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Ford County, IL Obituaries

(all obituaries submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted)

Obituaries for these names are on this page, reading left to right, they're in this order:
Maurice Russell Anderson Charles Anderson Warren E. Albers
Agnes A. Adamson Irene E. Adamson Robert Adamson
Mrs. Elizabeth Adamson Belle Allen James Allen
Jimmy Allen    
Carrie Amm Gayle E. Anderson John Anderson
Russell Andris Paul Applegate James Ashmore
Beverly Anderson Donna M. Applegate Carl C. Applegate
Carroll A. Apperson Hazel F.Archibald Daniel H.Armstrong
Geraldine F. Arens Mary Etta Arnold Raymond R.Arnold
Gladys M. Arnold Carlton E. Ashby Mrs. Elizabeth Ashley
Clyde J. Ashley Rosalena A.Ashley Francis David Ashley
Beatrice Pauline Ashmore Madelon A. Asher Letha Atteberry
Laura A. Augspurger Edna W. Auterman Loren Ayresman
Ed Adkins Vicie Leona Adkins Viola D. Allison
Ruby M. Alexander Howard C. Alexander Harry A. Anderson
Lola Mae Anderson Waldo Anderson Sarah Olson Anderson
Bernadine E. Anderson Zula O. Anderson Josephine M. Andersen
Alice H.Acree Michael L. Acree Paul R. Adams
Yvette Adams Turner Adkins Laura Adkins
Michael E. Allen William R. Anderson Elmer C. Asher
Trent Daniel Arends Mildred Aileen Allen Gregory T. Arends
Wilma J. Andreae Mrs. Mary Anderson Timothy Anderson
Frankie Andrews (NEW)    


MAURICE RUSSELL ANDERSON Maurice Russell Anderson, 82, of Paxton, formerly of Rantoul, died at 2 a.m. Monday 4-7-2003 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. There will be no services. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery, Urbana. Renner-Wikoff Chapel, Urbana, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Anderson was born 11-7-1920 in Rantoul, a son of Ray and Lula Baker Anderson. He married Marie Rose Rippey 5-26-1950, in Urbana. She died 11-3-2000. Surviving are a son, Morry Ray Anderson of Saginaw, Texas; and two grandchildren. Mr. Anderson was a bookkeeper at Scott Harlow Shell/License Service in Urbana.

ANDERSON, CHARLES 'CHUCK' A. - 69, of 530 W. Center St., Paxton, died at 2:03 p.m. Saturday 1-4-2003 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was from 4 - 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Anderson was born 1-8-1933, in Paxton, a son of Olaf and Esther Boyer Anderson. He married Audrey Gritten in 1952 in Rantoul. He later married Jean Burklund 7-28-1979, in Paxton. Surviving are two sons, Newton (Rita) Anderson of Paxton and Bill (Laura) Anderson of Rantoul; one daughter, Samantha (Dale) Williams of Tuscola; one brother, Clifford Anderson of Lincoln; one sister, Karna Normile of Paxton; one stepson, Steve (Renae) Burklund of Paxton; one stepdaughter, Linda (Rex) Roy of Paxton; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Fox and Mary Ann Bennett; and one grandson, Ryan Anderson. Mr. Anderson had been employed by Anderson Farms for 43 years. He was a member of the Paxton Bowling Association Hall of Fame, was a past member of Lakeview County Club and the Rantoul Moose Lodge. He enjoyed bowling and golf and looking for arrowheads. Memorials may be made to Paxton Church of Christ or an organization of the donor's choice. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ALBERS, WARREN - Melvin: Warren E. Albers, 77, of rural Melvin, died at 12:30 pm. Saturday 1-4-2003 at his home. A chapel service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Skyline Memorial Park, Monee. The Rev. David Bogda officiated. There was no local visitation. Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, handled arrangements. Mr. Albers was born 3-21-1925 at Monee, the son of George and Clara Ruhbeck Albers. He married Irene Hoger 2-19-1949 at Tinley Park. She survives. Also surviving are four nieces and six nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. Mr. Albers attended Green Garden Twp county schools, Monee. He and his wife moved to rural Melvin in 1973, where he farmed and also did trucking. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin, a former Wall Twp trustee and a former member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ADAMSON, AGNES - Mrs. (Robert) Agnes A. Adamson of 422 S. Taft Street passed away Friday 4-10-1953 at 7:20 pm. at the family home. She had been ill for the past year. Funeral services for the 77-year-old Paxton woman were held Monday at 2:30 p.m. from the Brown funeral home with the Rev. Marshall Williams of Wayland, Mich. officiating. The Reverend Williams is a former pastor of the Paxton Westminster Bible Church. Interment followed the service in Glen Cemetery. Pallbearers were Russell Porter, Kernon Watts, George Tibbey, A. Carlson, Doc I. Jones and Cecil Curtis. Mrs. Adamson, a resident of Paxton since 1913 was known as a lovable Christian woman and will be genuinely missed by her many friends in the community. Agnes Aurella Russell was born on 8-15-1875 at Chicago, the daughter of Adam and Mary Agnes Roach Russell. Her childhood was spent in Chicago where she attended public schools. The deceased was joined in marriage with Robert Adamson on 12-25-1901 at Chicago. The couple lived in Michigan before moving to Paxton in 1913. Mrs. Adamson was a member of the Westminster Bible Church. Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister, Marian Russell, and two brothers, Robert Russell and Frank Russell. Surviving relatives in addition to her husband, include three daughters, Irene of Paxton; Mrs. W.A. (Dorothy) Marbaugh of Wheaton and Ruth of Decatur; three grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Irene Hersheman of Houston, TX and Mrs. F.L. Alman of Austin TX. [PAXTON RECORD, 4-10-1953, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ADAMSON, MISS IRENE E. - 90, of 646 E. Pells, Paxton, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday 1-10-1993 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton, where she had been a resident three weeks. She had been in failing helath three years. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with Rev. Donald W. Rackley and Rev. Marshall Williams officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, and visitation will be Tuesday from 4 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Miss Adamson was born 12-22-1902, at Mattawan, Michigan, the daughter of Robert and Agnes Russell Adamson. Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Marbaugh, Hendersonville, NC, Ruth Potter, Canton, three nieces, Marty Marbaugh, a missionary in Niger, Africa, Ruth Marbaugh, Phoenix, AZ and Martha Scott, Hendersonville. Miss Adamson attended primary grades in Colon, Mich., and graduated from Paxton High School in 1923. She was employed by A.J. Laurence and sons of Paxton for 38 years. She also had been employed by Jos. Kuhn and Co. Champaign for 10 years. Miss Adamson was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Paxton, and the Women's Missionary of the church, and at one time had taught Sunday school. Memorials may be made to her church or the mission of your choice. [Paxton Record, Monday, 1-11-1993, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ADAMSON, ROBERT - passed away at his home near Roberts, Il, Monday 6-30-1919, after an illness of a long duration. He was aged 90 years, 10 mos. and 79 days. The funeral occurred on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Roberts Congregational Church. Rev. Carl Glover officiating. The deceased was the father of Mrs. Aaron Kenward of Paxton and he was an honored and respected citizen of that community who will be greatly missed. [Paxton Record, 7-13-1919, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ADAMSON, MRS. ELIZABETH (WILLIS) - passed away on Wednesday night 3-12-1924 at her home between Roberts and Thawville at 9:30 o'clock at the age of 78 years and 10 mos. The deceased was one of the early pioneer citizens of this community and was a good Christian woman loved by all. Her husband died in 1919, and left to mourn her loss besides the large number of warm friends are the children, Mrs. Aaron Kenward, of Fargo, ND., Joseph Adamson, of Thawville and William Adamson who resides on the home place. Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, Rev. Abbott, of Thawville, officiating. Burial occured at Lyman cemetery. [Paxton Record, 3-20-1924, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Allen, Belle .... "Mrs. Belle Allen Dies Tuesday; Funeral Today"
"Mrs. Belle Allen, 90, died at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, October 28, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Donald Peterson, near Ashkum. She had been ill for some time and her condition critical for several weeks.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Reilly Funeral Home in Piper City conducted by the Rev. Malcolm B. Sylvester. Burial is in Brenton Cemetery.
She was born April 6, 1862, at Platteville, Ill, a daughter of John and Drusilla Linn, and later moved with the family to Piper City. She was married to Heber Allen, whose death occurred in 1907. A daughter, Mrs. Nelle McClain also preceded her in death.
Surviving are her granddaughter, with whom she resided the past few years, two great grandchildren, Barbara and Jim Peterson and two sisters, Mrs. H. AS. Davis and Mrs. B. B. Switzer, both of Piper City.
Mrs. Allen was a member of the Presbyterian Church here and active in its work and attendance as long as her health permitted. [Unknown newspaper, probably Piper City Journal - submitted by Jan Dishon]

