FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS
All of these were contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted

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Mrs. Trella M. Sample

Iris F. Sarver

Jane Ingerson Sawyer

Ethel M. Sawyer

Laura M. Sawyer

Philip C. Schaefer

Merle A. Schaefer

Marian D. Schaefer

Albert P. Schantz

Beulah M. Scharpf

Anthony Charles Schaub

Elizabeth M. Schertz

Mary E. Schertz

Wilbur A. Schertz

Velta Ellen Smith Hubner Schlickman

Roy R. Schlickman

William H. Schmale

William H. Schnittker

The Rev. Al Schneck

Anton H. Schriefer

Doris Ann Schriefer

Merle Schrock

John W. Schroeder

Clara L. Schroeder

Wanda Schroeder

Dorothy M. Scott

John Thackery Scott, Sr.

Audrey Scott

Henry R. Sehmann

Judy Ann Seifert

Clifford Shaner

Fern Opal Shaner

Mrs. Hazel Shank

Charles L. Sharp

Violet A. Sharp

Dorothy Shellman

Fannie Shellman

Wilha E. Shellman

Lillie F. Shelton

Oscar J. Shilts

Mary Eleanor Shilts

Mrs. Emma Shirley

Robert E. Shirley

Ruth Iro Shirley

Roy A. Shull

Jeannine Shull

Anna Frances Fairchild Sievers

Walter E. Sixt

Richard Joseph Skippon

Kenneth R. Sloan

Ethel M. Smart

Donald E. Smith

Frank K. Smith

Dorothy May Smith

Margaret K. Smith

Curtis Smith

Edna B. Smith

James W. Smith

Merle R. Smith

Sylvia A. Smith

Mildred C. Smith

Beverly G. Smith

Ann J. Smith

Harry "Jake" E. Smock

Gladys F. Smock

Winifred M Snead

Andrew R. Sommer

Esther F. Sparks

Floyd D. Speedie

Ella S. Speedie

Beulah Speers

Marilyn J. Spitz

Edna Ropp Springer

Elsie Marie Stallard

Tyler Joel Stalter

Norma M. Stamm

Everett Dewey Stamm

Elmer Stange

Gyla Udeene Stange

Hazel Stathers

Mildred O. Stauffer

Henry K. Steinlicht

Ethel Mae Steinlicht

Mary E. Steinlicht

Florence W. Busing Stephens

Sammie R. Stephens

Zetta Marie Stephens

Ronald R. Stephens

Byron E. Stevenson

Elmer G. Stevenson

Laura E. Stevenson

Kelsey Anne Stewart

 

Dr. J.E. Ragsdale

Russell C. Stickels

Lillian Minda Stickels

George W. Stolz

Sarah LaVina Williams

Lucas Tyler Storment

Wilma Ruth Gilmore Straw

Richard W. (Rick) Strebeck

Wilbur C. Stroh

Mary F. Stubbert

Laurabell N. Butler Sullivan

Clay M. Sullivan

John Richard Summers

Helen W. Summers

James H. Summers

Doris A. Suter

Agnes M. Suter

Wallace T. Suter

Veryl Clyde Swaim

C.V. Swanson

Agnes Swanson

Rose O. Swanson

Pearle A. Swanstrom

Oliver Swatsley

     

TRELLA M. (KING) SAMPLE
Mrs. Trella M. Sample, 50, died at 6:19 p.m. Saturday, 6-5-1976 at Denver General Hospital, Denver, Colo. She had been in poor health for many years. Her funeral was set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 9 at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Delmar Huxtable, Harold Thomas, Melvin Yeats, Bill Case, Lyle Kumler and Gene Rankin. Mrs. Sample was born 12-8-1925 at St. Louis, Mo., a daughter of Edward and Margaret Plummer King. She married John R. Sample 6-8-1947 in Gibson City. Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Clemmens, Florrisant, Mo.; Miss Linda Sample, Harrisburg; two sons, Michael, Gibson City; Mark, Foosland; three grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Mary Moore, Pekin; two brothers, James King, Springfield; Hugh King, Oxnard, CA. A brother preceded her in death. She was a Gibson City resident since her marriage in 1947 and was a member of the United Methodist Church. She had served with the WAC during WWII. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had gone to Denver for health reasons.

IRIS F. WOODWARD, ARCHIBALD, SARVER
The funeral of Iris F. Sarver, age 72 of rural Gibson City, a retired restaurant owner/operator was held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Reverend Randall K. Perry officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Jack Royal, Michael Bradbury, Jim Thomas, Jim Fink, Dean Main and Dick Jardine. Mrs. Sarver, who had spent most of her life in the Gibson City area died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 4-24-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. She was born 7-21-1917 at Melvin, a daughter of George L. and Bessie M. Stone Woodward. She married Robert C. Archibald who died 2-1-1970. She married Clarence D. Sarver on 4-27-1980 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include five brothers, John Woodward of Oswego; Don Woodward, Granite City; Francis Woodward of Port Orchard, Washington; Edwin Woodward, Matteson; and Joe Woodward, Chicago Heights; two sisters, Letha Thomas, Marion, Ohio and Gail Kincade of Gibson City; three stepsisters, Jo Shields of Phoenix, AZ; Mary Lou Pearson of Russellville, KY; and JoAnn Thomas, Peoria; seven stepgrandchildren; and three step-greatgrandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Sarver owned and operated the I & B Restaurant in Gibson City for more than 25 years. She retired in 1978.

JANE INGERSON SAWYER
Jane Ingerson came to the United States in 1882, coming to Illinois and making her home with her sister, Mrs. Mary A. Morris. Survived by sisters: Mary A. Morris and Eliza Bell of Gibson City; Mrs. Susan Bale of Grand Rapids, Mich. A brother, James Ingerson of England. She was a member of the Methodist Church. born: 2-17-1838 Devonshire, England m. 1887 to James Sawyer. He died 1889 died: 2-4-1912 in Gibson City, Il

ETHEL M. GILMORE SAWYER
Ethel M. Sawyer, 73, of 305 E. Florida Ave., Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, died at 6:40 p.m. Saturday 1-27-1979 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Louis Haase officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Stolz, Russell Erp, Dick Moody, Ed Sauer, Ron Warfield and Bob Wissmiller. Mrs. Sawyer was born 8-4-1905 in Gibson City, a daughter of Craig and Ida Onken Gilmore. She married Elbert "Jack" Sawyer on 9-6-1931 near Gibson City. Mrs. Sawyer is survived by sisters, Josephine Andersen, Gibson City, and Mrs. Wilma Straw, Buffalo, NY.; a brother, Fred M. Gilmore, Gibson City; and eight nieces and nephews. Mrs. Sawyer was preceded in death by her husband and one brother. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City and was a life member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. She belonged to the Champaign-Urbana Garden Club and the Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the DAR. Before her retirement, she was employed as a legal secretary by the Webber, Balbach and Thies firm, Urbana. She was a 1928 graduate of the University of Illinois.

LAURA M. JOHNSON SAWYER
Laura M. Sawyer, age 96 of Gibson City died at 9:53 a.m. Sunday 12-30-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be conducted Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverends Barbara Escarraz and Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers will include Roy West, Jack Royal, Harold Medler, Ronald Knapp, Douglas Knapp and Harold Thomas. She was born 1-26-1894 in Gibson City, a daughter of Chris and Matilda Johnson Johnson. She married Elmer Sawyer in Chicago. He died 7-3-1972. Surviving are two daughters, Jean Crowe and Emily Sawyer, both of Gibson City; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

PHILIP C. SCHAEFER
Philip C. Schaefer, 75, of Gibson City, formerly of Paxton, died at 6:55 p.m. Saturday 11-3-2001 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. He was born 7-6-1926 in Towanda, the son of August Andrew and Lurene Elmira Sutter Schaefer. He married Dorothy Unzicker on 1-4-1948 in Rantoul and she survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Margaret (Richard) Halsey, Dunnellon, Fla.; and Rose (Norvin) Martin, Gibson City. Survivors also include a special nephew who they raised from the age of one as their son, Glenn (Kathleen) Unzicker, Sun Prairie, Wis.; and four grandchildren. One sister and a brother preceded him in death. Mr. Schaefer had lived many years in Gibson City. He then lived in Paxton for 38 years and had recently moved back to Gibson City. Mr. Schaefer was a farmer for most of his life. He was an honorary member of the Loda Sportsman Club and he enjoyed fishing and crafting.

MERLE A. SCHAEFER
Merle A. Schaefer, 76, of Gibson City died at 3:27 a.m. Saturday 6-3-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Mr. Schaefer was born 3-22-1924 in Towanda Twp, a son of August A. and Lurene E. Sutter Schaefer. He married Marian Sharp on 1-21-1951, in Clay City. She died 5-9-1988. He married Irene J. Nelson Stickels on 6-9-1990 in Gibson City and she survives. Also survivng are a son, Gregory A. Schaefer of Murphysboro; two stepsons, Rodney Stickels of Porter, Ind., and Thomas Stickels of Thomasboro; a brother, Philip Schaefer of Paxton; two sisters, Margaret Halsey of Dunnellon, Fla.; and Rose Martin of Gibson City; a grandson; and four step-grandchilldren. He was preceded in death by a sister. Mr. Schaefer was a farm implement salesman for many years. He lived in Gibson City most of his life. He was a member of First Christian Church in Gibson City; Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF&AM; the Bloomington Consistory; the Mahomed Shrine in Peoria; the Local Cornbelt Shrine; and the Gibson City Moose Lodge.

MARIAN D. SHARP SCHAEFER
Marian D. Schaefer, 57, of Gibson City, a former canning company office manager, died at 1:45 a.m. yesterday 5-9-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence Bangs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Schaefer was born 8-28-1930 at Clay City, a daughter of Lester and Marie Patterson Sharp. She married Merle Schaefer on 1-21-1951 at Clay City. He survives. Other survivors include one son, Gregory A., Murphysboro; one brother, Jack Sharp, Clay City; and one grandson. Her parents and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Schaefer was office manager for Stokely-Van Camp, Inc., Gibson City for more than 20 years. For the last three years, she had been employed at Baillie's Manufacturing Co., Gibson City.

ALBERT P. SCHANTZ
Albert P. Schantz, 76, Gibson City, died at 5 p.m Tuesday 12-1-1981 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Father Denis E. White officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Carpenter's Local 44 will have a worship service Thursday at 7:30 p.m. also at the Funeral Home. Mr. Schantz was born 7-13-1905 in Lawrenceville, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Eva Boehmer Schantz. He married Louise Stover 9-4-1954 in Paxton and she survives. Also surviving are children from a previous marriage including four daughters, Betty Sallee of Gibson City, Ruth Mettauer of Seebring, Fla., Jean Williams of Paxton, and Wilma Streenz of Saybrook; three sons, Robert of Iverness, Fla., Edward of Mahomet and Delmar of Gibson City; one sister, Martha Doll, Batesville, Ind.; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Schantz was a retired carpenter and a member of Carpenters Local 44, Champaign, for 40 years.


BEULAH M. LANGFORD RICK SCHARPF
EX-GIBSON CITY WOMAN, 100, DIES
The funeral of Beulah M. Scharpf, 100, of Royal Fontana Nursing Home, Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Dean Beaty will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Scharpf, a self-employed seamstress for many years, died at 3 p.m. Monday 12-25-1989 at the nursing home where she had lived since 1977. She was born 4-18-1889 at Saunemin, a daughter of Ebenezer and Madgaline Loucks Langford. She married Henry Rick in 1907 in Gibson City. He died in 1941. In 1951, she married John Scharpf in Penfield. He died in 1954. Survivors include one step-daughter, Katherine Tracy, Champaign, four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchikldren; two step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild. One son, one sister, one granddaughter and one step-grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Scharpf lived in Gibson City for many years before moving to Champaign ` in 1954.

ANTHONY CHARLES SCHAUB
Anthony Charles Schaub, infant son of Michelle Tomes and R. Martin Schaub of Harpster was stillborn at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday 10-17-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Saturday October 21 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Survivors include the baby's parents of Harpster; one sister, Amber Pearl Tomes of Harpster; two brothers, Nathan Wayne Schaub of Fisher and Matthew Allen Schaub of Fisher; maternal grandparents, Loren and Mary Myers of Elliott; paternal grandfather, Robert D. Schaub of Ashville, NC; and maternal great-grandmother, Eilleen Schutte of Guthrie. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother.

ELIZABETH M. SCHERTZ - Gibson City Courier 1942
Elizabeth M. Schertz, 69, died Wednesday at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington after a short illness. Funeral services will be at 1:15 p.m. Friday at the home, and at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church in Gibson City. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 2-18-1873 near Stanford, Il., a daughter of Peter and Catherine Schertz. She had lived with her two brothers, Daniel and Earl, on the family homestead northeast of Saybrook, Il. Survivors are two sisters; Mrs. Emma Augspurger and Mrs. Minnie Gingerich, both of Gibson City; and five brothers; George of Hudson, Joseph of Fisher, Peter of Saybrook and Daniel and Earl of Gibson City. She was a member of the Mennonite Church in Anchor Twp.

