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Ford County, IL Obituaries

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

Obits for the following names are on this page.

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Flossie M. Brucker

Margaret A. Blue

Opal Louis Brewer

Florence B. Burton

Arleen M. Brough

Richard D. Bishop

William L. Barnhart

Margaret E. Blissard

Skye Rachelle Barham

Walter C. Barnes

Margaret F. Briggs Barnes

Elizabeth A. Flesner Barnett

Betty Jane Barnhart

Mildred L. Donner Barrow

J.W. Barrow

Margaret L. Anderson Barrow

Florence Richardson Barrow

Arthur E. Bartelson

Clemens V. Bartelson

Wilson E.Bartelson

Donald L. Bachmann

Harold Francis Bork

Glen Breeden

Zelma Lee Bane

James A. Barnes

Robert A. Barnes

Chester B. Barr

Chloe Barrow

Robert H. Barrow

Thelma L. Bartelson

Floyd Barringer

Elizabeth Batson

Guy L. Batson

Guy T.Batson

Emma J. Beck

Ferdinand Beck

Jacob Beck

Willis Beck

Freedae Bedel

Kermit E. Bedel

Mary Bedel

John D. Bell

 
 

Cynthia A. Berkler

Clara Frances Bidwell

Willard E. Bielfeldt

Earl M. Birkey

Lewis A. Birky

Ray L. Blissard

Dorothy June Marsh Boma

Carl Cecil Bond

Mrs. Elizabeth Bond

Laura Bond

Gamalia W. Borchers

Charles Bowen

Jeffery L. Branson

Belle A. Brauman

 

Mary I. Briggs

Edgar T. Brock

Dorothy M. Brown

George H. Brown

Grace Brown

Ruth A. Bruns

Lorene E. Builta

Marion Bukowski

John W. Barnett

Anna Clarice Bennett

Ruby Marie Bennett

Shirley A. Benison

Paul F. Berger

August Bergstrom

Cynthia A. Snevely Berkler

D. Lavonne Murray Berkler

Florence I. Bethard

Hazel B.Blanchard

William Henry Blissard

Chloe Warfield Blissard

Earl V. Blissard

Olive A. Speers Blissard

Frances E. Poplett Blissard

William Russell Blissard

Gladys E. Kuntz Blissard

Beulah O. Burnett Batterton

Barbara L. Prichard Beasley

Frances E. Riblet Becker

Mary J. Anderson Bedel

Dale W. Beesley

Malinda J. Mott Bell

Susan M. Haberkorn Bell

Leonard Y. Bennett

Doris R. Meyer Buess

Edna Swallow Baecher

Ruth C. Clifton Baerlocher

Steven H. Baerlocher

C. Duane Baillie

Kenneth Baity

Raymond Francis Baker

Richard Barnes

Charles Woodrow Barnes

Mary Beth Kincade Barnes

Mary V. Broaddus

Albert Wayne Brock

Marvin W. Borders

Leroy J. Bukowski

Ferne L. (Goken) Benge

Alicia Benjamin

Elsa Anna Bishop


FLOSSIE MAE (BROWN) BRUCKER Flossie M. Brucker, 71, of Gibson City, formerly of Sibley, died at 2:20 p.m. Monday 4-7-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. Bob Kinas officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mrs. Brucker was born 2-4-1932 at Gibson City, a daughter of George and Dorothy Smith Brown. She married James H. Brucker 3-4-1951 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Marland (Janis) Brucker of Gibson City and Mark Brucker of Elliott; one daughter, Teresa (Eugene) Arnold of Thomasboro; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest (Connie) Brown of Gibson City and Robert (Joyce) Brown of Rantoul; and two sisters, Edna Marie (William) Anderson of Lexington and Dorothy Evelyn (Charles) Christianson of Cordova, Tenn. She was preceded in death by two sons, James Jr. and Eric Lee; and three brothers. Mrs. Brucker was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley. She graduated from Saybrook High School in 1950 and had lived in Sibley for 50 years. She worked at McDonald's in Gibson City and was a manager at the Quick 6 gas station for many years.

paxton record 5-14-2003

MARGARET A. (SPENCER) KOEHLER, BLUE - Margaret A. Blue, Mesa AZ. a former Sibley School teacher born: 7-29-1907 in Kansas City, KS. parents: Ralph E. and Agnes E. Kirby Spencer wed: Gus F. Koehler in 1933. He died in 1964 wed: Clarence Blue 4-20-1973 in Rochester, Minn. He died in 1986. died: 2-1-2003 at Odyssey Hospice, Mesa, AZ buried: private inurnment at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley, Il paxton record 5-14-2003