Allen, James ....Died in Ford County, while on a visit October 26, 1882, James Allen of Cottage Hill, age 72 years. Mr. Allen was a resident of Putnam County since 1846 coming from Pennsylvania. A few weeks ago, Mr. and Mrs. Allen went to Ford County to visit their children. While there, the grim messenger came. His death was quite sudden, coming while sitting in a chair. The remains were deposited in the Florid Cemetery on Saturday, the services being held at the church in Florid, conducted by Reverend J.W. Denning. Putnam Record, November 2, 1882, Hennepin, IL [Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Allen, Jimmy - of Cottage Hill died at his son-in-laws, Joshua Umbarger in Ford County on October 26, age near 73 years. He was buried in the Florid cemetery last Saturday. November 3, 1882, Putnam Record, Hennepin, IL [Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Amm, Carrie - July 4 - On Monday afternoon [1 July 1895] of this week occurred the death of Mrs. Carrie Amm, wife of Leo Amm of Ludlow. The funeral service took place Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church conducted by Eld. J. P. Lichtenberger of this city. Mrs. Amm was born in Knox County Illinois. Her father, John Murdock, moved with his family to his farm 9 miles southeast of Paxton when she was quite young. Here she spent her life until 2 years ago February 22d when she was married to Leo Amm. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, father and mother, 5 sisters and 3 brothers. Interment took place at Blackford cemetery. 4 July 1895, Paxton Record [contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

GAYLE E. ANDERSON
5-31-1939 TO 1-23-2001
Services: Friday, January 26, 2001 11:00 a.m.
American Lutheran Church
Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Wayne Shelksohn
Organist: Julie Nettleton
Soloist: Tom Fairchild
Burial: Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, Il.
Honorary Paulbearers:
Howard Rutledge
Reuben Shilts
Harry Groom
Aldo Celeschi
Junior Mohart
Ed Clore
Active Pallbearers
John Schertz
Todd Baillie
Bill Green
Dale McPhearson
Dave Punke
Bill Smith
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Anderson, John - Laid to Rest. It is with sadness that we chronicle the death of John Anderson which occurred at his home Thursday morning February 10 at the age of 81 yrs 3 mos 20 dys. The late deceased has been confined in the house on his farm near Ludlow Township ever since the latter part of July at which time he became completely blind, being deprived of sight until his death. His suffering was great 2 weeks previous to his death. He was attended during his illness by his pastor Rev Johnson & received from him the last rites of the Lutheran church, of which he was a worthy member. On Sunday morning at the residence the remains of the deceased were viewed by the surrounding relatives & friends & after a last farewell were carried to the hearse by the following pall bearers: C. F. Carlson, O. Nelson, C. Johnson, John Skog, C. A. Ostrom, and C. Parker. At 11:30 the church was filled with the friends of the deceased. The casket lay in the accustomed place & over it were many beautiful floral offerings contributed by relatives & friends. After the singing of hymns Rev Johnson who had charge of the services, spoke in the Swedish and English languages of the upright life of the deceased. The services were brief and impressive. "God Be With You Till We Meet Again" and "Nearer My God To Thee" were rendered in a beautiful manner by the Lindahl's quartette. The remains were interred in Farmersville cemetery where a large assemblage of friends had congregated to pay their last tribute of earthly respect to the memory of a man well known & highly esteemed. Those who attended the funeral from abroad were Mr & Mrs Henry Godey and children Willie & Laura of Chicago. Mrs. Godey is a daughter of the deceased. The grandchildren, Mrs. E. F. Johnson & Florence Stillman, of Paxton, also attended.
The deceased was born in Sweden October 20, 1816. He was married in 1842 to Anna B. Pearson. In 1854 he came to this country and for the past 33 years has lived on his farm in Ludlow township. His wife died in 1881. He was the father of 6 children, 4 of whom are living. Gibson Courier newspaper, 18 Feb 1898 [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

ANDRIS, RUSSELL - age 89 of Gibson City died at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, 2-5-2002 at his home in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb 8 at the Gibson City Bible Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Paul Thomason officiating. Burial was in Bellflower Twp Cemetery, in Bellflower. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Feb 7 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services on Friday at the church. Pallbearers were Matthew Andris, Nathan Andris, David Andris, Derek Diemer, Philip Andris, Jason Andris, Ryan Andris and Daniel Diemer.
Mr. Andris was born 5-11-1912 at Bellflower a son of Joseph and Emma Hay Andris. He married Zovelda Mae Goodrich on 2-9-1946 at Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Zovelda Andris of Gibson City; three sons, Joseph Andris of Gibson City, Darrell (Mary Ellen) Andris of Normal and Marvin (Linda) Andris of Milford; two daughters, Carol (Donald) Dorward of Washington and Janet (Norman) Diemer of Groveland; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Nathan, David, Philip, Jason and Ryan Andris, Derek, Daniel and Melissa Diemer and two step-grandsons, Dr. James Dorward and Dr. David Dorward. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Andris and Marie Giertz; two brothers, Wilson Andris and Milo Andris and granddaughter Stephanie Diemer.
Mr. Andris graduated from Bellflower High School in 1930. He moved to rural Saybrook as a young man in the spring of 1934. he engaged in farming until his retirement in 1978 when he moved to Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

APPLEGATE, PAUL - The death of a 54-year-old electrician who fell at Kraft Foods Ingredients, March 28, 1994, was ruled accidental. Paul D. Applegate of 43 Shemauger Trail, Champaign, was pronounced dead at 9:34 p.m. that night at Carle Foundation Hospital. An autopsy showed the cause of death to be head injuries, according to Deputy Coroner Roger Swaney. "News Gazette, March 1994" [**typists note: Paul graduated from Gibson City High School, about 1957.] [[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].]