MARY E. SPRINGER SCHERTZ
Mary E. Schertz, 87, of Champaign, a native of Roanoke, died at 3:40 a.m. yesterday 9-28-1989 at Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana, the Rev. Robert Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetry, Gibson City. Mrs. Schertz was born 4-2-1902, a daughter of Joseph and Lizzie Ulrick Springer. She married Ralph Schertz 8-14-1930 at Saybrook. He died in January 1981. Survivors include one son, Harlan, Urbana; three daughters, Evelyn Zehr, Champaign; Wilma Haarer, White Pigeon, Mich.; and Linda Foster, Tallahassee, Fla.; one brother, E.E. Springer, Metamora; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

WILBUR A. SCHERTZ
Wilbur A. Schertz, age 81 of rural Gibson City died at 6:20 p.m. Thursday 8-7-1997 in Cheney Grove Twp in McLean County following a tractor accident. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, August 10 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Al Schneck officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Mr. Schertz was born 3-27-1916 in Saybrook, a son of Peter Arthur and Ella Gertrude Garber Schertz. He married Virginia G. Gouge on 2-14-1943 in Spruce Pine, NC. Survivors include his wife, Virginia G. Schertz of rural Gibson City; two sons, W. Lynn (Linda) Schertz of Elgin and T. Dayn (Darlene) Schertz of rural Saybrook; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, the Rev. Dale Schertz of Remington, Indiana; two sisters, Beulah Roth of Normal and Velma Schertz of Saybrook. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Orpha Roth and Elva Roth. Mr. Schertz was a farmer and fed cattle for 40 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and was a former Sunday school teacher.

FARM ACCIDENT KILLS RURAL GIBSON CITY MAN A rural Gibson City farmer was killed in a tractor accident Thursday, 8-7-1997 at his home approximately two and a half miles north of Saybrook. Wilbur A. Schertz, age 81, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on his farm according to published reports by McLean County Coroner, Dan Brady. Saybrook's ambulance and fire department were notified at 5:17 p.m. and McLean County Sheriff's police also responded to the scene of the accident on County Road 1225 North just west of County Road 3900 East. According to reports, Schertz was operating a farm utility tractor mowing the ditches adjucent to his property. While he was in an area of the ditch where there was a steep incline, he reportedly fell off the tractor. The tractor remained upright and continued going an estimated 80 feet until it was stopped when it became stuck in the terrain, reports say. It is unknown whether he simply lost control or whether any medical cause could have contributed to his fall and the accident is under investigation. Brady reportedly stated there was a strong probability the victim was struck by the tractor. There were reportedly no witnesses to the accident however a passer-by noticed the tractor with its motor running and no occupant.

VELTA ELLEN SMITH HUBNER SCHLICKMAN
Velta Ellen Smith Hubner Schlickman, age 86, of Gibson City, died at 1:55 p.m. Monday 12-29-1997 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, 1-2-1998 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Schlickman was born 2-7-1911 in Kentucky, a daughter of Frank C. and Sara Alue Lewis Smith. She married Gus G. Hubner of 12-20-1931 at Melvin. He died 11-15-1974. She married Roy R. Schlickman on 4-2-1979 in Gibson City and he died 8-10-1984. Survivors include four nieces, Velta Snyder of Potomac, Beverly Greger of Villa Grove, Carolyn Schnepper of Gifford and Marge Ellegard of Rantoul; and one nephew, Jim Smith of Rankin. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and three nieces. Mrs. Schlickman was an active member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City where she belonged to the Christian Women's Group. She was a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxilary since it was established and was also a member of the Ford County Democratic Women. Employed at the Wacks Ben Franklin Store as assistant manager, Mrs. Schlickman also worked at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul and several other places. She lived on farms in the Melvin and Roberts areas and attended Roberts Twp Grade School. She graduated from Melvin High School in 1930. After that she resided in Gibson City for the rest of her life.

ROY R. SCHLICKMAN
The funeral of Roy R. Schlickman, 77, a resident of Gibson City, who died at 6:05 p.m. Friday 8-10-1984 will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry and the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Schlickman was born 5-6-1907 at Decatur, Ind., a son of August and Emma Frouhiger Schlickman. He married Mabel Hetrick 6-24-1933 at Craigville, Ind. She died 3-27-1973. He married Velta Hubner 4-2-1979 at Gibson City and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, David, Baltimore; Richard, Strawn; and Thomas, Normal; two daughters, Carolyn Williams, Gibson City, and Phyllis Donner, Streater; two brothers, Jesse, Willshire, Ohio, and Dorphus, Decatur, Ind.; two sisters, Lela Arnold, Decatur, Ind.; and Frances Heare, Leesburg, Ind.; and 13 grandchildren. Mr. Schlickman was employed by Central Soya for 41 years. He retired in 1977. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.

WILLIAM SCHMALE
William H. Schmale, 90, of Fisher died at 9 a.m. Saturday 6-19-1976 at the Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford. His funeral was held Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Jones officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billie Chandlers, Duane Giertz, Elmer Giertz, Charles Robbins, Joe Robbins and Wayne Shields. He was born 11-11-1885 at Graymont, a son of Anton and Nancy Schwartz Schmale. He married Clara B. Voss, who preceded him in death in 1948. Survivors are one brother, Lee of Perry, Iowa and several nieces and nephews. Four brothers and three sisters also preceded him in death.

WILLIAM H. SCHNITTKER
William H. Schnittker, 71, of Bloomington, died at 9:47 a.m. yesterday 7-11-1985 at his home. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, with Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 10-8-1913, at Saybrook, a son of William and Anna Boog Schnittker. He married Edna DeBolt 7-28-1938 at Chicago and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Mary Munson Delforge, Normal; and Sharon Schnittker, Alhambra, Calif.; a brother, Walter Schnittker, Beaumont, Texas; a sister Edna Heldt, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and two grand-daughters. Two brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. He had farmed in the Foosland area for 25 years, retiring in 1974. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Bloomington, Gibson City Masonic Lodge, Medinah Shrine of Chicago and the Gibson City Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

REV. AL SCHNECK
The Rev. Al Schneck, 86, of Gibson City died at 7:06 p.m. Wednesday 10-17-2001 at the OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson, Gordon Zubrod and the Rev. Chris Perrin officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church for the Indian Village Church Building Fund. The Rev. Schneck was born 12-12-1914 in Milwaukee, Wis., a son of Robert and Grace Snow Schneck. He married Marie Phillips on 9-1-1940 in Olin, Iowa. She survives. Other survivors inclue three daughters, Elaine (Gordon) Zubrod, Harrisburg, Pa.; Kathleen (Claude) Martin, Des Moines, Iowa; and Sue (Bill) Kean, Gibson City; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. Al was a man who touched people's lives. He had the heart of a servant and he used it for the Lord's glory. Al and Marie spent 21 years, from 1949 - 1970, as Methodist missionaries in India and 25 years pastoring churches in Iowa. They moved to Gibson City in 1995 to be close to family. While in Gibson City, Al, a member of the Lions Club, was active in community affairs and in the lives of his grandchildren. He is remembered by all who knew him for his deep faith and quiet sense of humor. He continued to serve his Lord as visitation pastor at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City until the Lord called him home.

ANTON H. SCHRIEFER
Anton H. Schriefer, 77, of Gibson City, died at 7:58 p.m. Monday 6-7-1999 ` at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Wayne Shelkshon and the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Schriefer was born 11-10-1921 in Gilman, a son of Henry August and Mary Johanna Wilken Schriefer. He married Doris Ann Hendricks 12-11-1965 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, William (Karla) Hunter, Gibson City; and one daughter, Judy Kay Ingold, Rantoul. Also surviving are four grandchildren. His parents, one daughter and three sisters preceded him in death.

DORIS ANN HENDRICKS SCHRIEFER
Doris Ann Schriefer, 64, of Gibson City died at 2:45 a.m. Monday 5-29-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Mark Carpenter and the Rev. Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Schriefer was born 4-19-1936 at Paxton, the daughter of Frank Lee and Helen Lucile Horridge Hendricks. She married Anton Harvey Schcriefer on 12-11-1965 at Gibson City. He died 6-7-1999. Survivors include one son, William (Karla) Hunter, Gibson City; one daughter, Judy Kay Ingold, Rantoul; and two brothers, Frank Hendricks, Jr. and Bob Hendricks, both of Gibson City. Other survivors include four grandchildren. Her parents, two sisters and one daughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Schriefer was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church. She was an LPN and worked at nursing homes in the area. She also was a private duty nurse. She retired in 1993.

MERLE TROYER SCHROCK
Merle Schrock, 89, of Gibson City died at 10 a.m. Saturday 9-23-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Schrock was born 7-24-1911 in Pana, a daughter of Henry and Mary Wedermann Troyer. She married Samuel D. Schrock on 3-6-1932 in Nashua, Iowa. He died 2-3-1966. Survivors include a son, Jerry Schrock of Bourbonnais; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister. Mrs. Schrock lived in Gibson City for 80 years and was a member of United Methodist Church in Gibson City for 75 years.

JOHN W. SCHROEDER
John W. Schroeder, 59, died at Gibson Community Hospital at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday 9-14-1960, where he had been a patient seven days. His funeral was held at the Presbyterian Church Saturday with the Rev. William B. Edwards officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery with the Lamb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. He was born 2-26-1901 in Sibley, a son of Peter and Emma Brading Schroeder. He married Clara Gilmore 1-14-1925 in Peoria. He farmed for many years near Gibson City. Surviving are his wife; a son, John, Jr., at home, six daughters, Sharon, at home; Mrs. LaVonne (Dale) Riblet; Mrs. William (Betty) Pearson, and Mrs. James (Maureen) Hartman, all of Gibson City; Mrs. Donald (Rachel) Hartman, Bloomington; and Mrs. Donald (Jeanette) Carter of Paxton; four brothers, Carl and Ernest, Gibson City; Franklin, Garden Grove, Ca., and Alfred of Colfax; three sisters, Elsie Schroeder, Mrs. William (Hazel) Enghausen and Mrs. Jake (Helen) Cramer, all of Gibson City and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter.

CLARA L. GILMORE SCHROEDER
Clara L. Schroeder, 72, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City community, died at 2:50 a.m. Friday, 4-20-1979 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Louis Haase and James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stanley Foster, Larry Carter, Gordon Douglas, Bill Hunter, Jack Kollross and Gerald Tompkins. She was born 7-8-1906 at Gibson City, a daughter of Sam and Louise Swearingen Gilmore. She married John W. Schroeder, Sr., 1-14-1925 at Peoria. He died in 1960. Surviving are a son, John, Jr., Gibson City, six daughters, LaVonne Riblet, Betty Pearson and Sharon Luedde, all of Gibson City; Jeanette Carter, of Paxton; Maurine Hartman and Rachel Hartman, both of Hudson; her stepmother, Anna Gilmore, Gibson City; two sisters, Grace Bielfeldt, Sibley, and Myrtle Bielfeldt, Anchor; four brothers, Arthur Gilmore, Bradenton, Fl., Clarence Gilmore, St. Charles; Sam Gilmore, Elburn, and Virgil Gilmore, Sugar Grove; a stepsister, Pearl Wichmann, Gibson City; 15 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Schroeder was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Garber Friendship Club.

WANDA SCHROEDER
Wanda Schroeder, 2, daughter of John and Clara Gilmore Schroeder, of this farming community, died at 10:30 p.m. last Sunday in the Brokaw Hospital, Normal, where she had been taken Sunday afternoon for treatment of diptheria. The body was brought to Lamb Funeral Home. The funeral was conducted at the grave, in Gibson Cemetery, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. A.G. Adams, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.

DOROTHY M. HARE HURON SCOTT
Dorothy M. Scott, 76, of Gibson City, died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday 10-20-1991 at Palmwood Health Care Center, Piper City. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. She was born 11-22-1914, in Seward Twp, the daughter of Roy A. and Ella Henderson Hare. She married Denver Huron 11-10-1936, at Crown Point. She later married William E. Scott 6-30-1965 in Gibson City. He died on 8-15-1991. Survivors include three sons, Robert Huron, Winder, Ga.; Henry Huron, Henderson, Nev.; and Roy Huron, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three daughters, Beverly May, Mattoon; Betty Thomsen, Chatsworth; and Donna Hoffman, Gibson City; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. One sister and one grandson preceded her in death. She lived in Gibson City the past 39 years and was formerly of Minooka. She was a member of Drummer Twp OES, the Lee Lowery American Legion Auxiliary, Gibson City, and the VFW Auxiliary in Melvin.


JOHN SCOTT, SR. - ex-farmer, dies
Funeral services for John Thackery "Scotty" Scott, Sr. a retired Ford County farmer, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel AME Church, Champaign. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bluitt-Parker Funeral Home, Champaign. Beverly and Robert Marshall Vanderford of Vanderford's Funeral Home, Fulton, KY., will assist in directing the funeral. Mr. Scott died Saturday 7-7-1990 at Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford. He was born near Melvin, a son of John D. and Martha Thackeray Scott. He married Esther M. Punke. She preceded him in death. He married Anna Wall in 1959 and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, John T. Scott, Jr., a professor of agriculture at the University of Illinois, Thomas E. Scott and Harold D. Scott; a stepson, Harvy G. Wall of Jackson, Tenn.; a foster daughter, Patricia Danner of Seattle; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters. Mr. Scott worked with his wife, Anna Wall Scott in political activities. They worked for housing desegregation in Urbana and desegregation of the Champaign County Dept of Public Aid. He was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Ambassadors Club. He was a past exalted ruler of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World.