OPAL LOUISA (ADKINS) BREWER Opal Louis Brewer, 89, of Paxton born: 1-17-1914 in Danville parents: Edward and Mable Wheeler Adkins wed: Richard Brewer 4-19-1939 in Danville. He died in 1992. died: 5-1-2003 at Illinois Knights Templar Nursing Home, Paxton services: graveside at Gordon Cemetery, Danville paxton record 5-14-2003

paxton record 3-12-2003 DARRICK BEAVER Fairbury - Darrick Lee Beaver, 31, of Kill Devil Hills, NC, ormerly of Mount Sidney, Va., and who grew up in Piper City, died Friday 3-7-2003 at a hospital in Chesapeake, Va. born: in Fairbury, Il - grew up in Piper City parents: wed: Lisa Redifer died: 3-7-2003 Chesapeake, Va buried: Southern Shores Cemetery, Southern Shores, NC with full military honors

FLORENCE B. (BROCHE) BURTON Florence B. Burton, 83, of Gibson City died at 9:50 a.m. Friday 3-7-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services were at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill officiating with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Burton was born 6-16-1919 at Summit, a daughter of Arthur and Ella (Brayman) Broche. She married Earl Dean on 5-1-1937 at Hoopeston. He died in 1939. She married Isaiah Burton. She then married Harold Eaton on 1-19-1947. She then re-married Isaiah Burton. Surviving are two daughters, Donna Joyce (Joe) McDermed of Tampa Fla., and Linda Carlton of Mattoon; two sons, Arthur Frank Burton and Robert Eaton, both of Gibson City; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Burton had been a resident of Gibson City for 36 years. She worked for more than 25 years at Electronics Components Corp in Gibson City, retiring in 1985.

BROUGH, ARLEEN M. SCHADE - Gibson City - Arleen M. Brough, 92, formerly of Gibson City, died 12-30-2002 in Douglas, Michigan. Private services will be conducted for family, with entombment in Roselawn Memorial Park, Terre Haute, Ind. Mrs. Brough was born 4-4-1910, a daughter of Adam and Catherine Amelia Berlet Schade. She married Benjamin E. Brough in 1933. He died in 1990. Surviving are one son, Benjamin David Brough of Garden City Beach, SC, two daughters, Margery Ann (Richard) Bogasch of Avondale, AZ; and Kaye (Reg) Seidner of Saugatuck, Mich; one sister, Ruth Matthews of Gibson City; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Five sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the hospice or breast cancer organization of the donor's choice. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BISHOP, RICHARD D. - 58, Roberts, died 10-9-2002 at his home. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Living Word Church, Roberts, the Rev. Doug Lee officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Mr. Bishop was born 4-4-1944, in Bloomington, a son of Merle D. and Margaret J. (Gettie) Bishop. He married June Mills 10-19-1963 at Gibson City. She survivies.

BARNHART, WILLIAM L. 94, a longtime Gibson City resident and operator of Barnhart Brothers Restaurant for many years, died at 3:26 a.m. Thursday, 5-8-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital where he had been a patient about a week. His funeral was at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Louis Haase officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery where the Gibson City American Legion Post conducted flag rites. Pallbearers were Ivan E. Donner, Phillip Hawthorne, Elmer Asher, Weldon Hansen, Charles Crowley and Fred Gilmore. Mr. Barnhart was born 3-17-1886 at North Loup, Neb., a son of Douglas and Tempa Bradbury Barnhart. He married Chloe McNabney Denne 9-15-1936 in Champaign. She died 4-11-1971. Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Knell, Mahomet; two brothers, David Gibson City and Levi, Tucson, AZ; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Barnhart was a veteran of WWI. He was a member of the Gibson City American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post, Modern Woodmen of America, and the First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Veterans Adm. Hospital at Danville.

