nellie, Wife of Albert Jones of Dwight, Ill d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 4, 1876, aged 26 years. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]

LOTT, J. B. (Co. C. 33rd Ill. Vol. Inf. Civil War.) Formerly of McLean County, Ill. d. Gibson City, Ill. Sept. .... 1879. [Compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer in 1912 - Submitted by Teri Colglazier]


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