AUDREY J. HEDLUND SCOTT
Audrey Scott, age 87 of Columbia, Missouri died Sunday, 5-9-1993 at Boone Hospital Center. A graveside service will be at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City at 11 a.m.Thursday, May 13 with Gerald Taylor officiating. Mrs. Scott was born 4-6-1906 in Gibson City to Carl Arthur Hedlund and Mae Ethel Miner Hedlund. On 1-1-1927 she married Orville William Scott in Gibson City and he preceded her in death in 1958. She is survived by one son, Sherrill E. Scott of Osage Beach, Missouri; two daughters, Delores Taylor of Columbia, Missouri and Peggy Reece of Denver, Colorado; one brother, Arthur Hedlund of Scottsdale, AZ; eight grand-children and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

HENRY R. SEHMANN
Henry R. Sehmann, 81, Long Beach, Ca., formerly of Sibley, died at 4:30 a.m. Monday, 9-16-1985 at Long Beach Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Sehmann was born 4-1-1904 at Sibley, a son of Henry and Antje Timke Sehmann. He married Hilda Vehrs on 12-24-1933 at Sibley. She died 10-11-1977. He married Mary Buol on 8-9-1979 at Lakewood, Ca. She survives. Other survivors include two stepsons, William Buol, Bakersfield, Ca.; and Michael Buol, Encinitas, Ca., and a step-grandson. A brother and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Sehmann was a retired professor. He taught at California State University at Long Beach from 1951 - 1972. He had been a resident of California since 1951. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Masonic Lodge at Marine.

JUDY ANN HELDT SEIFERT
Judy Ann Seifert, age 35 of Gibson City died at 4:45 a.m. Saturday 2-12-2000 at her home in Gibson City from injuries received in a house fire. Memorial services were conducted at 7:30 p.m Monday, 2-14- at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Private burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Ms. Seifert was born 12-12-1964 at Normal, a daughter of Ernest W. and Paula A. Hunt Heldt. Survivors include one son, Addison Ross Seifert of Gibson City; and two brothers, Larry (Chris) Heldt of Brentwood, TN and Mark (Rose) Heldt of Elgin. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. Ms. Seifert graduated from Gibson City High School in 1983 and received an associate's degree in secretarial science at Parkland College in Champaign. She worked for the state's attorney's office in Champaign County. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. An account has been established at Bank of Gibson City marked for the son of Ms. Seifert. HOUSE FIRE KILLS GIBSON CITY WOMAN A fire at a Gibson City residence took the life of its owner early Saturday morning. Ford County Coroner, Jeff Baine said Judy Ann Seifert, 35, was dead at 4:45 a.m. at the scene of the fire, 419 E. Second St. He said a preliminary autopsy Saturday afternoon revealed that Seifert died of smoke inhalation, adding the toxicology test results were pending Sunday. Gibson City Fire Chief Jeff Volker said the department was called to the fire at 2:55 a.m. Saturday. The house was engulfed when crews arrived. He said after the fire had been extinguished, they found Seifert in the kitchen. Volker said the Illinois state fire marshal's office was called to assist with the investigation. He said it is believed that the fire started in the garage, destroying it and the east side of the home. Seifert's son was visiting relatives at the time of the fire, Volker said.

CLIFFORD SHANER
The funeral of Clifford Shaner, 86, of Gibson City, alderman for 20 years and mayor for two, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Patrick W. Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Shaner died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday 2-8-1992 at Heartland Healthcare Center, Paxton. He was born 2-12-1905 in Galva, a son of Alfred Elmer and Jennie Deborah Nelson Shaner. He married Fern Opal VanScoy 12-24-1933 in Ames, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Dwanna R. Hunt, Sun Lakes, AZ.; Karen O'Neal, Oxnard, CA.; and Christine Day, Tucson, AZ.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Glenn, Neponset; and one sister, Frances Buescher, New Orleans. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers. Mr. Shaner received a bachelor of science degree in animal husbandry from Iowa State University in 1932. He worked for the US Dept of Agriculture for seven years and purchased Shaner Implement in Gibson City 1-1-1947. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau social fraternity, Alpha Zeta honorary agriculture fraternity, Gamma Sigma Delta honorary scholastic fraternity, president of Gibson City Chamber of Commerce, chairman of United Fund for one year and Ford County Housing Authority board member, where he served as chairman from 1953 until the time of his death. in 1989, Ford Villa, a senior citizens center, changed it name to the Clifford Shaner Villa.

FERN OPAL VANSCOY SHANER
Fern Opal Shaner, 88, of Gibson City, died at 6:19 p.m. Thursday 12-26-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randy Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Surviving are three daughters, Dwanna R. Hunt, Sun Lakes, AZ.; Karen O'Neal, Camarillo, Calif.; and Christine Day, Tucson, AZ.; four sisters, one brother; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her parents, two brothers and two grandchildren preceded her in death. She was born 3-24-1908 in Ames Iowa, a daughter of George Arthur and Hilda Marie Estrem VanScoy. She married Clifford Leland Shaner 12-24-1933 at Ames Iowa. He died 2-8-1992. Mrs. Shaner lived most of her life in Gibson City. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City Woman's Club, Recreation Club and Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary.

HAZEL OSBORN SHANK
Mrs. Hazel Shank, 76, was found dead aat her home about noon Wednesday. Ford Co. Coroner Reynard Hayslette is conducting the inquiry. Her funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with burial in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 3-21-1892 at Stanford, a daughter of James and Louicy Bare Osborn. She was married to Ross F. Shank 4-1-1939 at Chicago, Il. Surviving are three sons, Charles Shoemaker, North Lake; Clarence Scholl, Lockport; James Scholl, Hometown; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Puls, Saybrook, Il.; four stepsons, Bob, Ray, Albert and Harry of Chicago; a step-daughter, Mrs. Irene Scott, Brookfield; 20 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Mansfield, Litchfield; Mrs. Beaulah Baukman, Bloomington; Mrs. Lena Popejoy, Colfax; a brother, Homer Osborn, Bloomington. Her husband, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. She had lived in Gibson City 15 years and was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church.

CHARLES L. SHARP
Charles L. Sharp, 81, of Gibson City, formerly of rural Melvin, died at 11;06 p.m. Monday, 11-21-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Stanley A. Rapp officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mr. Sharp was born 12-4-1906 near Melvin, a son of Harry and Ella Peters Sharp. He married Violet A. Leenerman on 12-24-1927 at Paxton. She died 2-17-1986. Survivors include one brother, Franklin, Gibson City; and one sister, Faye Sharp, Gibson City. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Sharp was a farmer until his retirement in 1968. He lived in rural Melvin from 1927 - 1974, when he moved to Gibson City. He was a former Dix Twp supervisor and was a member of Masonic Lodge 733 AF&AM; Corn Belt Shrine Club; Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge; and the United Methodist Church, all of Gibson City.

VIOLET A. LEENERMAN SHARP
Violet A. Sharp, 79, a resident of Gibson City died at 7:40 a.m. yesterday 2-17-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Sharp was born 11-13-1906 in Sullivant Twp., a daughter of John and Anna Copeland Leenerman. She married Charles L. Sharp on 12-24-1927 in Paxton. He survives. Mrs. Sharp had been a resident of rural Melvin for 47 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City, C-Lock Club of Melvin and the Friendship Club of Melvin.

DOROTHY STOLZ SHELLMAN
Dorothy Shellman, age 89 of Gibson City, a retired teacher, died at 11:50 p.m. Saturday, 3-18-1989 at the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were David Christensen, Jerry Sanders, Don Williams, Gerald Wahls, Dave Haggart and John Stolz. She was born 8-17-1899 in Garber, a daughter of William and Lydia Gerber Stolz. She married Elmer Shellman in January 1922 in Gibson City. He died 3-28-1985. Survivors include one son, Richard, Carlsbad, California; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; one brother, George Stolz, Gibson City; and one sister, Mary Frances Bonnen, Piedmont, OK. She was preceded in death by five sisters. A resident of the Gibson City area all of her life, Mrs. Shellman taught in rural Gibson City schools for several years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Gibson City Senior Citizens. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

FANNIE SHELLMAN
Fannie Shellman, 89, of Springfield, formerly of Gibson City and a retired nurse, died Friday 6-22-1984 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, Springfield, the Rev. Phil Coen, her brother-in-law officiating. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Miss Shellman was born 6-4-1885 in Ford County, a daughter of Killion and Anna Johnson Shellman. Survivors include two brothers, Elmer W. Shellman, Kerrville, TX; and Dr. Dwight K. Shellman, Springfield, Oh.; and two sisters, Clara E. Rickbell, Springfield; and Lucille Coen, Kerrville, Texas.

WILHA E. MAIN SHELLMAN
Wilha E. Shellman, 77, of Batavia, formerly of Gibson City and a Saybrook native, died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, 4-24-1984 at Michaelsen Health Center, Batavia. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Plato Center Methodist Church. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Yurs Funeral Home, St. Charles, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Shellman was born 11-23-1906 in Saybrook, a daughter of James and Melissa Funk Main. She married John V. Shellman and he preceded her in death. Four brothers also preceded her in death. Mrs. Shellman was a retired teacher, having taught in the Plato Center area. She was a member of the Plato Center Methodist Church and the National Retired Teachers Association.

LILLIE F. McPHERSON SHELTON
Lillie F. Shelton, age 92 of Melvin, died at 7:12 a.m. Tuesday 6-6-1995 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka. Her graveside service was at 10 a.m. Thursday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Michael Schmidt officiating. Pallbearers were Bardell Shelton, Randell Shelton, Nathan Shelton, Glenn Shelton and Jonathan Shelton. Mrs. Shelton was born 3-6-1903 in Clifty, KY, a daughter of George and Clara Blackford McPherson. She married Samuel Shelton on 1-20-1919 in Dunmor, Ky. He died 5-26-1962. Surviving are two sons, George of Arrowsmith and Gene of Champaign; one sister, Marie McGhee of Auburn, KY; 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Two sons, two grandchildren, three sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Shelton was a member of the Church of Christ of Gibson City. She enjoyed crocheting and flower growing.


OSCAR J. SHILTS
Oscar J. Shilts, 82, a Gibson City resident for 12 years, died at 1 a.m. yesterday 7-22-1986 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Shilts was born 12-4-1903 near Elliott, a son of William and Anna Marie Noland Shilts. He married Eleanor Helmick on 10-14-1922 in Paxton. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Guy W., Bayside, Wis.; one brother, Bloice, Elliott; and one sister, Ruby Hill, Hot Springs, Ark.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Shilts was a member of American Lutheran Church and the Gibson City Lions Club.

MARY ELEANOR HELMICK SHILTS
Mary Eleanor Shilts, 85, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:15 a.m. yesterday 8-12-1991 at Mercy Hospital, Janesville. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 8-24-1905 near Gibson City, a daughter of Guy and B. Pearl Aultman Helmick. She married Oscar J. Shilts on 10-14-1922 at Paxton. He died 7-22-1986. Surviving are a son, Guy W. Shilts, Janesville, Wisc.; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Shilts was a resident of Gibson City since 1972. She was formerly of Chicago. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City.

EMMA GILMORE SHIRLEY
Mrs. Emma Shirley, 92, Gibson City, died Thursday 11-27-1975 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were William G. Swearingen, Eugene Swearingen, Francis Swearingen, Earl DeWall, Ronald Dodd and Russell Erp. She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Charlene Bennett, Gibson City; a son Robert E., Gibson City; and 9 grandchildren. Mrs. Shirley was born 1-4-1883 in Gibson City a daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Boundy Gilmore. She married Oliver F. Shirley 6-26-1919 in Paxton. She was preceded in death by her husband, 3 sisters and 2 brothers. She was a lifelong resident of the Gibson City community and a member of the First Christian Church.

ROBERT E. SHIRLEY
Private graveside services were held for Robert E. Shirley, 71, of Gibson City on Thursday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Clarence Taylor officiated. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City handled arrangements. Mr. Shirley died at 9:45 a.m. Sunday 8-11-1996 at home. He was born 1-24-1925 at Gibson City, a son of Oliver Franklin and Emma J. Gilmore Shirley. He married Ruth Iro Akers on 1-27-1946 at Georgetown and she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Joan Shirley of Sugarland, TX.; Camille Gilbert of Algonquin and Robin Shirley and Christina Kampen, both of Gibson City; four grandsons; and a sister, Charlene Bennett of Gibson City. Mr. Shirley lived at Gibson City his entire life. He was a horse and cattle producer and retired from farming in 1989. He was a member of the First Christian Church at Gibson City.

RUTH IRO AKERS SHIRLEY
Ruth Iro Shirley, age 76 of Gibson City died at 5:42 p.m. Thursday 9-18-1997. Graveside services were held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. Shirley was born 11-28-1920 at Newberg, Oregon, a daughter of Earl and Ethel Alvord Akers. She married Robert E. Shirley on 1-27-1946 at Georgetown. He preceded her in death on 8-11-1996. Survivors include four daughters, Joan Shirley of Texas, Camille Gilbert of Algonquin, Robin Shirley of Gibson City and Christina Kampen of Gibson City and four grandsons. Mrs. Shirley lived in Gibson City for most of her life. She graduated from Illinois State University and was a dedicated Christian homemaker who loved her family, friends, pets and flowers. She was a member of the Pleasasnt Mound Church of Christ in Georgetown.