BLISSARD, MARGARET E. (WRIGHT) - The funeral of Margaret E. Blissard, 87, of Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. Rebecca Zelsensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the funeral Tuesday at the Church. She died at 1:37 a.m. Friday 8-30-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Gibson City, or to the Gibson Area Hospital. Mrs. Blissard was born 12-31-1914 in Anchor Twp, a daughter of Leslie and Ada Nieswander Wright. She married Ray L. Blissard on 8-14-1937. He died 9-2-1993. Survivors include one daughter, Jalene (Harold) Medler Gibson City; one grandson, Harold (Lorri) Medler, Jr., Elliott; and two great-grandchildren, Kristine Nichole Medler and Bryan Duane Medler. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Blissard was a member of First Christian Church, Gibson City. She was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and the Salem Country Club. She enjoyed flower gardening and was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mrs. Blissard moved from Anchor Twp to Gibson City in 1993. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARHAM, SKYE RACHELLE - age nine months of Champaign, died at 12:04 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2002 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 18 at Morgan Memorial Home in Savoy with the Reverend Randy Robinson officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery. Skye Rachelle was born November 29, 2001 in Peoria, a daughter of Thomas Jeffery and Connie Elaine Rickey Barham. Survivors include her parents of Champaign; a brother, Nicholas Reid Barham of Champaign; her maternal grandparents Don and Alma Rickey of Champaign; and her paternal grandmother, Hilma Barham of Champaign. The Rickeys are former Gibson City residents. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather John A. Barham. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Hospital of Peoria in care of the pediatric intensive care. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNES, WALTER C. - The funeral of WALTER C. BARNES, age 84 of Gibson City, was at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverends Patrick W. Cox and Wally Krech officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Chris Thorp, Richard Barnes, Harold Thomas, Danny Donovan, Dave Gregerson, and Evan Leonard. Mr. Barnes died at 5:14 p.m. Tuesday 1-5-1993 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was born 4-6-1908 in Dix Township, Ford County, a son of Simon and Una Wood Barnes. He married Margaret Briggs on 4-22-1937 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one son, James of Paxton; one daughter, Nancy Faulk of Bloomington and six grandchildren. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Barnes farmed in Dix Twp and did custom work. He was a member of the United Methdist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to his church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNES, MARGARET F. BRIGGS - 88, Gibson City, died at 9:50 a.m. Saturday 8-12-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Al Schneck will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. She was born 9-25-1911, at Gibson City, a daughter of Ben and Vera Ashby Briggs. She married Walter C. Barnes on 4-22-1937, at Gibson City. He died 1-5-1993. Survivors include one son, James (Letha) Barnes, Paxton; one daughter Nancy (Bob) Faulk, Bloomington; two brothers, Harley Briggs and Edward Briggs, both of Gibson City; and six grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded Mrs. Barnes in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNETT, ELIZABETH ANNA FLESNER - 76 of Gibson City died at 8:55 a.m. Monday 10-2-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Wayne Shelkshon officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home. Gibson City; and from 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer's Association. Mrs. Barnett was born 9-29-1924 at rural Rantoul, a daughter of Martin and Hannah Rocker Flesner. She married John W. "Bill" Barnett on 12-26-1959 at Flatville. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Larry (Penny) Barnett, Gibson City; John (LeAnn) Barnett, Saybrook; one sister, Annetta Ackerman, Gifford; one brother, George Flesner, Rantoul; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers. Mrs. Barnett was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. She was a cook at the Gibson City elementary schools for many years. She has lived in the Gibson City area since 1973. Prior to that she resided in the Flatville area. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNHART, Mrs. BETTY JANE BRIGGS DONOVAN - 50, Gibson City, died at 6 a.m. Tuesday 4-29-1969 at Chanute Air Force Base Hospital, where she had been a patient for two weeks. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Rev. Jack Kaley officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City cemetery. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Barnhart was born 10-23-1918 near Gibson City, daughter of Willie and Emma (Williams) Briggs. She was married to Roy Donovan, who died 8-21-1949. She then was married to John A. Barnhardt 5-10-1951 in Rantoul, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Marla Lee Young, Gibson City; one son, Danny D. Donovan, Gibson City; her father, Willie J. Briggs, Gibson City; one brother, William Joseph Briggs of Amarillo, TX; and five grandchildren. Also preceding her in death was her mother and one grandson. Mrs. Barnart had been a lifetime resident of Gibson City. ([Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft - typist note: the surname was spelled Barnhart, Barnhardt, and Barnart in the obit)

BARROW, MILDRED L. DONNER - 69, of Gibson City died at 6:30 a.m. Friday 6-5-1998 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Barrow was born 8-27-1928, at Gibson City, a daughter of Harry F. and Katie I. Hanson Donner. She married Glenn "Sam" Barrow Jr. on 3-14-1953, at Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Gregory Barrow of Gibson City; two daughters, Debra Kirkpatrick and Sandra Davis, both of Gibson City; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a sister. Mrs. Barrow lived her entire life in Gibson City. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church or the Gibson Community Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARROW, J.W. - 94, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday at the home of his son, John Barrow. Heart disease caused his death. He had been a paralytic invalid about a year and a half. Born 5-15-1837 at New Town, VA. the son of Frederick and Sarah McClun Barrow. In 1859 he came to the home of his uncle, Judge McClun of Bloomington, Il. He farmed one year on the Mackinaw River and herded cattle on the prairies of central Illinois. Mr. Barrow married Esther L. Towner of Forrest on Christmas Day in 1879. They lived at Gibson City 18 years and from there moved to Marion Co. They spent the past two years near and in Colfax, Il. Surviving are his widow and six children; Fred of Los Angeles, Ca.; Frank of Chicago; Clyde and Ed of Salem; John of Colfax and Mrs. Etta Bryant of Gibson City. There are two brothers, Hamilton and Charles and a sister, Mrs. S.H. Preston of Gibson City. There are also four great grandchildren. There were three sons and two daughters who preceded him in death. When a young man, he united with the White Cross United Bretheran Church in Virginia. He also taught school there. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. ** [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft] NOTE: His obit states he was a Civil War veteran. His ancestors of today say this was not true.