Ashmore, James - South Dix.... died at his home at 2:00 Wednesday morning, February 24, of pleurisy. Mr. Ashmore was one of the most worthy members of our community, known as a laboring man and while his persistent manly labor had not brought him that amount of this world's goods that his best friends could have wished, yet his amiable disposition and his energetic and persevering efforts to supply his large family of little children and keep them at the district school, won for him the fervent friendship of all who knew him. The writer has been present at many deathbed scenes but never saw a more touching and unbearable grief and sorrow exhibited by anyone in going through the trying ordeal of final separation in the chamber of death than was felt by Mrs. Ashmore when called to give up the fond and indulgent husband that he had always been and to assume alone the weighty responsibility of caring for the 6 orphaned children that He who knows the heart and provides a way, has given them. To her it seemed almost unbearable and we all know and deplore her situation. But friends of her and her husband are both numerous and generous and will undoubtedly lend her a helping hand. Mr. Ashmore became a member of Harmony M. E. church in 1881, and has since lived a pious Christina life. The funeral ceremonies were held on Thursday and the remains laid to rest in Wagoner cemetery. Gibson Courier, Friday Feb 26, 1892 [contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

BEVERLY A. ANDERSON

Beverly (Rutledge) Anderson, 38, lifelong resident of the Elliott - Gibson City area, died at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday 2-21-1979 at her home of an apparent heart attack. Robert Boyce, Ford County coroner, conducted an inquiry. Mrs. Anderson's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist and the Rev. James Bortell officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitaiton will be from 6 - 9 tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. , with Elliott Amvet Auxiliary rites at 9 p.m. She was born 3-11-1940, near Gibson City, a daughter of Glenn and Irene Barnes Rutledge. She married John E. Anderson 3-11-1957 at Elliott. He survives Also surviving are two daughters, Amy and Jodi, both at home; a son, Steven, at home; her parents, Gibson City; two sisters, Maruine Ogle, Paxton and Ruby Bennett, Gibson City; and three brothers, Harold and Charles Rutledge, both of Gibson City, and Howard Rutledge, Elliott. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Anderson was a member of Elliott United Methodist Church, Elliott Amvets Auxiliary and Gibson City OES. Memorials may be made to the Amvets Memorial Fund or to the Shriners' Crippled Children's Hospital.


APPLEGATE, DONNA M. JOHNSON - age 61 of Sibley died at 5:54 a.m. Thursday, 4-13-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15 at Sibley United Methodist Church with the Reverend Ed Boussaard officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. April 14 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Pallbearers were Don Stein, Don Applegate, Gilbert Abraham, Carl Applegate, Jr., Robert Walsh, and John Schneider. Mrs. Applegate was born 1-15-1939 at Fairbury a daughter of Willis E. and Dora B. Smith Johnson. She married Robert G. Applegate on 8-2-1959 at Fairbury. He preceded her in death on 11-18-1992. Survivors include one son, Timothy Robert Applegate of Sibley; three daughters, Tina (Mark) Yoder of Strawn, Teresa Applegate and Jennifer Applegate of Sibley; one grandson, Robert Yoder; her mother, Dora Johnson of Fairbury; and two brothers, Maurice Johnson of Forrest and Merle Johnson of Paris. She was preceded in death by her father, one sister, and two brothers. Mrs. Applegate worked as a nurses aide at the Fairbury Hospital, the Gibson Area Hospital Annex and the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Mrs. Applegate was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Sibley. Memorials can be made to Sibley United Methodist Church or to the American Heart Association.

APPLEGATE, CARL C. - 90, of Gibson City, formerly of Sibley, died at 6:20 a.m. Friday 8-27-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Carl Applegatre, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday and for one hour before the service Monday both at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sibley Methodist Church; Heritage Manor Nursing Home; or Gibson Community Hospice Program. Mr. Applegate was born 11-20-1908, in Champaign County, a son of Clarence and Carrie Belle Meadows Applegate. He married Dorothy Pauline Isaac on 10-17-1931 at Paxton. She survivies. Other survivors include two sons, Carl (Doris) Applegate Jr.; Paris, Tenn.; and Donald R. (Betty) Applegate, Flanagan; two daughters, Clara (Gilbert) Abrams, Franklin, NC, and Norma (Donald) Stein, Laomi; 14 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. One son, one brother, three sisters and two grandchildren preceded him in death. Mr. Applegate was a farmer all his life, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Sibley Methodist Church.

APPERSON, CARROLL A. VOTAW 68, of Gibson City died at 12:34 p.m. Thursday 6-21-2001 at her home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, The Rev. Wayne Shelksohn and the Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Provena Hospice Program, the Gibson Area Hospital or the American Lutheran Church. She was born 8-14-1932 at Decatur, a daughter of Reed R. and Claudia M. Shunk Votaw. She married Robert C. Apperson on 8-15-1953 at Osman. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert Dean (Carla) Apperson, Bement; two daughters, Cathy (Howard Sr.) Monical and Tammy (Charles) Taylor both of Gibson City; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, four sisters and her parents. Mrs. Apperson attended American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. She had a great love for bowling, as was evident in her coaching of the youth bowling league, her induction into the Women's Bowling Hall of Fame in Gibson City and her participation in many National Bowling Tournaments. She also enjoyed camping and reading.

ARCHIBALD, Mrs. HAZEL F. STEPHENS 64, a life-long resident of Gibson City, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, 6-24-1976 at Gibson Community Hospital. The funeral was held Saturday, June 26 at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Jones officiating and burial in Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 1-9-1911 in Elliott, the daughter of William and Ida Jones Stephens. She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Jo Shields, Phoenix, AZ; a sister Mrs. Ila Powell, Los Angeles, Calif.; and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and before her retirement was employed as an operator for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society. Pallbearers were Dale Oneal, Cleve Oneal, Harry Ricks, Gale Ricks, W.M. Snead, and Harold Thomas.

ARMSTRONG, DANIEL H. - died Tuesday 2-25-1879, at the home of his father-in-law, Winston Meeks, at the age of 22 yr 7 mo 19 da. Born at Baldwin, Ononlagao Co., NY 7-6-1856. His mother died when he was one year old - age 7 years moved with his father to Oshkosh, Ohio. Age 17 years, he entered the study of law with C.H. Yeomans, Esq. Entered Wesleyan University and graduated with the class of 1877. In the fall of 1877, he was elected to County Superintendent of Schools. He leaves a young widow whom he married in April 1878.

ARENS, GERALDINE F. CLIMPSON - age 75, a lifelong resident of Gibson City, died at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, 10-13-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverends Patrick Cox and Wally Krech officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the services Saturday at the church. Pallbearers were Paul Obert, Ron Meiners, Ernest Brown, Bill Anderson, Gene Apland and Ted Arens. Mrs. Arens was born 10-29-1917 in Gibson City, a daughter of Charles and Minnie Ald Climpson. She married Harlan Arens on 5-7-1939 in Gibson City and he survivies. Other survivors include one son, David Arens of Wooster, Ohio, one daughter, Joni Daniels of Winfield; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother Harley Climpson of Williamsburg, VA; and one sister, Gladys Reynolds Piper City. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Arens was a member of the Gibson City Women's Club, the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Covenant Hospice Care Program, Urbana.

ARNOLD, MARY ETTA PETERS - 70, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Gibson City Hospital 12-21-1961 where she had been a patient more than a month. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. William Edwards officiating. Burial Drummer Twp Cemetery. Born 5-2-1891 in KY, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Peters. Married Sam Arnold, 9-24-1913 at Atlanta, KY. He preceded her in death. Surviving a son, Grant Arnold of East Alton; a daughter, Mrs. Irene Medler of Gibson City; a brother, Bill of Corbin, KY.,; a sister, Martha Parker of Coronet, Ky; 10 grandchildren. Preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.

ARNOLD, RAYMOND R. - age 80 of Gibson City died at 10:30 a.m. Friday 1-31-1997 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Colfax. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, February 3 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Rebecca Zelensky and the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Monday. Matthew Gilbert was a junior pallbearer. Pallbearers included Tim Smith, Chris Smith, Mike Shaver, Lyndal Arnold, Alan Wynn, and Delmar Case. Mr. Arnold was born 9-9-1916 at Olney a son of Lee G. and Dora E. Cutshall Arnold. He married Doris Gravat on 9-20-1937 at Covington Indiana. Surviving are his wife, Doris Arnold of Gibson City; two daughters, Jacqueline Curtis of Gibson City and Raylene Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Robin Shaver of Arthur; Timothy Smith and Christopher Smith both of Nashville, TN and Matthew Gilbert of Charlotte, NC; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Leona Ludwig of Danville and one brother Loval Arnold of Danville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Clovis, Virgil and Kenneth Arnold. Mr. Arnold lived in Gibson City for over 40 years and founded the Arnold Livestock Co. in Gibson City. He was in the livestock business in Danville, Shelbyville, Milford and Gibson City. He was also a grain elevator inspector for the State of Illinois. A member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, Mr. Arnold was a 50-year member of the Moose. He and his wife were glass blowers for 15 years. Memorials may be made to the family.