ROY SHULL
Roy A. Shull, 89, a resident of Gibson City since 1926 died at 5:09 a.m. Saturday 7-31-1982 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. James B. Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dick Nally, Mark Shull, Terry Shull, Tim Shull, Eric Shull, Scott Shull, David Shull and Russell Robbins. Mr. Shull was born 10-15-1892 at Holdridge, Neb., a son of Francis and Olive Dean Shull. He married Ora B. Jardine 10-15-1914 at Jolley, Iowa. She died 4-1-1965. Surviving are five sons, Roy of Tiskilwa, Dean and Clair, both of Gibson City, Evan of Arlington Heights, and Gene of Rolling Meadows; three daughters, Beryl Nally of Gibson City; Frances McNelis of Paxton; and Vonna Robbins of Fisher; a brother Irl Shull of Streator; 26 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, a sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Shull had served as Drummer Twp road commissioner for 27 years, retiring in 1959. He also served as a Gibson City volunteer fireman for 28 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Illinois Road Commissioners Association.

JEANNINE JORDAN SHULL
The funeral of Jeannine Shull, age 62, a lifetime resident of Gibson City, was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Patrick Cox officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Doug Roesch, Pat Celeschi, Danny Tomlinson, Tom Jordan, Bill Riblet and Don Jensen. Rob Hester was honorary pallbearer. Mrs. Shull died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday 2-2-1991 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. She was born 2-2-1929 in Gibson City, a daughter of Edmund and Florence Scott Jordan. She married Clair Shull on 9-14-1947 in Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are one son, Scott of Gibson City; two daughters, Linda Celeschi of Gibson City and Connie Hester of Witt; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by seven brothers and one sister. Mrs. Shull provided child care in her home for ten years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women's Society and the United Methodist Church.

ANNA F. FAIRCHILD SIEVERS
Anna Frances Fairchild Sievers, age 88, died at 9:50 p.m. 10-30-1990 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. She was born 9-29-1902 at West Liberty, KY the daughter of Wiley Newton and Minnie Lewis Fairchild. On 12-10-1924 the Reverend Herbert G. Hurrell married Anna Fairchild and Henry J. Sievers. They resided most of their married life in the Sibley and Gibson City areas. Her husband preceded her in death on 6-3-1983. Mrs. Sievers worked for many years as a nurses aid at Gibson Community Hospital. She was a charter member of the Community Christian Church.

WALTER E. SIXT
Walter E. Sixt, 92, a resident of Gibson City since 1942, died at 2:15 a.m. yesterday 10-9-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Sixt was born 10-7-1894 at Jacksonburg, Oh., a son of Mathias and Mary Schaffer Sixt. He married Luella Ann Kennel on 10-7-1919, Middleton, Ohio. She died 6-11-1978. Survivors include three sons, Clarence, Gibson City, Earl, San Dimas, Ca.; and Mark, Normal; two daughters, Anna Lou White, Franklin, Ohio; and Lavina Miller, Gibson City; one sister, Clare Sixt, Monroe, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. One son, one brother and three sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Sixt was a farmer and retired from Central Soya, Gibson City, in 1963, after 15 years with the company. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church.

RICHARD JOSEPH "RICHIE" SKIPPON
The graveside service of Richard "Richie" Joseph Skippon, 23, of Lakeland, Fla. will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. David-Russell Funeral Home, Lakeland, is in charge of arrangements. He died Friday 6-15-2001 at his home of Batten's disease, which he had since age 6. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Skippon was born 12-11-1977 at Peoria, a son of Joseph and Linda Skippon. Survivors include his parents of Lakeland and grandparents, Artie and Anne McCabe of Shirley, NY. His grandparents, Richard and Maxine Wolfe, formerly of Gibson City preceded him in death.

KENNETH R. SLOAN
Kenneth R. Sloan, 73, died at 12:16 a.m. Monday 3-15-1976 at the Burnham City Hospital, Champaign. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. J. P. Cragar officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were relatives of Mr. Sloan. He was born 10-27-1902 in Hannibal, Mo., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sloan. He married Allyene Leach in 1925 in Hannibal. Survivors include his wife and one sister, Mrs. Ruby Markem, Piggot, Ark. He was a former Gibson City resident, who returned to Gibson City last fall after living in Calif. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Macomb.


ETHEL M. OGG SMART
The graveside funeral of Ethel M. Smart, 86, of Gibson City will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Clarence Bangs will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. She died at 10:12 p.m. Saturday 11-28-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Mrs. Smart was born 4-29-1901 in Garber, a daughter of William and Lillie North Ogg. She married Dr. George E. Smart on 6-13-1924 in Peoria. He died 4-20-1983. Survivors include a son, William C., Weaverville, SC; one daughter, Patricia A. Petelle, Bicksnell, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A sister preceded her in death. She was an 18-year-resident of Gibson City and a member of the First Christian Church.

DONALD E. SMITH
Donald E. Smith, 70, Gibson City died at 10 p.m. Monday, 6-16-1975 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home. Dr. Chester Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Smith was born 12-17-1904 in Ohio, a son of Ellsworth and Lucy Taylor Smith. He married Edna Wright on 9-4-1954 at Champaign. Surviving are his wife; two sisters, Mrs. Mable Hagen, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Marjorie Brundage, St. Petersburg, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. A brother and a sister preceded him in death. He was a longtime resident of Champaign and for 50 years was employed as a pressman for the Twin City Printing Co., now known as the R.F. Colwell Printing Corp. Pallbearers were Bruce Meyer, Ralph Cearlock, Bill West, Bill Mayo, Karl Brimm and Bill McDonald.

FRANK K. SMITH
Funeral services for Frank K. Smith, 85, of Tucson, AZ, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Sam Polson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. He died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday 6-3-2001 in Tucson. He was born 7-4-1915 in Gibson City, a son of John and Eliza Attebury Smith. He married Dorothy Mae Polson on 10-22-1932 in Williamsport, Ind. She died 2-25-1992. Surviving are three sons, Ronald Smith of Arcola, Frank K. Smith, Jr. of Champaign and Mikel A. Smith of Victoria, Texas; two daughters, Phyllis J. Yoder of Farmington and Marilyn S. Ostberg of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, John Smith of Gibson City; 18 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Mr. Smith was a farmer and a truck driver. He attended Flowing Wells Assembly of God in Tucson.

DOROTHY MAY POLSON SMITH
The funeral of Dorothy May Smith, age 77 of Newman was held Saturday at 2 pm. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverends Steve Estes and James E. Ostberg officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Jason Ostberg, Brett Yoder, Phillip Yoder, Chad Yoder, Kim Smith and Kevin Smith. Mrs. Smith died at noon Tuesday, 2-25-1992 at Northwestern Hospital, Tucson, AZ. She was born 5-20-1914 at Russell Springs, KY, a daughter of Sam and Susan Long Polson. She married Frank K. Smith on 10-22-1932 at Williamsport, Indiana and he survives. Also surviving are three sons, Ronald of Arcola; Frank K., Jr. of Champaign; and Mikel A. Smith of Effingham; two daughters, Phyllis J. Yoder of Newman and Marilyn S. Ostberg of Virginia Beach, VA; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one brother, Luther Polson of Newcastle, Indiana. One grandson, two sisters, and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith lived in the Newman area for 15 years and had previously lived in the Bloomington and Cooksville areas. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Tucson.

MARGARET K. KERCHENFAUT SMITH
The graveside service of Margaret K. Smith, age 74 of Bloomington, a teacher in the Gibson City schools for 35 years will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City; the Reverend Robert Sabo will officiate. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Smith, who spent most of her life in Gibson City, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 6-30-1991 at Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. She was born 4-4-1917 in Gibson City, a daughter of Calvin and Ivy Johnson ` Kerchenfaut. She married Rudy K. Smith on 10-24-1947 in Gibson City. He died 1-6-1991. Survivors include one son, Randy Smith of Bloomington; one daughter, Paula Friedman of Chicago; two sisters, Lois Frederick of Glendale, California and Ruth Stoutamoyer, Bloomington and three grand-children. Two brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith was a 1956 graduate of Illinois State Normal University and received a master's degreee in library science from the University of Illinois in 1965. A member of Delta Kappa Gamma, education sorority for outstanding women educators, she retired in 1977. After spending most of her life in Gibson City, she moved to Bayles Lake, Loda after her retirement. The Smiths moved to Bloomington in 1988. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Gibson City.

CURTIS SMITH
Curtis Smith, 86, of Gibson City, died at 12:35 a.m. yesterday 8-6-1986 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Ed Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 1-25-1900 in Hattiesburg, Miss. a son of Lee and Mary Green Smith. He married Ada C. Watkin in Hattiesburg, Miss. She died 2-16-1958. Survivors include two step-daughters, Jane Mable Smith and Frances Cotton, both of Champaign; 25 step-grandchildren; and 30 step-great-grandchildren. He had been a resident of Gibson City for 40 years. He was a member of Macedonis M.B. Baptist Church, Champaign, where he served as deacon.

EDNA B. WRIGHT SMITH
Edna B. Smith, 78, of Gibson City, died at 1:45 a.m. yesterday 6-20-1985 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Smith was born 12-19-1906 at Saybrook, a daughter of John Howard and Minnie M. Struebing Wright. She married Donald E. Smith 9-4-1954 at Champaign. He died 6-16-1975. Survivors include two brothers, Alan and Melvin Wright, both of Gibson City; and two sisters, Verna Donner, Gibson City; and Wilma Rick, Farmer City. Two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Smith formelry worked in the millinery department of Fields Dept Store. She was a former Champaign resident and had lived in Gibson City for the last seven years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City.

JAMES W. SMITH
James W. Smith, 70, died at his home in Derby about 3 p.m. Friday 7-26-1929, from an illness of Bright's disease for over three years and which kept him bedfast for the last three months. He was born in Chillicothe, Ohio 1-22-1859, where he was raised to young manhood. He then went to Nebraska where he married, 4-7-1886, to Miss Catherine Houser of David City, Neb. and they lived on a farm near that city for about 10 years and then moved to Ohio where they lived for a short time before coming to Illinois, and settling at Derby where they have since made their home. When living in Nebraska he joined the Methodist Church, and was a member of the local Modern Woodsmen Lodge. Besides his widow, he is survived by four children, Mrs. Blanche Busick and Mrs. Dewey Smith, both of Gibson City; and Mrs. Freeda Daubs of Glendale, AZ. The oldest son, Chauncey died about five years ago. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church in this city in charge of the pastor, Rev. A.H. Flagge. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.

MERLE R. "BABE' WARDER SMITH
Merle R. "Babe" Smith, 61, of Gibson City, died at 10:19 a.m. Saturday, 12-20-1986 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. A family graveside service will be Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with the Reverend Randall Perry officiating. Lamb Funeral home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. She was born 8-17-1925 in Portsmouth, Ohio, a daughter of Frank and Daisy Craig Warder. She married Roger Smith 8-7-1971. He survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Barbara Wilson, Lexington; Schonnie Haggard, Saybrook; Sheila Ward, Foosland; and Lonnie Lage, Gibson City; one son, Randy Whitaker, Urbana; one sister, Evaughn Clifton, Gibson City; and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Rantoul, and the VFW Auxiliary. She was formerly employed for many years at Jake and Kate's Restaurant, Gibson City.

SYLVIA A. KERCHENFAUT SMITH
Sylvia A. Smith, age 94 of Gibson City died 12-31-1998 at Marion Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday January 21 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. There was no visitation. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the local arrangements. Mrs. Smith was born 9-10-1904, a daughter of Charles W. and Mattie Bell Kerchenfaut. She married Dewey W. Smith on 5-9-1925 at Gibson City. He died 8-31-1970. Survivors are one daughter, Dolores E. Thompson of Santa Maria, California; two sons, Max W. Smith of Denver, Colorado and Harold D. Smith of Ross, Ohio; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, three brothers and two sisters. Mrs. Smith was a long-time member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City.

MILDRED C. RASOR SMITH
Mildred C. Smith, 86, of Rankin died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday 12-29-1999 at Country Health Care Center, Gifford. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Wolfe Funeral Home, Rankin. The Rev. Bruce Heck will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Smith was born 8-2-1913 at Foosland, a daughter of Frank and Phoebe Downey Rasor. She married James A. "Arlie" Smith on 8-16-1929, in Paxton. He died 6-18-1991. Survivors include a son, Jim Smith of Rankin; three daughters, Beverly Greger of Villa Grove, Carolyn Schnepper of Gifford and Velta Snyder of Potomac; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a grandson. Mrs. Smith and her husband farmed for many years before retiring.

BEVERLY G. SAWYER SMITH
Beverly G. Smith, 81, of Paxton died at 12:02 a.m. Sunday 1-6-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Smith was born 6-25-1920 in Gibson City, a daughter of M.H. and Pearl Pruitt Sawyer. She married Roy V. Smith 1-8-1940 in Paxton. He died 10-4-1968. ` Survivors include two daughters, Caryl (Bob) Nuchols, Paxton and Jacque (Art) Whyte, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Larry Smith; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Her parents preceded her in death.