BARROW, MARGARET L. ANDERSON - 87, formerly of Gibson City, died Sunday 9-30-1984 at her home in Phoenix, AZ, where she had resided 7 years. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Barrow was born 3-22-1897 in Gibson City, a daughter of James and Anna Peterson Anderson. She married Louis A. Barrow on 6-4-1918 in Chicago. He died 2-21-1955. Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Rouse, Westminster, CA; Martha Johnson, Phoenix, AZ; Lois Heyden, Piedmont, CA and Nancy Pillinger, Corpus Christi, TX; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and three sisters preceded herin death. Mrs. Barrow helped form the Girl Scout group in Gibson City. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City; Gibson City Women's Club and Gibson Community Hospital Auxililary. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARROW, FLORENCE RICHARDSON - born near Paxton, Il., 12-26-1859, daughter of John and Sarah Richardson. She died at St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington, Il, Saturday 4-2-1949. Services 4-5-1949 at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with Rev. A.M. Willey officiating. She married Alpheus Walker Barrow, who died in 1910. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mayme Schertz and a son Clarence Barrow, both of Gibson City; two grandchildren, Betty Elliott and Dick Schertz. One sister, Amelia Wardlow, Van Neys, CA. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARTELSON, ARTHUR E. - age 87 of Elliott died at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday 4-5-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Bloice Shilts was honorary pallbearer. Active pallbearers included Wayne Apperson, Tom Meers, Evan Leonard, Gary Reitz, Stanley Apperson, and Max McGuire. Mr. Bartelson was born 10-1-1906 at rural Gibson City, a son of John E. and Otillia Nilson Bartelson. Three brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by a sister-in-law Thelma Bartelson of Gibson City; three nieces, one nephew and several cousins. Mr. Bartelson lived in the Gibson City and Elliott areas for most of his life. He was a member of the former Elliott Lutheran Church and the American Luthean Church of Gibson City. He was a member of the Elliott Senior Citizens and a member of the Merchant Marine in the early 1930's stationed in California. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARTELSON, CLEMENS V. "CLEM" - age 79 of Elliott, died at 1:25 a.m. Sunday 10-22-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Paul E. Bungum and the Reverend Beth Newton Watson officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. George Randolph and Marion Hefferman served as honorary pallbearers. Active pallbearers were Bloice Shilts, Wayne Apperson, Tom Meers, Mick Kingsley, John Kinder and Fred Strebeck. Mr. Bartelson was born 2-8-1910 near Gibson City, a son of John and Otillia Nilson Bartelson. He married Thelma L. Fretty on 6-22-1935 in Elliott and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Alan of Antioch; three daughters, Myrna Meves of Mount Prospect, Julie Koepke of Peoria, AZ and Diana White of Odessa TX; a brother Arthur of Gibson City; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He was preceded in death by two brothers. He was a resident of the Gibson City-Elliott area all of his life and was employed at Central Soya Inc., Gibson City, retiring in 1975. He was a member of the former Elliott Lutheran Church and the Elliott Senior Citizens. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARTELSON, WILSON E. - 75, of rural Gibson City, a lifelong resident of the area and a retired farmer, died at 1:30 a.m. yesterday 6-6-1988 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Revs. Dane Meuschke and Carl Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Bartelson was born 3-9-1913 in Dix Twp. Ford County, a son of John and Otillia Nelson Bartelson. Survivors include two brothers, Arthur of Gibson City and Clemens of Elliott. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Bartelson retired from farming in 1975. He graduated from Drummer Twp High School and attended the U of Illinois. He was a member of the former Elliott Lutheran Church and attended the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church. He was a member of The Elliott Senior Citizens. **typist note: obits of his two brothers, Arthur and Clemens, indicate spelling of their mother as Nilson) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BACHMANN, DONALD L. - 77, a Loda farmer, died at 12:35 p.m. Friday 11-1-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. Monday at the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren cemetery, rural Roanoke, with the Rev. Richard Piscatelli officiating. Mr. Bachman was born 9-16-1925, at Roanoke, a son of Peter S. and Lena Wehrli Bachman. He married Variea J. Snyder 7-10-1953, at Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are one sister, Marie (Don) Coates, of Kittery, Maine, and numberous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Mr. Bachman attended Roanoke rural schools and farmed his entire life in the Roanoke, Eureka and Loda areas. He had lived in Loda since 1956. He served in the U.S. Army as a medic in the European Theatre during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Burear. He enjoyed being Mr. Fix-It. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BORK, HAROLD FRANCIS - 84, of Piper City, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday 10-30-2002 at his home. Services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of Piper City. The Rev. Isabelle Davis and the Rev. Dennis Carr officiated. Burial was in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, was in charge of arrangements. He was born 7-30-1918, in Thawville, a son of Edward David and Ocie Ehresman Bork. He married Della Mae Stiner on 9-21-1941, in Piper City. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Gene (Pam) Bork of Thawville; Ron (Celia) Bork of Piper City, and Wayne (Karen) Bork of Leawood, Kan.; two daughters, Alice (David) Monk of Danforth, and Betty (Ron) Henson of Dunlap; 15 grandchildren.; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Bork of Danforth, and Nancy Bork of Florida; a brother-in-law, Lou Tilley of Piper City; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Leslie Bork Sr. and Ralph Bork; and a sister, Mildred Bork. He spent his childhood in the Thawville area and graduated from Thawville High School. He was a lifelong farmer in the Piper City area. Mr. Bork was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Piper City, where he had been an elder and clerk of session for more than 35 years. He also was a member of the Greenbrier Lodge Board, where he had served as treasurer for many years; a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge; a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau; a member of the Piper City School Board; and a 25-year member of Farmers' Grain Elevator Board, having served as president. He was active in the Piper City Community Sale for many years, and was a clerk at many farm sales. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