ARNOLD, GLADYS M. CONRAD - age 80, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area and a retired hospital employee, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday 10-24-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverends Patrick Cox and Wally Krech officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arranements. Mrs. Arnold was born 2-1-1913 at rural Gibson City, a daughter of Frank H. and Julia Strelluf Conrad. Survivors include one sister, Leona Borchers of Sibley; and one brother, R.Dean Conrad of Geneva, NY One sister and one brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Arnold formerly worked at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hopsital or to a charity of the donor's choice.

ASHBY, CARLTON E. - 84, of Universal City, Texas, formerly of Gibson City, an accountant, died 6-20-1991 at Universal City. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City has charge of arrangements. Mr. Ashby was born 5-30-1907 at Gibson City, a son of Robert Carlton and Blanche Ethel Leonard Ashby. He married Gladys Bishop 3-13-1929. In 1935 he married Anne Ellen Cogley, who preceded him in death. He married Dorothy Nystrom in 1957. She survives in Universal City. Other survivors include three sons, Carlton E. Ashby Jr. Pontiac, Mich.; Richard Carlton Ashby, California; and Robert Charles Ashby, Las Vegas, Nev.; two daughters, Beverly Jean Hinchcliffe, Pontiac, Mich., and Marilyn Anne McNamara, Charlotte, NC; one brother, John Leonard Ashby, Jonesville, Mich.; a stepson, Bruce Nystrom, Universal City, Texas; a stepdaughter, Carol Butler, Universal City, Texas; and 15 grandchildren. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Ashby attended Cleary College at Ypsilanti, Mich. He was an accountant and a member of the Illinois Accountants Association and the Texas Association of Public Accountants. Mr. Ashby also was a member of the Methodist Church and Kiwanis Club at Universal City, Texas.

ASHLEY, Mrs. ELIZABETH NIERSTHEIMER - 64, died at 3:58 p.m. Wednesday March 1945 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington. She was taken there Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Wayne Dietrick of Sibley officiating. Burial in Gibson City cemetery. She was born 8-17-1881 in McLean County, the daughter of Phillip and Mary Nierstheimer. She married Leon E. Ashley in Sibley on 2-11-1904. They made their home on a farm near Gibson City. Surviving are her husband, her mother, one daughter, Mrs. Cora Glascock, Gibson City; two sons, Francis Ashley of Miami, FL. and Clyde Ashley of Sibley Il; seven grandchildren; four brothers; Fred Nierestheimer of Gibson City; Herman Nierstheimer of Dutton, Montana and Phillip and Adolph Nierstsheimer both of Lewiston, Montana.

ASHLEY, Clyde - The funeral of CLYDE J. ASHLEY, age 87 of rural Anchor, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. The Reverend Melvin C. Blobaum will officiate with burial to be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the service Friday at the church. Mr. Ashley died Friday, 1-1-1993 at his daughter's home in Agoura Hills, Ca. He was born 2-28-1905 in Sibley a son of Leon and Elizabeth Nierstheimer Ashley. He married Rosalena Beecher on 6-6-1929 in Anchor. She died 12-23-1985. Survivors include two sons, Norman of Sibley and Wesley of Gibson City; one daughter, Sherilyn Bathgate of Agoura Hills, Ca; one brother, Francis of Miami, FL; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson and one sister. He graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1925 and farmed in the Sibley-Anchor area. Mr. Ashley served as Sunday school superintendent at St. John's Lutheran Church and was on the church board as secretary-treasurer and president. He was a member of the Ashley County School Board for six years. He was a leader of the Burr Oak 4-H Club for 15 years. He also helped organize the S.W. Sullivant Twp Soil Conservation district. Mr. Ashley was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau Board for 10 years and served on the Gibson Community Hospital Board for 20 years. Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record, Monday, 11-4-1993, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ASHLEY, ROSALENA A. BEECHER - 81, of Gibson City, and formerly of Anchor, died at 4:20 a.m. Monday 12-23-1985 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had lived for 10 years. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, with the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and after 9 a.m. Friday at the Church. Mrs. Ashley was born 11-4-1904, at Anchor Twp, a daughter of William and Henrietta Simpsen Beecher. She married Clyde J. Ashley on 6-6-1929 at Anchor. He survives. Also surviving are two sons, Norman Ashley of Sibley and Wesley Ashley of Gibson City; a daughter, Sherilyn Bathgate of Agoura Hills, Calif.; a sister, Florence Painter of Anchor; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Ashley was a graduate of the Sherwood School of Music, Chicago, and a graduate of the Brown Business College of Bloomington. She taught music in the Anchor, Sibley and Gibson City areas for many years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school and served as church organist for many years. She was a past president of the Dorcas Society of the church. Mrs. Ashley was also a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Gibson City Women's Club,. She was former chairman of the Sibley Parents and Teachers Association and served on the Ford County PTA Board. She was a former secretary of the District 6 PTA and former member of Burr Oak Home Bureau. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

ASHLEY, FRANCIS DAVID - 88, of Miami, Fla, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday 11-18-1997 at his home in Miami. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There will be no public visitation. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 6605 N. Kendall, Miami, Fla. 33156. Mr. Ashley was born 6-1-1909 at Sibley, a son of Leon and Elizabeth Nierstheimer Ashley. He married Kathryn Sauter 11-7-1940 at Clinton, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ronald (Vivian) Ashley, Miami, Fla., and Richard (Mary) Ashley, Philadelphia, PA. Also surviving is one granddaughter, Andrea Ashley, Philadelphia. He was preceded in death by one sister, Cora Glascock, and one brother Clyde Ashley. Mr. Ashley was a member of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Miami. He grew up on a farm in Sibley. In 1928, he started his flying career at Marshall, Mo. He bought a Waco airplane and on weekends he took people up out of the cornfields for $1 a ride. He also gave flying lessons to students in Champaign. In 1838, he was at the Lewis School for Aeronautics at Lockport, teaching Army lieutenants aerobatics to prepare them for WWII. In 1941, he went to work as a pilot for Eastern Airlines. He retired in 1969. Since then, he and his wife had been spending their summers at the Ashley farm in Saybrook. They had lived in Miami since 1956.

ASHMORE, BEATRICE PAULINE VANBLARACUM - age 83, of Gibson City died at 4:47 p.m. Thursday, 10-22-1998 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, 10-25 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour prior to the services at the church on Sunday. Pallbearers included Allison Hickey, Chris Ashmore, Jay Ashmore, Shelbie Ashmore Rottman, Ben Osman, Aaron Osman, and Sarah Osman. Mrs. Ashmore was born 12-19-1914 at Nobel a daughter of Arthur and Hattie Brooks VanBlaracum. She married Vernon T. Ashmore on 8-25-1934 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 4-7-1967. Survivors include two sons, Dale (Carla) Ashmore of Lake of the Ozarks and Gary (Terri) Ashmore of Gibson City; one daughter, Vickie (Jim) Osman of Bethany; seven grandchildren, Allison Hickey, Chris Ashmore, Jay Ashmore, Shelbie Rottman, Ben Osman, Aaron Osman, and Sarah Osman; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Opal Jordan of Vancouver, Washington and Bette Lain of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. Mrs. Ashmore was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, the Wantwood Club in Gibson City, the Christian Women's Club and the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. She was also active in 4-H. Employed as an LPN at the Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City for many years, Mrs. Ashmore lived in Gibson City for most of her life. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Gibson City, the Gibson Area Hospital Annex or to an organization of the donor's choice.