ANN J. SCHUTTE SMITH
Ann J. Smith, age 94 of Gibson City died at 12:50 p.m. Friday 10-23-1998 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were William Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Wesley Johnson, Terry Roesch, John Schutte and Joe Brooks. Mrs. Smith was born 3-13-1904 at Guthrie, a daughter of Harry and Caroline Bonnen Schutte. She married James W. Smith on 4-10-1953 at Covington, Indiana. He died in February 1958. Survivors include two nephews, John Schutte of Gibson City and William Johnson of East Peoria; and three nieces, Mildred Ferri and Dorothy Brooks, both of Gibson City and Ruth Ann Johnson of Paxton. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, two brothers and four nephews. A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, Mrs. Smith lived in the Fisher and Gibson City areas for most of her life.

HARRY E. SMOCK
Harry "Jake" E. Smock, 83, Gibson City, a retired farmer, died at 11 p.m. Monday 1-1-1990 at Carle Harbours Nursing Home, Savoy. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Randy Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Smock was born 4-14-1906 in DeWitt County, a son of Tom and Katherine Whals Smock. He married Ruby Irene Drake on 7-8-1942 in Paxton. She died 10-25-1972. Survivors include one brother Othar Smock, Gibson City, and one sister, Pauline Stone, Urbana. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Smock lived in LeRoy until 1940, when he moved to Gibson City.

GLADYS F. MAY SMOCK
The funeral of Gladys F. Smock, 82, a Gibson City resident, died at 3:40 p.m. Saturday 10-4-1986 at her home in Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 9-14-1904 in Gibson City, a daughter of Peter and Myrtle Jordan May. She married Otha Smock on 4-17-1926 in Gibson City. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Junior E., Lewisburg, Ky., and Charles of Bloomington; three daughters, Margarieta Buckner, Springfield; Catherine Foster, Danville; and Mary Schmidt, Gibson City; 20 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Henry and Adolph, both of Gibson City, and Russell of Elliott. She was preceded in death by her parents, two granddaughters, one brother and three sisters. She had been a Gibson City area resident most of her life. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

WINIFRED M. "SPARKY" SNEAD
Winifred M Snead, 93, of Gibson City died Friday 4-30-1999 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Bob Crossman and Ted Swanson were honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Steve McMahon, Don Snead, Carl Hudson, Harold Thomas, Dave Stolz and Jack Royal. Mr. Snead was born 9-11-1905 at Owenboro, kY., a son of Eppa and Ethel Parker Snead. He married Elsie McMahon on 4-4-1936 at Decatur. Survivors include his wife, Elsie Rae Snead of Gibson City; one son, Ronald Snead of Skaneateles, NY; one daughter, Kathryn Rae Snead of Rantoul; four grand-daughters and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by nine brothers. A former member and past president of the Gibson City Lions Club, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF&AM. A resident of Gibson City for over 63 years, Mr. Snead was a manager and wirechief for Illinois Bell Telephone in Gibson City for over 40 years. Memorials may be made to the area hospital or to the church.

ANDREW R. SOMMER
Andrew R. Sommer, age 83, a Gibson City resident for 54 years, and a retired painter, died at 4:15 a.m. Monday 3-22-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, in Urbana. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Swartzell, Ernest Schroeder, Les Mulvany, Glenn Davis and Bob Hendricks. Active pallbearers will be Bob Reiners, Jerry Tompkins, Gary Allen, Tom Fairchild, Tim Keim and Eric Rosenbaum. Mr. Sommer was born 10-9-1909 at Dewey, a son of Christian and Fredricka Carle Sommer. He married Wilma McClain on 12-19-1939 near Elliott and she survives. Other survivors include one son, James of Gibson City; one daughter, Janet Glascock of Gibson City; one brother, Carl of Fisher; five sisters, Liza Taber of Miami; Carrie Studer of Fisher; Mary Clark of Champaign; Emma Butts of Sycamore; and Esther Barton of Huntley; two grandchildren and one great-grandson. Six brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Sommer was a self-employed painter, retiring in 1969. He was a member of the Gibson City Volunteer Fire Department for 33 years. Mr. Sommer was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City and was a former elder of the church. Memorials may be made to his church, to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the Hospice Unit of Covenant Medical Center.

ESTHER F. PETERSON SPARKS
Esther F. Sparks, 88, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area, died at 1 a.m. yesterday 6-1-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home, and from 10 - 11 a.m. Friday at the Church. Mrs. Sparks was born 2-9-1900, near Proctor, a daughter of Erick and Sofie Anderson Peterson. She married Elmer T. Sparks on 12-31-1917 at Gibson City. He died 8-31-1969. Survivors include one sister, Anna Jardine, Gibson City. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Sparks was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Sunshine Sunday school class and the Women's Association of the church. Memorials may be made to her church.

FLOYD D. SPEEDIE
Floyd D. Speedie, 62, died at his farm home at 5:55 Thursday 11-18-1954. He suffered a stroke three years ago and has been bedridden since. He was taken to Lamb Funeral Home. Services were held at the funeral home at 3 p.m. on Sunday with Rev. James Clayton, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harvey Rutledge, Glenn Rutledge, Tony Gandy, Robert Royal, Wayne Brock and Lester Moody. Mr. Speedie was born October 1892, at the farm where he died, son of David and Sarah Metcalf Speedie. He married Ella Osborn, 9-24-19.3 (as written?) at Logansport, In. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Dorothy Hubbard of Joplin, Mo. and Wilma Jean Kelley of Gibson City and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister and his parents. Mr. Speedie was a veteran of WW1.

ELLA S. OSBORN SPEEDIE
Ella S. Speedie, 83, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area. died at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday 1-22-1980 at the home of a granddaughter in Beaumont, TX. Her funeral was at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Richard Richards officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Stevenson, Brian Trimble, Michelle Kelley, Donald Kelley, Bobby Rollins and Donald Thabodeaux. Mrs. Speedie was born 10-5-1896 near Gibson City, a daughter of U.T. and Nellie VanScoyoc Osborn. She married Floyd Speedie in Gibson City. He died 11-18-1954. Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Hubbard of Ola, Ark. and Jean Chandler, Beaumnt, TX.; two sisters, Hattie McConnell, Los Angeles, CA. and Violetta Hawman of St. Joseph, Mo.; and four grandchildren. A brother preceded her in death. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

BEULAH WALKER SPEERS
Beulah Speers 84 of Gibson City, formerly of Bloomington, died at 8:50 a.m. Wedneday 11-19-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had been a patient for 5-3/4 months. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Dr. James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Delmar Huxtable, William Lange, Larry Lange, Ernie Pearson, Milton Pearson and Rolly Forth. Mrs. Speers was born 7-26-1896 at Martinsville, a daughter of William and LuEva Rogers Walker. She married William E. Speers in 1921 at Foosland. He died in 1967. Surviving are two sisters, Zula Anderson and Mildred LeValley, both of Gibson City; and two brothers, William Walker, Dunedin, Fla., and Willard Glenn Walker, Gibson City. Four sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Speers lived in Bloomington for many years before moving to Gibson City. She was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church or to Gibson Community Hospital.

MARILYN J. COOPER UTTERBACK SPITZ
Marilyn J. Spitz, 64, Champaign, formerly of Gibson City area, died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday 11-18-1986 at her home. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Spitz was born 6-10-1922, in Gibson City, a daughter of Frank and Clara Rick Cooper. She married William M. Utterback 12-23-1943 in Stanford. He died 3-3-1980. She married Charles S. Spitz 4-25-1981 in Champaign. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael Utterback, Dewey, and Marc Utterback, Indian Head Park; a daughter Lee Ann Utterback, Bloomington; four stepsons, Daniel Spitz, Georgetown; Thomas and Louis Spitz, both of Champaign, and Randy Spitz, Paxton; a sister Clara Bidwell, Bayles Lake, Loda; two grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren. Mrs. Spitz had been a resident of Champaign since 1980. She was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church, Champaign and Lake of the Woods Golf Association, Mahomet. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

EDNA ROPP SPRINGER
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. Memorials may be made to the Meadows Mennonite Building Fund, Chenoa, Il. 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.

ELSIE MARIE KUNTZ STALLARD
Elsie Marie Stallard, 103, of Gibson City, died at 10:40 p.m. Wednesday 1-12-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Hecht officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society. Mrs. Stallard was born 6-6-1896 at Strawn, a daughter of John L. and Mary Pauline Schroen Kuntz. She married Wilbur L. Stallard on 7-19-1953 at Watseka. He died 10-8-1967. Survivors include one brother, Bernard R. Kuntz, San Diego, Calif. Five brothers and four sisters also preceded her in death.

TYLER JOEL STALTER
Tyler Joel Stalter was stillborn at 10 a.m. Monday 3-29-1999 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Graveside services wre conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Lyndall Propst officiatng. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Tyler is the son of Nathan Joel and Bethany Kay Gravos Stalter. Survivors include his parents of Mansfield; his paternal grandparents, Dennis and Lori Stalter of Mansfield; his maternal grandmother, Janele Cooley of Wabasha, MN.; his maternal grandfather, Dennis Gravos of Rushford, MN; his paternal great-grandparents, Darrell and Fae Stalter of Fisher; his paternal great-grandparents, Richard and Marilyn Kemple of Lubock, Texas; his maternal great-grandparents, Orland and Doris Cooley of Ridgeway, Iowa; his maternal great-grandmother, Gladys Gravos of Peterson, MN and four uncles and three aunts. Tyler was preceded in death by his maternal great-grand-father. Memorials may be made to the family.

NORMA M. JONES STAMM
Norma M. Stamm, age 73 of Gibson City died at 9:25 a.m. Sunday, 1-22-1995 at her home. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Bill Williams officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Sandra Meredith and Andrea Long. Active pallbearers were Joel David, Jason David, Daniel Baker, Jeffrey Albert, Lee Shunke and Scott Shunke. Mrs. Stamm was born 1-16-1922 in Danforth, a daughter of John Allen and Mary Ellen Sparks Jones. She married Everett D. Stamm on 10-14-1940 at Marblehill, Missouri. He died 7-8-1994. Survivors include three daughters, Rose David of Springfield and Bonnie Bowman and Freda Sutton, both of Paxton; two sisters, Doris York of Normal and Ramona Olson of Gibson City; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Stamm lived in Gibson City for 17 years and formerly lived in Roberts. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Gibson City. She worked at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City for many years. She also played the piano at the nursing home, the Gibson Community Hospital Annex and at her church. She was a member of the Levis and Lace Square Dance Club in Paxton. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice of Gibson City or to a charity of the donor's choice.

EVERETT D. STAMM
Everett Dewey Stamm, age 82 of Gibson City died at 12:01 a.m. Friday 7-8-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Bill Williams officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Joel David, Jason David, Daniel Baker, Jeffrey Albert, Lee Schunke and Scott Schunke. Mr. Stamm was born 1-31-1912 at Lutesville, Missouri, a son of Albert and Lily Funke Stamm. He married Norma Jones on 10-14-1940 at Marble Hill, Missouri and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Rose David of Springfield; Bonnie Bowman and Freda Sutton, both of Paxton; four brothers, Paul of Paxton; Douglas of Roberts; Roy of Piper City; and Marion of Pekin; three sisters, Mildred Burchinsky of Spirit Lake, Iowa: Pauline Kurbenbach of Pontiac; Eulene Wagner of Loda; 11 grand-children and eight great-grandchildren. Three sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Stamm farmed in the Roberts area for 44 years and later worked in maintenance of Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice or to a charity of the donor's choice.

ELMER STANGE
Elmer Stange, 82, of Milford, died Wednesday 3-23-1988 at his home. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the Barker Funeral Home in Milford. Services wil be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Neil Larimore officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Stange was born 10-29-1905 in Grundy Co., Iowa, a son of Claus and Matilda Claussen Stange. He married Dorothy Logan in 1929 in Wessington, SD. Survivors include his wife, the former Gyla Pruitt, whom he married 12-4-1953 in Gibson City; two sons, Elmer Lee Stange of Roselle and Albert Clyde Stange of Davies, DI. (?) ; two daughters, Ruth M. Johnson of Tampa, FL. and Dorothy C. Oneal of Champaign; one stepdaughter, Sharon Wissmiller of Lexington; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, one sister, Pearl Tapkin of Letcher, SD, and two brothers, Mike of Plankinton, SD and Vernon of Wessington, SD. A stepson and a grandchild preceded him in death. For more than 25 years, Mr. Stange operated a feedlot for the Armour Co., first at Gibson City and later in Milford. He retired in 1970. He had also operated a farm in the Milford area for many years for West Glover. Mr. Stange was an avid gardener.

GYLA UDEENE PRUITT BOSHELL STANGE
Milford - Funeral services for Gyla Udeene Stange, 81, of Milford, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Stange died at 2:18 p.m. Friday 11-2-2001 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home,El Paso. She was born 12-31-1919 at Garber, a daughter of Arthur and Viola Huxtable Pruitt. She married Ralph Boshell. She married Elmer Stange on 12-5-1952. He died in March 1987. She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Wissmiller of Lexington; two stepsons, AC Stange and Elmer Stange, both of Florida; two stepdaughters, Dorothy O'Neal of Champaign and Ruth Johnson of Florida; two granddaughters; eight step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Ausili and Darlene Bell, both of Gibson City; and one brother Herschel Pruitt of Florida. She was preceded in death by one son and one sister. Mrs. Stange was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and gardening. Memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Manor Nursing Home, El Paso, or to Gyla Stange Memorial Fund.