BREEDEN, Glen - Memorial services for GLEN BREEDEN, 81, of Melbourne, Fl, formerly of Loda will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton. The Rev. Denis White will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda, with military graveside services. There will be no visitation. Mr. Breeden died 3-2-2002 at the Life Care Center in Melbourne. He was born 1-1-1921, in Brandon, Iowa, the son of William and Mallie Parks Breeden. He married Gladys Thilmony; she preceded him in death in 1979. Also preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters and three brothers. Surviving are one sister, Mary (Maurice) Johnson of Cocoa Beach, Fl.; three brothers, Richard (Juanita) Breeden of Watseka, Robert (Yrlene) Breeden of Daphne, Ala., and Paul (Virginia) Breeden of Gibson City. Mr. Breeden and his father owned and operated Breedens' Wrecking Yard in Loda for many years. He served in the US Army during WWII ard was wounded in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a member of the Loda American Legion Post and the Loda Sportsman's Club and the Catholic Church. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


BANE, CHARLES C. - The funeral for Charles C. Bane, 73, of Gibson City will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday (8-21-1999) at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Mr. Bane was born 5-14-1926 at Saybrook, a son of Delmar and Mary Francis Cline Bane. He married Maria Rupa in 1946 in Germany. He later married Melba Quinn on 9-22-1979 at Anchor. She died 2-5-1992. He later married Margaret "Peg" Day on 12-31-1993. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Bill (Lovonna) Bane, Hartsville SC; three daughters, Mary (Cecil) McCormick, Tolono; Rose Beasley, Austin TX; and Patricia (Dennis) Farris, Elliott; two stepdaughters, Jody Bane, Gibson City; and Lee Remmers, Cullom; one brother, Guy Bane, Gibson City; eight grandchildren ; six step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. His parents and one sister preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

ZELMA LEE BANE
6-15-1918 to 4-7-2001
Services: Wednesday, April 11, 2001 10:30 a.m.
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Randall Robinson
Organist: Marilyn Shields
Soloist: Bill Siegfried
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Pallbearers:
Jeremiah C. Benison
Raymond G. Thomas
James L. Bane
Sean M. Cochran
Kurt A. Larson
Todd Asker
Thomas D. Barnes
(Lamb Funeral Home)


[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].


BANE, Zelma Lee, 82, of Gibson City, died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.
She was born 6-15-1918 in Sims, a daughter of Logan and Mammie Ellen Frye Holler. She married Gordon W. Bane, Sr. on 10-15-1935 in Bloomington. He died 7-3-1966.
Survivors include a son, Gordon W. Bane, Jr. Downs; six daughters, Barbara Lynn (James) Frederick, Birmingham, Ala; Dixie Lee (Duwain) Thomas, Champaign; Patsy Lou (Duane) Askew, Wausau, Wis; Carolyn Sue (Richard) Larson, Frankfort; Janite Kay (Bud) Barnes, Foosland and Melody Jean Cochran, Bloomington; a sister, Margrete Stucker, Lake Havasu, AZ; 26 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Shirley Benison, four sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BARNES, JAMES A. - was born 10-1-1869, on the old homestead farm owned by his father. He spent several years in the west trying to regain his health... not successful, so he returned to Illinois. He died 3-27-1920 at a hospital in Kankakee, aged 50 yr 7 mo 26 da. Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers and one sister. Survivors include one sister, Ella Ashmore, Gibson City; two brothers, John H. Barnes, Norfold, Neb., and Charles Simon Barnes of Gibson City. Services were held at the home of Charles Simon Barnes, the Rev. J.R. Kesterson officiating. Burial was in Blackford Cemetery. Gibson Courier 4-1-1920 [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ROBERT A. BARNES
5-1-1943 to 8-5-1983
Services: Monday, August 8, 1983
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Bearers:
Don Alexander
Dan Donovan
Jack Royal
Warren Birkey
Tom Johnson
Jim Ross
Pallbearers:
Wayne Apperson
Bob Seamonds
Loren Harris
Dan Zehr
Jim Longmire
John Barnhart
Dwain Pruitt
Tom Fox
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