ASHER, MADELON A. ROBERTS - age 82 of Gibson City died at 7 p.m. Friday, 4-21-2000 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Private graveside service was April 24 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Asher was born 1-28-1918 at Abington, a daughter of Dale and Beulah Horr Roberts. She married Lt. Elmer C. Asher on 6-6-1942 at Washington DC. Survivors include her husband, Elmer C. Asher of Gibson City, one son, Gary Asher of Byron; one daughter, Sharon Chace of St. Paul, MN; one step-granddaughter, Kim Asher of Byron; two brothers, Evan Roberts of Peotone and Richard Roberts of Gilman; and one sister, Rowena Dalziel of Dwight. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Asher graduated from Gardner South Wilmington Township High School in 1936. She attended Illinois State University at Normal and the Gallagher School of Business in Kankakee. She worked for the Civil Aeronautics Adm. in Washington, DC until she married. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

ATTEBERRY, Letha - The funeral of LETHA A. WILL ATTEBERRY, age 86 of Pontiac was held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Atteberry died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday 7-24-1991 at Carle Arbours Nursing Home, Savoy. She was born 6-15-1905 at Dayton, Ohio a daughter of Henry and Bessie Anna Breese Will. She married James M. Dalton on 5-30-1927. He died 5-31-1961. She married Lyle Atteberry in 1975. He died in 1986. Surviivng are one son, James F. Dalton of Chicago; two daughters, Dolores Kranz of DeKalb and Dawn Dalton Elkin of Champaign; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. A former resident of Diamond Lake, Mrs. Atteberry lived in Pontiac the last 16 years. Memorials may be made to the Champaign Hospice Unit.

AUGSPURGER, LAURA A. STOLZ 80, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area, died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 6-27-1982 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating, with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Stolz, John Young, Warren Walters, Tom Bennett, Vernon Roesch, and Marlow Augspurger. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Crossman and Andrew Sommer. Mrs. Augspurger was born 4-1-1902 at Garber, a daughter of William and Lydia Garber Stolz. She married Dwight E. Augspurger 8-6-1936 at Gibson City. He died 3-5-1978. Surviving are a daughter, Idabelle Wahls of Gibson City; two grandsons; a brother, George Stolz, Gibson City; and two sisters, Dorothy Shellman of Gibson City and Mary Francis Bonnen, Oklahoma City OK. Four sisters and a granddaughter preceded her in death. Mrs. Augspurger was a member of Gibson City First Presbyterian Church and Rebekah Lodge. Memorials may be made to Gibson Manor Nursing home or the church.

AUTERMAN, EDNA W. BOLDT - age 90, a resident of Jupiter Convalescence Pavilion, Jupiter, Florida and formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday 4-7-1990 at the Pavilion. Her funeral will be conducted Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home Gibson City and will be held for one hour before the funeral Wednesday at the church. Pallbearers include Dan Auterman, Jim Mueller, Tom O'Neill, Robert Bell, William Gandy and Eugene Gardner. She was born 1-5-1900 in Union Grove, WI, a daughter of John and Amelia Schmidt Boldt. She married Theodore J. Auterman on 11-24-1925 in Milwaukee, Wi. He died 2-12-1979. Surviving are one son, William "Bud" Auterman of Champaign; two daughters, Olive Graham, Colmbia, Mo. and Arlene Reynolds of Tequesta, FL; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

EDNA W. AUTERMAN
1-5-1900 to 4-7-1990
Services: Wednesday, April 11, 1990 2:00 p.m.
American Lutheran Church
Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: Rev. Dane Meuschke
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Pallbearers:
Dan Auterman
Jim Mueller
Tom O'Neill
Eugene Gardner
William Gandy
Robert Bell
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].


AYRESMAN, LOREN - KILLED ON WABASH...Gibson Man Firing Locomotive Meets Death in Chicago Yards. In a blinding cloud of white steam vapor, Loren Ayresman, a stalward young man of Gibson City, went down to his death in a Chicago railroad yard last Saturday morning. Mr. Ayresman was just completing his run as extra fireman on Passenger No 18 on the Wabash Railroad. He had passed through Gibson City Saturday morning at 4:31 o'clock. Shortly after eight o'clock his train was held by the signal at Sixteenth Street in Chicago, a few blocks from the terminal Station, on account of traffic in the yards. During the pause Loren turned on the injector to fill the locomotive boiler. When he shut it off, the valve stuck, and a cloud of steam escaped from the side of the engine. When the young man stepped down to look over the trouble he stepped onto an ajoining track. In the white vapor an approaching locomotive could not be seen, and the noise of trains surrounding prevented notice of it. The unfortunate young fireman was run down by the train and instantly killed. A coroner's inquest, held at two o'clock in the afternoon, found these facts to be in accordance and absolved the crew from blame. The remains were brought to Gibson City on Monday evening and the funeral was held at the Methodist church at three o'clock Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. J.L. Settles. Members of the Modern Woodmen Lodge attended in full body including the uniformed team. At the request of relatives, the body was given a Woodmen Lodge receiving, an impressive funeral ritual. Loren Vernon Ayresman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Ayresman of this city, was born in Gibson City 3-7-1891 and died in Chicago 10-6-1917, at the age of 26 years, 6 mos and 29 days. He grew to manhood in this vicinity, and was married 2-12-1913 to Miss Helen VanSchoyock of Gibson City. As a result of their union, three children were born as follows: Chalmer, Thelma and Juanita, all of whom are living. For some time after their wedding, they lived on a farm near Derby, moving to this city about a year and a half ago. Mr Ayresman worked for some months in the Rick Brothers garage and about six weeks ago began work for the Wabash Railroad as extra fireman, hoping soon to receive a regular run. The tragedy of last Saturday ended this young life before it's time and brought abounding sorrow to his wife and family. Loren was baptized a Christian and was affiliated with the Methodist Church. He was a member of the men's Bible class and Methodist Sunday School and has for some years been a member of the MW of A in which he carried life insurance. Besides his wife and children he is survived by his parents and two brothers and one sister as follows: Clarence of Terry, Montana; Ernest M. and Mrs. Henry Wilken, both of Gibson City. Three brothers; Louie F.; W. Blaine; and Sollie preceded him to the great beyond. With love, from your grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. You have not been forgotten.

ADKINS, Ed - The funeral of ED ADKINS, 80, who died Monday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.M. Luedde and the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation began at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He was born 7-2-1888, in Elliott County, Ky., a son of James and Jane Clevenger Adkins. He married Vicie Ball 10-15-1913, in Bloomington. He had lived in Gibson City area for 60 years and retired from farming in 1947. Surviving are his wife; a son, Lawrence Adkins, Minneapolis, Minn.; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert, Cleveland, Ohio. Six sisters and five brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Christian Church. Pallbearers will be Chris Crowe, Kenneth Kemple, Joe Suter, Elmer Asher, Lawrence Gordon and Russell Martin.

ADKINS, VICIE LEONA BALL - 79, who had been visiting with her son, Lawrence, Minneapolis, Minn., died 12-12-1969. She was brought to the Lamb Funeral Home where her funeral was held Wednesday. Burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Surviving are the son; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Cooper, Mrs. Bertha Cooksey, Ashland, KY.; Mrs. Lillie McCloud, Mexico Mo.; two brothers, John Ball, Ashland, Ky.; Cam Ball, Ironton, Ohio. Her husband, Ed died March 1969. She was a member of First Christian Church, Gibson City. b. 3-10-1890 in CarterCo., KY d. 12-12-1969 stone: share w/Ed Adkins, her husband.