HAZEL STATHERS
Hazel Stathers, 101, a resident of Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City formerly of Melvin, died at 5:25 a.m. Sunday 1-17-1999 at the annex. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Joel Catlin officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Melvin United Methodist Church or Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Miss Stathers was born 9-18-1897, in Melvin, a daughter of William and Mary McClure Stathers. Survivors include one niece, June Bean, Quincy. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Miss Stathers had lived in Gibson City since 1991. She was a member of the Melvin United Methodist Church.

MILDRED O. STAUFFER
Mildred O. Stauffer, 91, Bloomington, died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday 4-17-1997 at Martin Health Care Center, Bloomington. Her graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip D. Queen officiating. There will be no visitation. Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Martin Health Care Center, Bloomington. Survivors include a niece, Marsha Hiter, Clinton. Also surviving is a great-nephew, Travis Sumner, Clinton. She was born 10-18-1905 in Saybrook, the daughter of Albert T. and Bertha Outlaw Stauffer. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington. She formerly worked for Berenz Asphalt co. Bloomington, as a bookkeeper for a number of years. She graduated from Brown's Business College in 1928.

HENRY K. STEINLICHT
Henry K. Steinlicht, 85, rural Gibson City, died at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday 9-9-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Steinlicht was born 2-13-1901 in the Germanville area near Chatsworth, a son of Julius and Catherine Bierman Steinlicht. He married Ethel Mae Gillan on 2-23-1922 in Bloomington and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Henry J., Gibson City; a daughter, Agnes Marie Sylvester, rural Bloomington; a brother, Elmer of Peoria; and two sisters, Anna Isaacs, Colfax, and Emma Brakman, Homer, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a granddaughter preceded him in death. Mr. Steinlicht was a resident of the Colfax - Anchor area most of his life. He retired from farming in 1975. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

ETHEL MAE GILLAN STEINLICHT
Ethel Mae Steinlicht, 89, of Octavia Manor, Colfax, formerly of Gibson City died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday 4-20-1994 at the retirement home. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Steinlicht was born 5-5-1904 at Colfax, a daughter ` of James T. and Agnes B. Thompson Gillan. She married Henry K. Steinlicht 2-23-1922 at Bloomington. He died 9-9-1986. Survivors include one daughter, Agnes Marie Bradford, Bloomington; one son, Henry J. Steinlicht, Urbana; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Steinlicht had been a resident of Octavia Manor for five years. She was a member of the Community Chrsstian Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

MARY E. RITTER STEINLICHT
Mary E. Steinlicht, 60, of Gibson City died at 6:53 a.m. 10-22-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Mrs. Steinlicht was born 10-20-1926 in Carriers Mills, a daughter of Harry and Mildred Lewis Ritter. She married Henry J. Steinlicht 11-29-1946 in Harrisburg. He survives. Other survivors include four sons, James H., Colfax; Michael E., Gibson City; Steven L., Bloomington, and Richard L. of Chesapeake, VA.; two daughters, Marsha Jones, Gibson City, and Teresa Denney, Homer; her stepmother, Ann Ritter, Bloomington; two brothers, Dr. John Ritter, Clearwater Beach, Fl.; Harry Ritter, Lake Oswsego, Ore.; two sisters, Helen Blackman, Anchor; Janice Lendel, Carrier Mills; one half-brother, Arthur Ritter, Estes, Fl.; a half-sister, Jean Whiting, Winter Haven, Fl.; one step-brother, Hugh Reid, Temple, Tx.; three step-sisters, Dorothy Hazen, Phoenix, AZ., Beth Bymum, and Ann Boylan, both of Bloomington; and 12 grandchildren. Her parents, a daughter, a brother and two step-brothers preceded her in death. She had been a resident of Gibson City since 1958, and a member of Community Christian Church, Gibson City.

FLORENCE W. BUSING STEPHENS
Florence W. Busing Stephens, age 92 of Normal, formerly of Sibley, died at 11:37 p.m. Saturday 2-10-2001 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal. Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend William Hecht officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 3 p.m. February 14 at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Stephens was born 6-8-1908 at Sibley, a daughter of Gustav and Johanna Kutchera Busing. Survivors are one sister, Esther Vehrs of Colfax; six nieces and three nephews and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters and three brothers., Mrs. Stephens lived in Sibley before moving to Normal. She was a school teacher for many years at the Melvin-Sibley Elementary school. Mrs. Stephens was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Sibley. Memorials can be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church of Sibley. **typist note: nothing in the obit mentioned the husband.

SAMMIE R. STEPHENS
The funeral for Sammie R. Stephens, 90, of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Roy Fields and Parvin DeBarry will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Stephens died at 5:45 p.m. Thursday 6-22-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or to Shriner's Children's Hospital. He was born 8-3-1909 at Russell County, KY., a son of Lenvill and Martha Chumbely Stephens. He married Viola M. Holt on 1-6-1929 at Casey County, Ky. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Art (Dollie) Stephens, Gibson City; one daughter, Patricia Luttrell, Paxton; one brother, Vince Stephens, Liberty, Ky.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two grandchildren. Mr. Stephens was a member of the Church of Christ in Gibson City. He had lived in Gibson City since 1950.

ZETTA MARIE WARMAN STEPHENS
Zetta Marie Stephens, age 88 of Winchester, Virginia died Thursday 6-12-1997 at Westminster Canterbury Nursing Home in Winchester, Virginia. Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Robert Stephens officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was private. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the local arrangements. Mrs. Stephens was born 10-27-1908 at Foosland, a daughter of Wilbur Arthur and Katheryne Ellen Zimmerman Warman. She married Boyd C. Stephens on 9-14-1929 at Champaign. He preceded her in death on 2-3-1969. Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Malloy of Cross Junction, Virginia; one son, Robert Stephens of Cannon Beach, Oregon; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one sister, Lillie Cross of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and one brother.

RONALD R. STEPHENS
Ronald R. Stephens, 31, was dead at 4:35 p.m. Saturday, 1-31-1987 at the scene of a one-car accident 1-1/2 miles east of Gibson City on Illinois 9. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Keith Storment officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 2-16-1955 in Gibson City, a son of Artus and Dollie Boyd Stephens. Survivors include his parents, Gibson City; one daughter, Stacy Lynn Hill, Gibson City; one brothers, Bob Stephens, Mahomet; one sister, Phyllis Reichert, Bloomington; paternal grandparents Sam and Viola Stephens, Gibson City; maternal great-grandmother, Una Taylor, Paxton. He was preceded in death by one son and his maternal grandparents.

BYRON E. STEVENSON,
Byron E. Stevenson, age 60 of Mahomet, formerly of Gibson City, died at 10:51 p.m. Tuesday 9-11-2001 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of Mahomet with the Reverend Victor Baderschneider and the Reverend Malinda Hallom officiating. Burial was in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. September 15 at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the services on Sunday at the church. Ron Stevenson served as honorary pallbearer. Active pallbearers were Terry Cook, William Kidd, Mike Peters, Darren Peters, Jeff Cook and Darrin Donoho. Mr. Stevenson was born 3-18-1941 at Urbana, a son of Elmer G. and Laura E. Fawver Stevenson. He married Hilda E. Cramer on 9-27-1963 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, John (Mendy) Stevenson of Riverton; two granddaughters, Amber and Alyssa Stevenson of Riverton and one brother, Francis Stevenson of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Stevenson has lived in Mahomet for the past 29 years. Prior to that he resided in Gibson City. Employed at the University of Illinois Abbott Power Plant for 25 years, Mr. Stevenson also worked for Roberson Transportation in Mahomet for nine years before retiring in 2000. He also operated a part-time lawn business. Mr. Stevenson was a member of the Lutheran Church of Mahomet. He was also a member of Road Packeres Motor Club and Tawaskote Long Rifles Black Powder Gun Club. Active in The Boys Scouts of America, Mr. Stevenson was a Little League coach for seven years. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of Mahomet or to the American Red Cross.

ELMER G. STEVENSON
Elmer G. Stevenson, 72, a resident of Gibson City for 38 years, died Tuesday 4-17-1979 in Sarasota, Fl. Funeral services were held at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 11-8-1906 in Fisher, a son of George and May Gray Stevenson. He married Laura Fawver 10-5-1940 in Rantoul and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Janice Motto, Lexington; two sons, Byron, Mahomet, and Francis, Melvin; three sisters, Lottie Martin, Mechancsville, MD.; Ina Powell, Rantoul, and Bessie Wine, Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Edgar, Rantoul; and three grandchildren. A sister and a brother preceded him in death. Mr. Stevenson was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City. He had been a carpenter.

LAURA E. FAWVER STEVENSON
The funeral of Laura E. Stevenson, age 69, a resident of Sarasota, Florida for 21 years, formerly of Gibson City, was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Victor Baderschneider officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 pm. Thursday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Kidd and Fred Jesse. Active pallbearers included John Stevenson, Ron Stevenson, Mike Peters, Darrin Peters, Terry Cook and Tom Meers. Mrs. Stevenson died at 7 a.m. Tuesday 4-30-1991 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Fl. She was born 6-8-1921 in Wayne County, a daughter of Harvey and Elsie Noles Fawver. She married Elmer G. Stevenson on 10-5-1940 in Rantoul. He preceded her in death on 4-17-1979. Survivors include her mother of Gibson City; two sons, Byron of Mahomet and Francis of Melvin; one daughter, Janice Motto of Bloomington; one brother, Jack Fawver of Elliott; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her father and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Stevenson was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City.

KELSEY ANNE STEWART
The funeral of Kelsey Anne Stewart, 11-day-old daughter of Debra Kay Stewart of Gibson City was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Dane Meuschke officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held for one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. The infant was born 4-24-1991 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She died at 2:35 p.m. Sunday 5-5-1991 at the Peoria Hospital. Surviving is her mother of Gibson City. Her maternal grandparents and twin brothers preceded her in death. Memorials may be made to the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Saint Francis Medical Center.


DR. J.E. RAGSDALE - Gibson Courier, 11-22-1912
The remains of Dr. J.E. Ragsdale, who died in Salisbury, Mo., on Thursday of last week arrived in this city last Friday afternoon on the 1:21 passenger train on the Wabash. The local lodge of the Masonic order met the remains at the station, and marched as an escort to the Gibson Cemetery. No formal funeral was held, the Masonic burial ritual being given. Rev. Joseph H. Miller made a short prayer of benediction at the close of the Masonic ritual and the remains were lowered to their last resting place. Dr. Ragsdale's health had been poor for some time, his ailment being dropsy. He had been making his home in a hotel in Salisbury, where he received the best of treatment. He owned large farming interests near Salisbury and had been looking after them of late. Many of his old friends in this city attended the simple burial ritual at the grave, and a number of his friends from the county seat came over to pay a last tribute of respect to his memory. All business houses of the city closed from 1 until 2:30 o'clock in his honor. A complete obituary of Dr. Ragsdale's life was published in last week's Courier.

RUSSELL C. STICKELS
Russell C. Stickels, age 84, a 60-year resident of Gibson City died at 10:12 a.m. Sunday, 9-9-1990 at his home. His funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include Rodney Stickels, Tom Stickels, Steven Christman, Charles Christman, Victor Christman and Jack Royal. He was born 10-16-1905 in Pekin, a son of William and Ada Pierece Stickels. He married Lillian Minda Brock on 9-14-1929 in Urbana. She preceded him in death 7-10-1989. Surviving are one daughter, Carole Christman of Champaign; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Ivan Stickels of Champaign; and two sisters, Ruby Haney of Champaign and Lorraine Broerman of Prescott, AZ. He was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and two sisters. Mr. Stickels was employed by Corn Belt Hatcheries for 26 years, retiring in 1971. He also worked at Gibson City Dairy Queen for several years. He was a member of the Community Christian Church, Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

LILLIAN M. BROCK STICKELS
Lillian Minda Stickels, 83, a resident of Gibson City for 60 years, died at 9:35 a.m. yesterday 7-10-1989 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Stickels was born 3-13-1906 at Terre Haute, Ind., a daughter of David and Eliza Waggnor Brock. She married Russell C. Stickels on 9-14-1929 at Urbana and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Carole Christman, Champaign; one brother, Wayne Brock, Bath; one sister, Pearl Collins, Paxton; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. One son and three brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Stickels was a member of the Gibson City Community Christian Church, to which memorials may be made.