BARNES, ROBERT ALLEN 40, of Gibson City, a railroad employee, died at 1:49 p.m. yesterday 8-5-1983 in East Alton. Madison County Coroner Dallas Burke said death was due to natural causes. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, where Masonic rites will be accorded at 8 p.m. He was born 5-1-1943, near Gibson City, a son of C. Woodrow and Dorothy Leonard Barnes. He married Sandra Schutte 1-31-1965, in Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Robert Charles and Michael Allen, both at home; his parents, Gibson City; and a brother, Richard. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and Gibson City Masons. He was president and grievance person of the Brotherhood of Railroad Maintenance of Way and also a member of the National Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a lifetime Gibson City area resident. Memorials may be made to the church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CHESTER B. BARR
7-22-1912 to 8-24-1995
Services: Saturday, 8-26-1995 1:30 p.m.
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: the Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Pallbearers:
Antone Heideman
Jim Schroeder
Don Jensen
Lyle K. Kumler
Jim McKeever
Jim Jensen
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BARR, CHESTER B. - 83, of Gibson City died at 11:15 a.m. Thursday 8-24-1995 at his home. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are a daughter, Christena Swanson, Gibson City; two grandsons, Brian Swanson and Tracy Swanson, both of Gibson City, and three great-grandsons. His parents preceded him in death. He was born 7-22-1912, at Xenia, a son of Artist P. and Iva Maud Cox Barr. He married Elsie Arterburn 12-22-1932, at Louisville, Ill. She died 2-17-1981. He was employed as a tire repairman in Gibson City for many years and was employed in the maintenance department at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