ALLISON, VIOLA D. DUERINGER - 85, a five year resident of Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, 8-25-1988 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mittendorf-Calvert-Morgan Funeral Home, Champaign with Rev. Steven Shoemaker officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation is from 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. She was born 7-8-1903, in Roberts, a daughter of Oscar and Mary Steinman Dueringer. She married Carl W. Allison, on 9-17-1949, in Champaign. He died 3-31-1950. Mrs. Allison graduated from Roberts High School in 1921. She received a bachelor's degree from Il. Wesleyan University in 1925 and a master's degree from the University of Il. in 1943. She taught school in Trenton, Rochelle, Polo, Urbana and Gibson City. She retired in 1963. She was a member of Church Women United, McKinley Foundation Presbyterian Church, Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Ford Co. Farm Bureau and the local state and national Retired Teachers associations. Memorials may be made to Church Women United or McKinley Foundation Presbyterian Church, Champaign.

ALEXANDER, RUBY M. BURNS - age 87 of Gibson City died at 11:22 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2001 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, November 12, at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was 1 - 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Alexander was born 3-25-1914 at Saybrook a daughter of Don B. and Leona Ruth Curtis Burns. She married Howard C. Alexander on 12-17-1935 at Dixon. He preceded her in death on 8-2-2000. Survivors include one niece and one great-niece. She was preceded in death by one brother. Mrs. Alexander was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City. She graduated form St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1936. She worked at the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home in Normal. Mrs. Alexander lived in Gibson City for the past 20 years, formerly living in Normal. After retirement, she and her husband operated an antique shop in Normal and Farmer City. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson Area Hospital Annex or to the First Christian Church in Gibson City.

ALEXANDER, HOWARD C. "MIKE" - 89, of Gibson City, formerly of Normal, died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday 8-2-2000 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. His funeral, including a Masonic service, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital or to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex. He was born 12-26-1910, in Fairbury, a son of Howard L. and Mary M. Carter Alexander. He married Ruby May Burns on 12-17-1935 at Dixon. She survives. Other survivors include one brother, William Alexander, Arlington Heights; and one sister, Mary Ann Andrews, Mesa AZ. Several nieces and nephews also survive. His parents, and one sister preceded him in death. He was a member of the First Christian Chruch in Gibson City, the Bloomington Masonic Lodge 43 AF & AM, the Shriners Consistory in Bloomington, and the Bakers and Confectionary Union. Mr. Alexander lived in Gibson City for the past 20 years. He was a baker for Sunbeam Bakery in Bloomington for 30 years, retiring 4-5-1962.

ANDERSON, HARRY A. - 70, former Gibson City police chief, died at 6:03 a.m. yesterday, 6-15-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be an hour before services Sunday at the funeral home. He was born 10-3-1913 at Sibley, Il. the son of Andrew and Anna Robinson Anderson. He married Lillian O'Neal 8-21-1938 in Indiana. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sharon Yates, Gibson City; two brothers, John, Vacaville, Ca., Clarence of Peoria, Il.; three sisters, Mildred Langhoff of Mentor, Oh.; Dorothy Beckstead of Murray, Utah; and Mary Bedel of Gibson City; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two sisters. Mr. Anderson retired in 1973 after three years as chief of police. He was a member of the First Christian Church.

ANDERSON, LOLA MAE SWATSLEY - 75, of Springfield, Il. formerly of Gibson City, a retired secretary, died at 12:30 a.m. yesterday 6-3-1986, at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, the Rev. Howard Milkman officiating. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bisch Memorial Home, Springfield. Mrs. Anderson was born 1-29-1911, Gibson City, a daughter of William and Sarah Fitzhenry Swatsley. She married John Duncan Anderson, who preceded her in death 5-21-1957. Survivors include one brother, William Swatsley of Texas; one sister, Hazel Gandy of Gibson City; and a stepdaughter, Beverly Reid of Arcadia, Ca. Mrs. Anderson was employed for 37 years as secretary in the Internal Revenue Service. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, the Internal Revenue Service Employees Association and Abeba Temple, Daughers of the Nile.

ANDERSON, Waldo - The funeral for WALDO ANDERSON, 72, Gibson City, who died Sunday, 8-4-1985 will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation from 6 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Anderson was born 6-22-1913 in Gibson City, the son of Elmira D. Anderson Smith. Survivors include several cousins.

WALDO ANDERSON
6-22-1913 to 8-4-1985
Services: Wednesday, August 7, 1985
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating; Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce
Burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Roger Main
Jason Main
Dean Main
Charles Bidwell
Robert Peeken
Rex Troyer
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


ANDERSON, SARAH OLSON - Gibson City's oldest resident and nonagenarian, died at the home of her son, Nels Anderson, on North State St. She came to this country in 1879 and married in 1840 to Andrew O. Anderson, and he preceded her in death in 1899. Survived by two sons: Nels Anderson of Gibson City; Carl Anderson of the State of SD; and a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Smith of Saunemin, Il. Six children preceded her in death. Also survived by 27 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. b. 7-5-1820 Skone, Sweden d. 1912 91 yrs 7 mo 1 da m. 1840 to Andrew O. Anderson

ANDERSON, BERNADINE E. PLUE - 86, of Gibson City died at 11:32 a.m. Thursday 12-8-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be a 1 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 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with an 8 p.m. service by the Order of Eastern Star Mrs. Anderson was born 1-8-1908, at Bloomington, a daughter of Elmer and Etta Alexander Plue. She married Derald Anderson 9-28-1930 at Carlinville. He died 5-12-1974. Survivors include one cousin, Dorothy Mock, Bloomington; and three nephews, Michael Deerwester and John Mock, both of Bloomington and Randall Deerwester, Foosland. Mrs. Anderson lived in the Gibson City area since 1933. She was a member of First Christian Church in Gibson City; Order of the Eastern Star, Drummer Chapter 822; and Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the church.

ANDERSON, Zula - The funeral of ZULA O. WALKER ANDERSON, 86, Gibson City will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall K. Perry will officiate, with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Anderson died at 5:55 a.m. Sunday 2-12-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital. She was born 1-6-1903 in Martinsville, a daughter of William and LuEva Rodgers Walker. She married Lester R. Anderson on 8-19-1925 in Momence. He died 1-4-1973. Survivors include a brother, Glenn Walker, Gibson City. two brothers and six sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Anderson was a resident of the Gibson City area most of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City, to which memorials may be made.

ANDERSEN, Josephine - The funeral for JOSEPHINE M. GILMORE ANDERSEN, 90, of Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City., the Rev. Kathleen Edmisson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. She died at 8:38 a.m. Monday 3-16-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Gibson Community Hospital. Mrs. Andersen was born 7-30-1907, at Gibson City, a daughter of Craig M., and Ida C. Onken Gilmore. She married Fred W. Andersen on 7-24-1937 at Gibson City. He died 9-18-1973. Survivors include a sister, Wilma Straw, Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Dorothea Gilmore, Gibson City. Also surviving are four nieces, Sara Winship, Atlanta, Ga.; Ruth Davis, Gibson City; Jean Stark, Dundee; and Phyllis Dukes, Seattle; several other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers. Mrs. Andersen resided in Gibson City most of her life. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Il in 1929. Teaching high school math and science she accepted assignments at Reddick, where she worked for eight years, Paxton, during WW II, and Gibson City, where she worked for 20 years. At age 50 she completed a master's degree from the University of Il. She retired from teaching at Gibson City High School in 1967 with more than 30 years teaching total. Mrs. Andersen served as the Gibson City area news reporter for the Champaign News Gazette from 1940 - 1965. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma National Honorary society for women educators, a third-generation member of the First Presbyterian Church and a former president of the Senior Woman's Club. As accomplished pianists, Mrs. Andersen and her older sister, Ethel Sawyer, were frequently asked to play duets. Mrs. Andersen also accompanied her brother, George, as he played violin. During the 1960's the two sisters cultivated many varieties of iris on the family farm north of Gibson City. While living on the farm, and then in town, Mrs. Andersen also enjoyed growing tomatoes, geraniums and raspberries.