HAZEL A. KINGLSEY COIT STINDE
Hazel A. Coit Stinde, age 90 of Gibson City died at 7:45 a.m. 1-28-1997 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randy Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Mick Kingsley, Kenneth Mills, Earl Young and Tom Hartford. Mrs. Stinde was born 10-10-1906 a daughter of John and Milesa Nugent Kingsley. She married Clyde Coit on 2-28-1925 in Paxton. He died 12-24-1964. She married Orville Stinde on 1-26-1980 at Ellsworth. He died 4-14-1994. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Robley of Gibson City and Marie Sullivan of Paxton; two grandsons and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Ernest Kingsley of Sperry, OK; three step-sons Wayne Stinde of Elliott, Bob Stinde of Ellsworth and Marvin Stinde of Lexington; two step-daughters, Betty White of Onarga and Doreen Sparks of Fisher; 26 step-grandchildren and 41 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and two sisters and one step-son. Mrs. Stinde worked at Kemple's Kitchen and Vinson's Cafe in Gibson City for many years. A resident of Gibson City, she moved to Colfax in 1980. She was a resident of Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City since 1994. She also worked in housekeeping at Gibson Community Hospital for 10 years.

WILLIAM "BILL" H. STIPP
William H. Stipp, 55, of Jasper, Mich., a native of McLean County, died Friday 10-2-1998 at his residence. His funeral will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Biehl-Malone Funeral Home, Metamora, Ohio. There will be a private burial in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. He was born 3-20-1943 at McLean County, the son of Carl and Iva Brown Stipp. Mr. Stipp is survived by a son, Daniel (Alicia) Stipp and a daughter, Joani (Nicholas) Steusloff, all of Wauseon, Ohio; four brothers, Hubert (Alma) Stipp, Gibson City; James Stipp, Argentina, and Carl (Mary) Stipp and David (Sandra) Stipp, all of Blackstone; four sisters, Elsie (Louis) Schroeder, Minnesota; Roberta Stipp, Louisiana; Hannah (Joe) Whalen, Pontiac and Judy Garner, Streator. Also surviving is a grandchild, Kyle Stipp. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael, and three brothers, Harold, Paul and John. Mr. Stipp was a self-employed farmer.

IVA BROWN STIPP
Iva Stipp, 92, of Pontiac and Blackstone, died at 1:30 a.m. yesterday 11-20-1987 at her home. She had been ill for two years. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Raleigh J. Harris Funeral Home, Gary Brown and John Hartig officiating. Private burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 7-14-1895 in Clay Co., a daughter of James D. and Sarah E. Krutsinger Brown. She married Carl S. Stipp on 8-13-1920 in Louisvlle. He died 11-3-1960. Surviving are five sons, Hubert, Gibson City; James of the Dominican Republic; Carl, Jr. and David, both of Blackstone; and William, Waueson, Ohio; four daughters, Elsie Schroeder, Clarendon Hills; Roberta Stipp, Pickford, Mich.; Hannah Whalen, Pontiac; and Judy Garner, Streator; 24 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. Three sons, six sisters and a brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Stipp was educated in Clay Co. schools and was a member of the Undenominational Church.

MERVIN E. STOLTZ
Mervin E. Stoltz, 67, of Gibson City, brother of a Forrest woman, died at 12:32 p.m. Tuesday, 4-19-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Don Gibbons officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Friends may call from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Stoltz was born 10-10-1920 at Sumner, a son of James and Susie Cunningham Stoltz. He married Edith R. Brucker at Sibley on 1-1-1946. He had been a resident of Gibson City for five years. Mr. Stoltz had farmed for 37 years in the Gibson City and Saybrook areas, retiring in 1963. He was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Kenneth and Jerry, both of Saybrook; two daughters, Doris Retter, Camargo and Susan Hawthorne, Gibson City; his mother, Sumner; four brothers, James V., Jr. of Richmond, Va.; Larry, Owensboro, Ky.; Leo, Palestine, and Bill of Decatur; five sisters, Lola Skinner of Oolitic, Ind., Mona Dodson of Noble, Lois Emberton of Forrest, Juanita Kerby of Dover, Tenn. and Donna Akers of Bridgeport; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and three sisters.

MARION C. HUSTON STOLZ
Marion C. Stolz, age 87 of Gibson City died at 5:20 a.m. Sunday 3-7-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Jon Stolz, David Sanders, Matthew Sanders, Mark Shepherd, Vernon Hill and Bob Prescott. Mrs. Stolz was born 3-4-1906 in Gibson City, a daughter of William S. and Elizabeth Carlton Huston. She married George W. Stolz on 9-10-1930 in Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include a son, David of Gibson City; two daughters, Phyllis Podeschi of Oostburg, Wisconsin, and Patricia Sanders of Gibson City; and six grandchildren. A son, a sister and two half-brothers preceded her in death. She was a resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life. She attended Millikin University, Decatur. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority; First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City; Gibson City Women's Club; Garber Community Club and Gibson City Recreation Club. She was also past president of the Ford County Home Extension Board and had worked at First National Bank and Trust in Gibson City.

GEORGE W. STOLZ
George W. Stolz, age 87 of Gibson City, died at 5:30 a.m. 11-17-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. His funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Thomas Condron officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Jon Stolz, David Sanders, Matthew Sanders, Mark Shepherd, Vernon Hill and John Kaufman. Mr. Stolz was born 10-1-1906 at Garber, a son of William and Lydia Gerber Stolz. He married Marion C. Houston on 9-10-1930 at Gibson City. She died 3-7-1993. Survivors include a son, David of Gibson City; two daughters, Phyllis Podeschi of Oostburg, Wisconsin; and Patricia Sanders of Gibson City; one sister Mary Francis Bonnen of Piedmont, OK; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Six sisters and an infant son preceded him in death. Mr. Stolz attended the University of Ilinois. He farmed 40 years in the Gibson City area and 12 years in the Armington area and was manager of Corn Growers Association in Gibson City. He was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau and was the first of three Ford County farmers in the Farm Bureau Farm Management. Mr. Stolz was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the church, Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City or to Gibson Community Hospital.

SARAH LaVINA WILLIAMS STONE
Mrs. F.M. Stone nee Sarah LaVina Williams was born 3-17-1845 at Winchester, Ky. and died 10-20-1914, daughter of Original and Jane Williams. She married 7-20-1865 to Francis Marion Stone, who preceded her in death, 3-6-1907. Eleven children born to this union - three preceded her in death. Surviving: Mrs. Nannie Fawver of Ludlow, Il.; Wm. Stone of Ft. Worth, TX.; Albert of Rosemond, Il.; Mrs. Amma North of Ludlow, Il., Mrs. Lester Ray of Saybrook, Il.; Mrs. Emma Cranston of Carlisle, Ark.; Hugh Stone of Ludlow, Il. and Mrs. Stella Boyd of Ludlow, Il.

LUCAS TYLER STORMENT
Lucas Tyler Storment, infant son of Keith and Debra Ward Storment, Gibson City, was stillborn at 4:46 p.m. Sunday 12-11-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital. A graveside will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Larry Curry officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home is in charge. Also surviving are a sister, Bethany Storment, at home; maternal grandmother, Nellie Ward, Corinth, Miss. and paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Storment, Corinth, Miss. Preceded in death by his grandfathers.

WILMA RUTH GILMORE STRAW
Wilma Ruth Gilmore Straw, age 88 of Atlanta, Georgia died 8-28-1999. Graveside services will be held Saturday October 9 at 11 a.m. at the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with a lunch to follow in the Church Community Room. Mrs. Straw was born in Gibson City, and is survived by a daughter, Sara Straw Winship (Dale) of Atlanta, GA. The family requests that donations be given to the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City or to the Alzheimer's Association, Atlanta Chapter in memory of Wilma G. Straw. b. 6-17-1911 d. 8-28-1999 ** typist note: dates of death and burial are correct.

RICHARD W. STREBECK
Richard W. (Rick) Strebeck, age 98 of Gibson City died at 3:25 a.m. Tuesday 6-19-2001 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services was at 2 p.m. Friday, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Paul Thomason officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. June 21 at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Kristopher Strebeck, Brad Strebeck, Wesley Rainwater, Robert Eric Strebeck, Rudi Strebeck and Russell Andrews. Mr. Strebeck was born 4-1-1903 at Paxton, a son of Swedish immigrants Claus Algott Gustafson and Sophia Larsdatter Strebeck. He married Leta Mae Wilson on 8-2-1930 at Paxton and she survives. Survivors include five sons, Richard (Roberta) Strebeck of Gibson City; Charles (Arlene) Strebeck of Gibson City; Robert (Antje) Strebeck of Gibson City; Fred (Joyce) Strebeck of Gibson City and Larry (Devra) Strebeck of Paxton; four daughters, Georgeanna (Jack) Rainwater of Broken Arrow, OK, Patricia (Gordon) Essington of Cabery, Gracy Thorndyke of Gibson City and Susie Strebeck of St. Louis, Mo; 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, five sisters, and one grandson. Mr. Strebeck retired from the Gibson Cattle Company and formed Strebeck Salvage Company in Gibson City. He retired from business in 1968. Mr. Strebeck was well-known in the community for his leisure physical activities of jogging, bike riding, fishing and creative flower gardening. Mr. and Mrs. Strebeck celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on 8-2-2000. Memorials can be made to the Heritage Manor in Gibson City or to the Extended Care Unit at Gibson Area Hospital.

WILBUR C. STROH
Wilbur C. Stroh, 59, RR 1, a farmer, Mackinaw Drainage District Commissioner and director of Citizens State Bank of Cropsey, died at 2:40 a.m. Sunday at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. He had been ill several months. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He was born 2-6-1920 near Anchor, a son of Julius and Lillie Walters Stroh. Surviving are several cousins and two aunts. His parents and an infant sister preceded him in death. Mr. Stroh, a lifelong Anchor resident, was a 1938 graduate of Drummer Twp High School and attended the University of Illinois. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society.

MARY F. CULTER STUBBERT
Mary F. Stubbert, age 97 of Gibson City, died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday 8-12-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital. A memorial service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Private burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery,, Gibson City. The family will greet friends Saturday at the church following the memorial service. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Stubbert was born 11-2-1894 in Gibson City, a daughter of Frank and Lucy Ammer Culter. She married Dr. Frank B. Stubbert on 6-29-1915 in Gibson City. He died 2-12-1952. Survivors include one daughter, Jean Hall of Gibson City; three grandchildren, Beverly Swanstrom of Gibson City, Helen Frances Ferrill of Danville and Dr. Sam W. Hall, Jr. of Shoreview, Minnesota; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Stubbert had been a lifelong resident of Gibson City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City since 1905; associate member of Gibson City Women's Club having been a member since 1919; and life member of Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to her church, to the Gibson Community Hospital or to the William Moyer Library in Gibson City.

LAURABELL SCHWARTZ BUTLER SULLIVAN
Laurabell N. Butler Sullivan, age 87 of Gibson City died at 11:55 a.m. Friday 11-3-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Robert A. Hoover officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home. Pallbearers included Martin Butler, Rocky Butler, Joel Butler, Tony Butler, Mike Coit, Dan Coit and Chanc Persons. Mrs. Sullivan was born 2-14-1908 in LeRoy, a daughter of Albert and Grace Bowldy Schwartz. She married Everett Butler on 10-23-1926 in Bloomington. He died 8-18-1985. She married Clay Sullivan on 4-29-1962 at Gibson City. He died 6-3-1991. She is survived by four sons, Everett Butler, Jr. of Cedar Lakes, Indiana; Donald Butler of Bradley; Paul (Big Bud) Butler of Saybrook; and Delmar (Little Bud) Butler of Bradley; three daughters, Betty Hall of Fairbury; Linda Persons of Farmer City and Alice Hart of Bloomington; 29 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; one sister, Pauline Miles of Florida and one brother, George Schwartz of LaGrange. She was preceded in death by two brothers, one son, one daughter, four grandchildren anad two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sullivan lived in the Gibson City area for 46 years, working in the restaurant business for 24 years and for 2-1/2 years at Electronics and five years for the Farmers' Grain Elevator. Memorials can be made to the Living Word Church of Roberts.

CLAY M. SULLIVAN
Clay M. Sullivan, age 91, a resident of Gibson City for 29 years, died at 4 a.m. Monday 6-3-1991 at Ford County Nursing Home in Paxton. His funeral will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Robert Hoover officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include Gene Harrison, Gene Allen, Frank Williams, Joe Brooks, Elmo Schmidt and Willard Garvis. Mr. Sullivan was born 7-23-1899 at Jamestown, Ky, a son of Sidney H. and Julia C. Simmons Sullivan. He married Kassie Bennett in 1919 at Knoxville, TN. She died 1-23-1967. He married Laurabell Schwartz Butler on 4-29-1962 at Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include five sons, Sid of Seymour; Hugo of South Bend, Indiana; Orvis of Bremen, Indiana; Morris of Florida; and Dale of Accilo, Indiana; five daughters, Ruth Armstrong of Champaign; Reba Dailey of Walkerton, Indiana; Betty Ashely of Winchester, Indiana; Shirley Hanshaw of Gibson City and Judy Gomez of Kansas; four stepsons, Everett Butler, Jr., Cedar Lake, Indiana; Donald Butler and Delmar Butler, both of Bradley; and Paul Butler of Saybrook; three step-daughters, Betty Hall of Fairbury; Linda Persons of Sibley; and Alice Hart of Bloomington; two step-sisters, Ella Sullivan and Lucretra Helms, both of Columbia, Ky; 42 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; 24 step-grandchildren; and 37 step-great-grandchildren. Four sons, one daughter, two brothers, two sisters, one stepson, one stepdaughter and four step-grandchildren preceded him in death. Mr. Sullivan was a carpenter most of his life. He moved to Gibson City in 1962 and attended the Living Word Church in Roberts. Memorials may be made to the Living Word Church or to the Ford County Nursing Home.