BARROW, CHLOE (RADY) - 99, a lifelong resident of Gibson City and retired insurance agent and tax form preparer, died at 1 p.m. yesterday 9-22-1986 at Gibson Manor, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m.Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City had charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Barrow was born April 1887, in Gibson City, a daughter of Sam Rady Sr. and Lillian Palmer Rady. She married Charles F. Barrow on 2-18-1932 at Gibson City. He died 7-22-1939. Survivors include a brother, Sam P. Rady, Jr. Gibson City. One sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Barrow was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City. She was a Sunday School teacher for many years and a former treasurer and trustee of the church. She was a member of the Sunshine Sunday School Class of the church. She also was a member of the Gibson City Recreation Club. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARROW, ROBERT H. "BOB" - 69, of Rantoul died Saturday 1-11-1997 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul. The Rev. William Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Rantoul. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mr. Barrow was born 8-1-1927, at Elliott, a son of Glen and Johanna Erickson Barrow. He married Joan Brownsfield on 9-12-1954 at Rantoul. She survives. Also surviving are a brother, Glen "Sam" Barrow, Jr. of Gibson City and a sister, Phyllis Christiansen of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a brother. Mr. Barrow was a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He also worked for many years at Champaign Appliance Co. He was an Air Force veteran. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARTELSON, Thelma L., THELMA L. FRETTY BARTELSON, age 83, a resident at Heritage Manor in Bloomington died at 6:35 a.m. 2-18-1998 at the nursing home. Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday February 20 at the funeral home and for one hour before the services on Saturday. Bloice Shilts served as honorary pallbearer. Active pallbearers were Wayne Apperson, John Kinder, Peggy Godsey, Ed Godsey, Fred Punke and Mick Kingsley. Mrs. Bartelson was born 4-3-1914 on a farm near Loda, the 11th child of Gunder and Martha Freeland Fretty. She married Clemens Bartelson on 6-22-1935 in Elliott. He preceded her in death on 10-22-1989. Survivors include three daughters, Myrna (Paul) Meves of Bloomington; Julie (John) Koepke of Glendale, AZ.; Diana White of Odessa, TX.; and one son Alan (Judy) Bartelson of Antioch; one sister, Anna Wiemken of Rockford; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four sisters, five brothers and a granddaughter, Heather Bartelson. Mrs. Bartelson was employed as secretary for the Ford-Iroquois Special Education Association. She was a long-time resident of Elliott, but moved to Gibson City seven years ago. She was a member of the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in rural Elliott until she recently joined the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BARRINGER, FLOYD - 85, of 605 E. Franklin St., Paxton died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday 10-18-1986 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign, after a short illness. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton, the Rev. Allen Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
He was born 10-20-1900, in Witt, Montgomery County, a son of Corwin E. and Carrie L. Lewey Barringer. He married Mable N. Turner 11-22-1922 in Fairfield. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Jo Gritton, Paxton; one son, Eugene, rural Paxton; one brother Earl, Paxton; four sisters,Viola Meuser, Rantoul; Hettie Mitchell and Fern Shelton, both of Wayne City; and Bessie Mayer, Mount Vernon; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, three brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BATSON, Elizabeth - The funeral of ELIZABETH MAE (BRIDGWATER) 86, of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. B.E. Koonce will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Friday at the funeral home. She died at 7 a.m. Tuesday 2-12-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Mrs. Batson was born 4-6-1915 in Coburg, KY., a daughter of Thomas and Mattie Farris Bridgwater. She married Guy L. Batson in November 1935 at St. Louis, Mo. He died in July 1987. Survivors include one daughter, Lillian Godsey, Gibson City; one son, Donald D. Batson, Gibson City; one sister, Sally Hale, Urbana; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Her parents, one daughter, one son, one sister and three brothers preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BATSON, GUY L. - 76, of Gibson City died at 8:55 a.m. yesterday 6-9-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. B.E. Koonce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Military rites will be accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home.
He was born 7-28-1910 in Morris, a son of Charles and Emma Rutherford Batson. He married Elizabeth Mae Bridgwater on 11-2-1935 in East St. Louis. She survives in Gibson City. Also surviving are two sons, Guy T., Columbus, Ind. and Donald, Gibson City; a daughter, Lillian Godsey, Gibson City; two half-brothers, Lawrence O'Neal, Gibson City, and Chester Batson, Kansas City, Kan.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter and three half-brothers. Mr. Batson was part owner of Batson & O'Neal TV Service, Gibson City, and had lived in Gibson City for 49 years. An Army veteran of WWII, he was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Heart Association. Pallbearers: Floyd Johnson, Larry Lehman, Sam Carter, Ernie Pearson, Tim Gardner, Jim Carman [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BATSON, GUY T. - Funeral services for Guy T. "Bud" Batson, 62, of Gibson City will be at 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, 303 N. Church, Gibson City. The Rev. B.E. Koonce will officiate.
Mr. Batson died at 8:20 p.m. Thursday, 5-21-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 3-20-1936 in rural Foosland, a son of Guy L. and Elizabeth Mae Bridgwater Batson. He married Marlene H. Brandt 9-9-1990 at Clear Lake, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Tom Batson of Germany and Tim Batson of Crescent, Iowa; a daughter, Barbara Kurtzwell of Horseshsoe Bend, Ark; his mother, mae Batson of Gibson City; a brother, Donald Batson of Gibson City; a sister, Lillian Godsey of Gibson City and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BECK, EMMA J. (SCHOENFELDT) - was born 5-1-1855, at Weddingstadt, near Heide Holstein, Germany. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. In the year 1880 she came to America with her parents.
She was married to Mr. Jacob Beck 11-27-1880. The lived in Anchor Twp for several years and then moved to Melrose, MN where they lived for a year and a half. Then they moved to Kansas, where they lived for two and a half. Returning from Kansas they lived near Cropsey for a short time, and for a year they resided two miles south of the Lutheran Church. For 29 years they made their home near Garber. Their marriage was blessed with ten children, of whom two have gone before. Several months ago she was taken sick, and in spite of all medical attention and care by her dear ones, she failed in health and knew that she would soon be taken from this earth. She passed away Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m., aged 67 years, 1 month and 28 days, death being caused by Brights disease and Dropsy. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Jacob Beck; five sons, John, Henry, William, George and Ferdinand; and three daughters, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Fred Stroh, and Mrs. Tjarks. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at her home in Gerber and at 3:00 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rev. A. Hahn officiated. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BECK, FERDINAND - 39 years, 7 months, and 15 days of age, passed away at his home near Elliott, Wednesday, 4-24-1935, after a short illness of scarlet fever. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Beck of Garber, Il., born 9-9-1895, and baptized by the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, Il. 2-1-1896, and confirmed in the same church, 7-25-1926.
Drafted to the US Army in 1918, he served at Camp Taylor near Louisville, KY, until he was honorably discharged in 1919. He also was a member of the American Legion. Dec 10, 1919, he was married to Miss Etta M. Tjarks, and since then they had lived on different farms in the neighborhood of Elliott and Gibson City.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Emma (Beck) Tjarks; and one infant child, and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Etta Beck; his son, Floyd Richard Beck, aged 13 years; his daughter, Dorothy Lucile Beck , 7 years; his youngest son, Marvin Gene Beck, one year; four brothers: John Beck of Montana; Henry Beck of Washington State; William Beck , Lexington, Il., George Beck of Michigan, and two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Minnie) Stroh, Saybrook, and Mrs. Peter Anderson, of Michigan; and many relatives and friends. The pastor of the church, Rev. A. Hahn, officiated at the funeral in St. John's cemetery the next day, April 25. On account of scarlet fever, there were no funeral services held at his home, nor in the church. The American Legion of Gibson City attended the funeral at the cemetery, with military honors. Funeral services will be held at a later date in St. John's Lutheran Church in Anchor Twp. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BECK, JACOB - was born 3-21-1852, at Weddinghusen, in the province of Holstein, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He imigrated to America in 1873, settling near Anchor, Il. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Schoenfeldt, and after having lived at difference places, they moved to Garber, Il. where he was engaged in the grain elevator business for almost thirty years. He was very faithful at this work and his employers were very well pleased with him. After the death of his wife, 7-16-1922, he made his home with his children. Last summer he suffered a severe accident, being struck by a freight car, which injured him so that death seemed to be near. He did not fully recover from the injuries, but he was able to be up and around again until a few days ago, when he fell and broke his hip, which was the direct cause of his death.
He died on Tuesday, 4-27-1926, at four o'clock in the afternoon at the home of his son, Fred Beck, near Garber. His age was 74 years, one month and six days. Two of his children died in infancy. The surviving children are as follows:
John Beck of Montana, Henry Beck of Washington, William Beck of Lexington, Il, George Beck of Michigan, Fred Beck of Garber, Il
Mrs. Anna Anderson of Michigan, Mrs. Minnie Stroh of Saybrook, Il, Mrs. Emma Tjarks of Sibley, Il., and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves a sister in Washington. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at one o'clock at the home, and two o'clock from the St. John's Lutheran Church, Rev. A. Hahn, officiating. The services were well attended. Rheine and Arthur Stroh sang several appropriate hymns. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BECK, Willis - Funeral services for WILLIS E. "BUD" BECK, 65, the president of the Melvin Village Board, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin, the Rev. Donald Kumpf officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook.
Visitation will be from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, and for one hour before the time of services Monday at the Church. Mr. Beck died at 4:12 p.m. Friday 12-16-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il.
He was born 4-7-1923 at Saybrook, a son of William and Laura Ortman Beck. He married Evelyn FitzHenry on 2-24-1945 at Brooklyn, NY. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Jay Beck of Roberts; a daughter, Cheri Zander of Melvin; five grandchildren; and four sisters, Esther Smith of Gibson City, Clara Harsha of Park Rapids, MN., Evelyn Warsaw of Saybrook, and Eleanor Lamberti, of Normal. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and a sister.
Mr. Beck had been a resident of Melvin since 1949. He was president of the Melvin Village Board from 1964 - 1968 and from 1984 until his death. He served in the Merchant Marines in WWII. Mr. Beck also was a 32-year member of the Melvin-Roberts Fire Protection District and a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin. Pallbearers: Wilbur Buhrmaster, Warren Albers, Bob Arends, Ronald Boundy, John Zander, Don Allen
(MELVIN FIREMEN ANSWER CALL: The Melvin Firemen answered a call to the W.E. Beck residence on Friday, 12-16-1988 at 3:30 p.m. Mr. Beck had suffered a heart attack and they administered CPR and oxygen until the Gibson ambulance arrived. There were eleven firemen answering the call.) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FREEDAE BEDEL
5-16-1911 - 9-28-1999
Services: Saturday, October 2, 1999
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Randall Robinson
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Junior Reynolds
Carl Raper
John Borchers
Clyde McRae
Don Hillary
Russell Borchers
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