ACREE, ALICE H. BRUCKER - 71, Gibson City, died at 9:53 p.m. Friday, 10-12-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church, Gibson City. Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home. She was born 2-19-1912, at Sibley, a daughter of John and Marie Witt Brucker. She married Wade Clay Acree 4-17-1946 at Sibley. He died 7-23-1982. Surviving are a son, Terry, Watseka; a brother Herbert Brucker, Sibley, Il., and two grandchildren. An infant son and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Acree lived in the Gibson City are most of her life. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Gibson City and the First Christian Church. Memorials may be made to the church.

ACREE, MICHAEL L. - age 46 of Gibson City died at 9:45 p.m. Saturday 4-15-1995 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox and the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will include Denny Tongate, Tom Schlickman, Butch Johnson, Jim Nagle, Jim Hoffman and Bob Ferguson. Active pallbearers will be Dave Davis, Bill Noble, Brett Graham, Floyd Johnson, Jerry Lynch and Dave Edmonds. Mr. Acree was born 4-20-1948 in Bloomington, a son of Luster L. and Eva S. Celeschi Acree. He married Nancy Bendler on 4-1-1993 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include his mother of Gibson City; two daughters, Amy Acree of Bloomington and Alicia Acree of Sibley; one step-daughter, Paula Wood of Tucson, AR; one brother, Roy Acree of Gibson City; two sisters, Patsy Parsons of Watseka and Tammy Parsons of Gibson City; one granddaughter and two stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. A lifelong resident of Gibson City, Mr. Acree was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Sons of the American Legion, both of Gibson City. He was employed by Baltimore Aircoil Co., Inc. in Paxton for 15 years. For the past two years, he operated Acree Cleaning Service in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

ADAMS, PAUL R. (TOMMY) 87, formerly of the Gibson City - Bellflower area, died at 1:05 p.m. Friday 9-21-1984 at Towers Nursing Center, Charlottesville, VA. A private funeral was conducted Monday morning at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mr. Adams was born 10-7-1896, in Germany, a son of William and Fredricka Nimmer Adams. He married Yvette E. Ellis in 1918 at Bloomington. She died 2-10-1976. He is survived by two sons, Paul O. Adams, Addison, and Gordon Adams, Mansfield; four daughters, Barbara Dunbar, Mansfield; Patricia Offenberg, NYC; Delilah Cunningham, Stafford, VA.; and Gloria Kersten, Kimberling City, MO.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

ADAMS, Yvette - Private services for Mrs. YVETTE ELLIS ADAMS, 78, a former resident of the Gibson City area, who died Tuesday in New York, will be at 10 a.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. Mark Schleeter will officiate. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Adams was born 1-9-1898 in Lexington, a daughter of John and Delilah Montgomery Ellis. She married Paul R. Adams. He survives at a nursing home in Roanoke, VA. Also surviving are two sons, Paul, Lombard; and Gordon, Mansfield; four daughters, Mrs. Clyde Dunbar, Mansfield; Mrs. Jerome Offenberg, NYC; Mrs. Delila Cunningham, Stafford, Va.; and Mrs. Roger Kersten, Creve Coeur, Mo.; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Ragsdale, Homestead, FL.; and seven grandchildren. A daughter and eight brothers and sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Adams was a resident of Ft. Myers, FL, and St. Joseph before moving to NY.

ADKINS, TURNER - 84, died at 9:50 a.m. Friday at Ford County Nursing Home Paxton, IL. where he had been a resident for 12 years. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Lester Ringham officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 11-16-1879, at Sandy Hook, Ky., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mason Adkins. He married Laura Ball 3-3-1905 in KY. Surviving are Mrs. Laura Adkins, two sons, James, Harrisbsurg, PA.; Robert, Champaign; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Ethington, Louisville; Mrs. Betty Schroeder, Pantagraph reporter at Gibson City; 11 grandchildren, nine greatgrandchildren, one brother, Ed, Gibson City. One grandson preceded him in death. He was a resident of Gibson City since 1905.

ADKINS, Mrs. LAURA A. BALL - 80, died at 9:25 a.m. Friday at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had been a patient for the past six weeks. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. R. M. Luedde officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Adkins was born 4-13-1886, at Grayson, Ky., the daughter of James and Susan Kelly Ball. She was married to Turner Adkins 3-3-1906, at Matewan, W.Va. He preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, James Adkins, Harrisburg, PA; Robert Adkins, Champaign; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Ethington, Lewisville, Mrs. Betty Schroeder, Gibson City; two brothers, John Ball, Norwood, Ohio; Cam Ball, Ironton, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Cooper, Norwood, Ohio, Mrs. Bertha Cooksey and Mrs. Bell Kitchen, both of Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Lillie McCloud, Mexico, Mo., Mrs. Dicie Adkins, Gibson City; 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers. She was a member of the First Christian Church and had been a resident of Gibson City for the past 60 years.

ALLEN, MICHAEL E. "BUTCH" - 55, of Loda, died at 9 a.m. Saturday, 10-5-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Visitation was private. Mr. Allen was born 7-28-1947 at Urbana, a son of Harry E. and Pattie M. "Mickey" Hook Allen. He moved to Rantoul from Xenia, Ohio, and then to Paxton before moving to Loda. He married Patricia A. McConnell 9-9-1979, in Fisher. She survives. Also surviving are his parents of Paxton; two sons, Thomas Houser of Loda and Michael (Jennifer) Allen of Gibson City; two daughters, Wendy (Jamie) Marks of Reidsville, NC and Tammy (Joe) Simms of Amarillo, Texas; five grandchildren, and one sister, Pamela (Leonard) Powell of Finksburg, MD. Mr. Allen graduated from Paxton High School in 1965. He was a supervisor at Central Soya Gibson City, for 31 years. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting and fishing. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

WILLIAM R. ANDERSON
The funeral for William R. "Bill" Anderson, 86, of Gibson City will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. He died at 7:35 a.m. Monday 7-22-2002 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson City United Methodist Church. He was born 2-16-1916 at Gibson City a son of Carl William and Helen Barber Anderson. Survivors include five cousins, Janice Crawford, Bremerton, Wash.; Sandie Cambell, Bremerton, Wash.; Helen Anderson, Skokie; Charlie Anderson, Bremerton
Wash.; and John Anderson, Wildwood. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Anderson was born in Gibson City, graduating from Drummer Twp High School in 1933. In 1937, Mr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from DePaul University. While in Chicago, Mr. Anderson studied drama at the Chicago Art Institute's Goodman Theatre, performing throughout the Midwest as a member of the Goodman Theatre Players Traveling Troupe. During WWII, Mr. Anderson served in the US Army in France and Germany with the 914th Field Artillery Battery. After the war, Mr. Anderson returned to Gibson City where he farmed until his retirement
in 1975. He was a member of the Gibson City Rotary, Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and a life-long member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church.