JOHN RICHARD SUMMERS
The funeral of John Richard Summers, age 79 of Gibson City was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Reverends Patrick W. Cox and Thomas Condron officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home Gibson City and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Pallbearers were John Kaufman, Fred Douglas, Ed Douglas, Mike Bass, Ron Hood and John Doorn. Mr. Summers died at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, 11-6-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. He was born 6-4-1914 near Gibson City a son of Charles E. and Leah E. Rowan Summers. He married Helen W. Adams on 9-3-1936 in Fisher. She died 12-13-1984. Survivors include two sons, Richard of Savoy, and Dean of Gibson City, a daughter, Sharon Phifer of Bloomington; a sister, Helen Douglas of Urbana; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A brother and a son preceded him in death. Mr. Summers had been a resident of the Foosland and Gibson City areas for all of his life, farming from 1932 - 1981. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church where he was lay leader, administrative board member and Sunday school superintendent for many years. He was a member of the Gibson City Lions Club and Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau. A member of the Farmers Grain Elevator Board, Gibson City for 25 years, he was the board's secretary for 14 years. He worked at the Gibson City Community Sale for 50 years and served as its general chairman for five years. The Gibson City Chamber of Commerce named him the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1985. He delivered Meals on Wheels from 1983 - 1991 and served as Santa Claus in Gibson City from 1947 - 1962. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or to the Gibson Community Hospital.

HELEN W. ADAMS SUMMERS
Helen W. Summers, 70, of Gibson City, died at 9:26 a.m. Thursday 12-13-1984 at Burnham City Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce and Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Robert McMahon, Jack Nagle, Fred Gilmore, Merle Cook, Duncan McClure, Kenneth Meredith and Wilbur Schertz. Active pallbearers were Edwin Douglas, Mike Bass, Vernon Roesch, Ronald Hood, Ralph Blair and Wesley Calhoun. Mrs. Summers was born 12-9-1914 in Fisher, a daughter of George and Mabel Nichelson Adams. She married John R. Summers 9-3-1936 in Fisher and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Richard of Foosland, and Dean of Gibson City; a daughter, Sharon Pfifer, Bloomington; two brothers, George Adams, Fisher and Robert Adams, Boynton Beach, Fl.; eight grandchildren and a great-grandson. A son and two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Summers lived in the Foosland and Gibson City areas most of her life and was a member of the South Side Country Club, Gibson City Senior Women's Club, Gibson Recreation Club, Ford Co. Home Bureau, Democratic Women's Association, Women's Society of Christian Service, and the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Library or the Cradle Roll at the church.

JAMES H. SUMMERS
James H. Summers, age 68 of Gibson City died at 8:10 a.m. Sunday, 8-7-1994 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverends Phillip Curran and Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were John Burns, Marion Modro, Todd McNutt, Leon Lange, Joe Ernthaller and Dwayne McNutt. Active pallbearers were Harold Medler, Harry Tjardes, Daryl May, Leon Malone, George Tjardes, and Robert Provin. He was born 5-20-1926 at Gibson City a son of Warner M. and Anna D. Bailey Summers. He married Mona L. Wolfe on 6-12-1952 at Wayne City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, James B. of St. Louis; two daughters, Brenda Kay Mott and Patricia Lee Davis, both of Gibson City; one sister, Doris Tjardes of Gibson City and five grandchildren. His parents and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Summers was a current member of the Gibson City Council from Ward One. He was a longtime resident of Gibson City and formerly affiliated with Goldman Associates in St. Louis working as a specialty advertising representative for many years. He was also a member of the Goldman Associates Eagle Squadron. He was a member and twice chairman of the board for the First Christian Church in Gibson City; past member of the Gibson City Board of Education and was affiliated with the Ford County Fair Association, Ford County 4-H and Ford County Sheriff's Auxiliary. He was a member of the Gibson City Rotary Club and was a Mason. Memorials may be made to his church or to the Gibson Community Hospital.

DORIS A. JOHNSON SUTER
Doris A. Suter, age 88 of Gibson City died at 2:30 p.m. Thursday 7-26-2001 at her home in Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Mike Herzog officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. August 3 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include Gayle Simpsen, Mike Schroeder, Todd Sommer, Kurt Sommer, Mike Peters, Corky Meyers and Jim Zimmerman. Mrs. Suter was born 5-10-1913 at Spink County, SD, a daughter of Albert W. and Bessie Miner Johnson. She married Joe H. Suter on 10-31-1936 at Morocco, Indiana. He preceded her in death on 4-28-1993. Survivors include one daughter, JoAn (Jim) Cotton of Gibson City; one grandson, Joe (Michelle) Scholz of Springfield; one granddaughter, Elizabeth R. Cotton of Gibson City and two great-granddaughters, Stephanie Nicole and Alayna Tiffany. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. Mrs. Suter moved to Gibson City in 1923 graduating from Drummer Twp High School in 1930. She graduated from ISU Normal in 1932. Mrs. Suter taught school in Bloomington, Piper City and Gibson City until 1940. She organized the first Girl Scout Troop in Gibson City and was involved in scouting for almost 20 years. Working in the Army Air Corp Civilian Personnel Department from 1940 - 1946, Mrs. Suter taught school at Johnson AFB in Japan. She was also employed by the Gibson City Hospital for many years. She also helped her husband farm for over 30 years on the family farm which had been in the family for three generations. Mrs. Suter was active in the Friendly Circle Club, DAR, Eastern Star, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and Naomi Circle of the United Methodist Women. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice Program.

AGNES M. HUDGENS SUTER
Agnes M. Suter, age 78, a resident of Gibson City for 42 years, died at 3:40 a.m. Friday, 7-8-1994 at her home. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Rerverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetry, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where the rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Sunday. Pallbearers included Frank Gerber, Rodger Viesur, Russ Siela, Brad Suter, Steve Cameron and Michael Suter. Mrs. Suter was born 1-8-1916 near Gibson City a daughter of John and Suzanne Mooney Hudgens. She married Wallace T. Suter on 11-19-1934 at Lafayette, Indiana. He died 5-4-1991. Survivors include one daughter, Delores Ann Cameron of Leesburg, Fl; two sons, Sherman Suter of Mascotte, Fl. and Samuel Suter of Libertyville; two sisters, Monica Hayes of Washington DC and Patricia Starr of Burlington, Vermont; three brothers, Jack Hudgens of Bloomington; Kenneth Hudgens of Rockford and Harold Hudgens of AZ; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Suter was a 40-year resident of the Gibson City area before moving to Decatur. She had lived in Florida and White Heath before moving back to Gibson City two years ago. She and her husband had farmed until their retirement in 1972. Mrs. Suter was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City; the Friendly Circle Club and Social Country Club, both of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Carle Hospice Unit in Urbana or to her church.

WALLACE T. SUTER
Wallace T. Suter, age 76 of White Heath and formerly of Gibson City, died at 7:20 a.m. Saturday, 5-4-1991 at his winter home in Leesburg, Florida. His funeral was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Burke Motsett officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral Home. Pallbearers were Rodger Viesur, John Steinman, Russ Siela, Brad Suter, Steve Cameron and Jack Hudgens. He was born 8-17-1914 in Gibson City, a son of Aaron and Edna Little Suter. He married Agnes M. Hudgens on 11-19-1934 in Lafayette, Indiana and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Sherman of Mascotte, Florida and Samuel of Libertyville; one daughter, Delores Ann Cameron of Leesburg, Florida; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by one sister. Mr. Suter had been a 40-year resident of Gibson City, moved to Decatur and had been a resident of White Heath for the past eight years. He had wintered in Florida for many years. Retiring from farming in 1972, he was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church of Monticello. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Gibson City or an area hospice unit.

VERYL CLYDE SWAIM
The funeral of Veryl Clyde Swaim, one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Swaim, who died at the home of his parents Monday of scarlet fever, was held at the grave in Gibson City Cemetery, Gibson City, Tuesday morning in charge of the Rev. A.H. Flagge, pastor of the Methodist Church. b. 1931 d. January 1932

C. VICTOR SWANSON
C.V. Swanson, 92, of rural Paxton, a farmer and leader of many rural organizations died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday 4-29-1989 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton, where he had been a resident since September 1986. Funeral services were Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetry, Gibson City. Mr. Swanson was born 8-22-1896, in Varna, a son of Charles R. and Emma M. Magnuson Swanson. He married Agnes Faunk on 6-1-1918 in Paxton. She died 2-2-1984. Survivors include three sons, Charles Swanson of Ludlow, Lee Swanson of Decatur, and Bob Swanson of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Cheatham of Portland, Ore., and Alice Swanson of rural Paxton; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. Mr. Swanson attended schools in Gibson City, Paxton and the Maple Grove Rural School in Ludlow. He graduated from Salt Lake City Business College in Utah, and took several seminars through the University of Illinois agronomy department. Mr. Swanson had farmed in rural Paxton since 1917. He was a member and elder emeritus of Bethany Park Christian Church, Rantoul. He was a past president of Ludlow-Harwood Telephone Co., Soyland, the Rural Electrification Association APCRE Program and the Champaign County Farm Bureau. He was the first president and one of the founders of the Illini Electric Co-op in 1937, and worked for many years for the federal government in the Rationing and Agricultural Board. He was a founder of the Champaign County Soil Conservation District and the county's livestock association. He had served as a drainage commissioner, was a trustee of the Ludlow Cemetery Association and the Farmersville Cemetery Association, and was a member of the Pera Lodge 574 in Ludlow, the Mount Olivet Commandary of Paxton and the Yorkshire Masonic Bodies. In 1950, he worked on a program of school consolidation for the state of Illinois and was one of the founders of Production Credit and Country Mutual Insurance Co.

AGNES FUNK SWANSON
Agnes Swanson, 88, Route 1, Paxton, died at 3:25 a.m. Thursday 2-2-1983 at the Illinois Knights Templar Home, where she had been a resident since September 1983. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Clifton Garris of the Bethany Park Christian Church, Rantoul, officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Swanson was born 3-22-1895, in Ford County, a daughter of Nimrod B. and Saphronia Amm Funk. She married C. Victor Swanson 6-1-1918 in the First Lutheran Church of Paxton and he survives. Other survivors include three sons, Charles of Ludlow, Lee of Decatur and Bob of San Jose, Calif.; two daughters, Mary Cheatham of Portland, Ore.; and Alice Swanson of Paxton; eight grandchildren; and one sister, Minnie Clegg of Houston. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and one grandchild. Mrs. Swanson spent her entire life in the Ludlow and Paxton communities. She attended Ludlow Grade and High schools. She attended summer school at Eastern Illinois Univeristy, Charleston, and Roosevelt University, Chicago. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught at both the Maple Grove School in Ludlow and the Ludlow Grade School. She had also taught music for a number of years, was a member of the Bethany Park Christian Church, Rantoul, a charter member of the Ludlow Home Bureau and one of the founders of the Picketsville Club of rural Paxton. She was a former member of the Champaign County Rural Chorus and for a number of years she was one of the organists for the "Colliseum", located at the present site of the Farmers-Merchants Bank.

ROSE O. OERGEL SWANSON
Rose O. Swanson, 93, of Gibson City died at 6:45 a.m. yesterday 7-4-1988 at the Gibson Manor Nursing Home. A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City, the Rev. William Hecht officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. She was born 12-15-1894 in Toledo, Ohio, a daughter of Frank and Mary Chambers Oergel. She married Lawrence F. Swanson on 6-21-1927 in Chicago. He died 9-27-1971. Survivors include one son, Jean Swanson, Gibson City; one foster son, Fred Bass, Spencerville, MD; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two foster grandchildren. One brother and two foster grandchildren preceded her in death. Mrs. Swanson had been a resident of Gibson City since 1927. She and her husband owned and operated L.F. Swanson & Son Well and Pump Service in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

PEARLE A. NATTERSTAD SWANSTROM
Pearle A. Swanstrom, 92, of Gibson City died at 9:29 p.m. Wednesday 9-28-1988 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Born 8-31-1896, near Elliott, she was the daughter of James and Emily Hansen Natterstad. She married Elmer E. Swanstrom on 12-27-1922 in Paxton. He died 4-14-1966. She is survived by a son, Donald, Gibson City; a daughter, Cherie Herig, San Diego, Ca.; a sister, Edith Ryden, Peoria; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Swanstrom was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. She had been a Gibson City resident since 1932. She owned and operated Maple Rest Motel in Gibson City for 30 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

OLIVER SWATSLEY
Oliver Swatsley, died 4-11-1949. Services held at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City at 1:30 p.m. Burial Drummer Twp Cemetery. Born 5-28-1882, Benson, Il., son of George C. and Lovinia Swatsley. He had lived in Paxton Il. the last ten years. Survivors are a son, Haratio of Mt. Carmel; a daughter, Mrs. Odelia Wilson of Davenport, Iowa; two sisters, Mrs. W.A. Phillips and Mrs. Charles Pitcher both of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Elmer of Grafton, Wis. and a half-sister, Mrs. Wm. Otto of Alberta, Canada.



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