ELMER C. ASHER
The graveside funeral service for Elmer C. Asher, 83, of Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 of Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He died at 6:35 p.m. Thursday 4-12-2001 at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Mr. Asher was born 2-4-1918 at Gibson City, a son of Archie and Louise Pfieffer Asher. He married Madelon A. Roberts on 6-6-1942 at Washington DC. She died 4-21-2000. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Gordon) Chase, St. Paul, MN, and a son, Gary (Shirley) Asher, Byron. Also surviving is a grand-daughter, Kim Asher, Byron. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Asher graduated form Drummer Twp High School in Gibson City in 1935, and
attended Gallagher School of Business in Kankakee. He worked for Buda Co. in Harvery until he joined the US Army Air Corps in 1941. He graduated from OCS Miami Beach, and served in WWII until his discharge in 1945. He started farming near Gibson City. In 1951 he was recalled to active duty in the USAF during the Korean War and served in Japan and the Philippine Islands. He was discharged in 1953 and he, his wife and his two children returned to farming near Gibson City until his retirement in 1996.

TRENT DANIEL ARENDS
Trent Daniel Arends, 15, of Melvin, died at 9:35 a.m. Sunday 3-16-2003 at his home of natural causes. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley. The Rev. Mark Haller officiated. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery. Visitation was Tuesday at Christ Lutheran High School, Buckley and one hour before the services Wednesday at the Church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Arends was born 10-30-1987, at Manhattan, Kan., a son of Ronald Daniel and Allison Kay (Ziegler) Arends. Surviving are his parents of Melvin; one brother, Tyler Robert Arends, at home; paternal grandfather, Daniel G. Arends of Gibson City; maternal grandfather, the Rev. Robert Ziegler of Atchison, Kan.; maternal great-grandmother, Elsie Johnson of Blue Earth, Minn.; aunt and uncle, Randal and Bonnie Arends of Melvin, seven cousins, including Stephen Arends of Melvin; two uncles, Rick Williams and Andrew Ziegler of Cleveland; aunt and uncle Anne and Preston Compton of Martinville, Va. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother, one aunt, Angela Williams; and one cousin, Greg Arends of Melvin. Mr. Arends graduated from St. John's Lutheran School in Buckley as valedictorian in 2002. He was a freshman at Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley. He was a member of student council, the math bowl team, the St. John's Lutheran Church and the youth group of the Church. He was the scorekeeper for basketball games, an avid reader and played the piano and baritone.
Paxton record 3-19-2003

MILDRED ALLEN
Mildred Aileen Allen, 80, Gibson City, died at 5:08 a.m. Thursday 1-30-2003 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Allen was born 11-27-1922 at LeRoy, a daughter of Harley Hilton and Letha VanDeventer Scott. She married L. Eugene Allen on 10-22-1939 at St. Charles, Mo. He survives Other survivors include four sons, Kenny (Bonnie) Allen, Gibson City, Lenny (Kathy) Allen, Concord, Calif., Gary (Lynn) Allen, Gibson City and Kelley (Robbie Lee) Allen, Indianapolis, Ind.; two daughters, Beverly (Jack) Fields and Kathy Jo Rutledge both of Gibson City; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Leona Meyers, Ford Collins, Colo.; Carol Bottles, LeRoy; and Dode Allen, Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son and two brothers. Mrs. Allen helped with farming and had worked at the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City in the laundry department. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, canning and music. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Paxton RECORD 2-5-2003.
Officiating: Barry Barkley; Organist: Marilyn Shields; Soloist: Tom Fairchild; Pallbearers: Dave Allen, Gary Allen, Dan Allen, Ian Rutledge, Casey Fields, Dave Fields, Michael Fields

GREGORY T. ARENDS
Memorial Service for accident victim: twin brother still critical at Urbana Hospital. Melvin - Gregory Todd Arends, 17, Melvin, died at 7:38 a.m. Friday 1-17-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Private services will be conducted, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Melvin Cemetery. A public memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at GCMS Middle School, Gibson City. Mr. Arends was born 3-4-1985 at Gibson City, a son of Randal and Bonnie Shetler Arends. They survive. Also surviving are his twin brother, Stephen Craig Arends; his paternal grandfather, Daniel G. Arends of Gibson City; his maternal grandparents, Les and Frances Shetler of Goshen, Indiana; a local uncle, aunt and cousins, Ronald and Allison Arends, Trent and Tyler of Melvin; and many other uncles, aunts and cousins. His paternal grandmother, Verna Arends, preceded him in death. He enjoyed tinkering with cars and computers as he listened to his music collection. He was a member of FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Gibson City Bible Church, and Sangamon Valley church youth groups. He and his brother were co-captains of the GCMS golf team. He had recently chosen to become a member of Gibson City Bible Church. He was known for his sense of humor and his faith in Christ. Memorials may be made to the building fund at his church or to Gibson Area Hospital. Pallbearers were Andrew Thomason, Nick Brucker, Jamison Stalter, Luke Severins, Matt Heideman and Brad Molck.
1-27-03

ANDREAE, WILMA J. CLAUSEN - Wilma J. Andreae, 59, of Gibson City, a medical services worker died at 1:25 p.m. yesterday 4-6-1989 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Mrs. Andreae died of cancer. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Sunday at the church. She was born 7-3-1929 in Drummer Twp, a daughter of Henry and Ella Schmidt Clausen. She married Ivan C. Andreae on 11-21-1948 in Anchor. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Mark, Gibson City; a daughter, Janie A. Mehlan, Lorton, Va.; her mother, Gibson City; four sisters, Lois Friese, Leesburg, Fla.; Elaine Boyd, Normal; Janice Riddle, Danvers; and Frances Henshaw, Minooka; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Andreae had been a resident of Gibson City since 1948. She worked for the Gibson City Clinic for 33 years, then for Dr. Somchai Supawanich of Gibson City for 15 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Anchor, where she was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the choir. She also was a member of the Shufflin' Shoe Square Dance Club. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society or the Mercy Hospital Hospice Care Program.

MARY H. ANDERSON
Mrs. Mary Anderson, 60, died Monday 5-24-1954 at the Gibson Community Hospital, where she had been a patient 15 days. She was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home, where services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. S.A. Guthrie officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery. Mrs. Anderson was born 1-17-1894 in Beaumont, Ky. She had lived in Gibson City nearly all her lifetime. She was married to Andrew A. Anderson, who died 8-8-1933. Surviving are three sons, Harry, Gibson City; Clarence and John, both of Kankakee; four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Langhoff, Ohio; Mrs. Dorothy Beckstead, Nev.; Miss Janet Anderson, Chicago; Mrs. Mary Bedel, Gibson City, nine grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. Two daughters preceded her in death.

ANDERSON, TIMOTHY - Timothy "Ando" Anderson, 30, of Lincoln, formerly of Paxton died at 5:25 p.m. Thursday 2-6-2003 at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln. Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday with Bruce Parmenter and Gary Bussman officiating. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Glenn Cemetery, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Mr. Anderson was born 7-11-1972 at Gibson City Hospital, a son of Cliff and Dorothy Anderson of Lincoln, formerly of Paxton. They survive. Also surviving are a sister, Tonya (Robert) Newson of Paxton; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Burdette of Ocala, Fla.; and one niece, Randee Newsom of Paxton. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents. Mr. Anderson graduated in 1990 from Paxton High School. He attended Lincoln Christian College, Lincoln, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1994 in family life. He attended Lincoln Christian Seminary, where he earned a master of arts and counseling ministry degree in 1999. Through his school years he worked at a Christian day care center in Lincoln. During the last two years he worked at Heritage Behavioral Center, Decatur, as an addiction therapist. He was a member of Paxton Church of Christ and later the Jefferson Street Christian Street Church. Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Street Christian Church children's ministry, Lincoln Christian College or Heritage Behavior Center, Decatur.
Paxton Record 2-12-2003



Frankie Andrews
At Melvin, Ford county, by burning to death, Frankie, aged 2 years, 6 months, son of Daniel and Minnie Andrews, formerly of Whitefield.
[January 20, 1876, The Henry Republican - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


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