KERMIT E. BEDEL
6-26-1905 - 7-18-1994 a Mason
Services: Thursday, 7-21-1994 1:30 p.m.
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Harold Sheppelman
Bob McMahon
Remmer Cramer
Roy Brent
Active Pallbearers:
Glen Reynolds, Jr.
Don Swanstrom
Earl Birkey
Ellsworth Hall
Donald Jensen
Carl Raper
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BEDEL, KERMIT E., of Gibson City and a winter resident of Bradenton, FL. for 26 years, died at 3:05 a.m. Monday 7-18-1994 at his residence. Mr. Bedel was born 6-26-1905 at North Vernon, Ind. a son of Jessie Grant and Maggie Jane Palmer Bedel. He married Freeda Elizabeth Borchers 12-5-1928 at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Delmar, Gibson City, one daughter, Eleanor Mae Hoffman, Bradenton, FL; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Wilma L. Tollstam, Fairhope, Ala. He was preceded in death by one daughter, one grandson, three brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BEDEL, Mary - The funeral of MARY J. (ANDERSON) BEDEL, 65, of rural Gibson City, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall L. robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be form 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with a Women of the Moose ceremony at 8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service Friday at the church. She died at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday 4-7-1998 at her home. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospice Program or the United Methodist Church, Gibson City.
Mrs. Bedel was born 8-22-1932, at Gibson City, the daughter of Andrew and Anna Robinson Anderson. She married Delmar Bedel on 2-10-1952 at Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include five daughters, Nancy Abbey, Bloomington;
Claudia (Darrell) chase, Karen (Brian) Cox and Barb (Jeff) Nagle, all of Gibson City; and Susan (Steve) Lee, Sycamore; four sons, Grant (Tamee) Bedel, Saybrook; Lucas Young, Peoria; Mike Bily, Mahaomet; and Steve Bily, Matoon; two sisters, Mildred Langhoff, Mentor, Ohio, and Dorothy Beckstead, Murray, Utah; two brothers, John Anderson, Florence, Ore., and Clarence Anderson, Peoria; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Her parents, one brother, and three sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Bedel had lived most of her life in the Gibson City area. She was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors; Gibson City Moose Lodge; and the Friendly Circle Club. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BELL, JOHN D. - born 11-22-1819 in Westmoreland, England, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Bell. He was the oldest of seven children. Grew up in England, acquiring a common school education and being apprenticed at the age of 14 to learn the trade of tailoring and upholstering. At the age of 22, in the year 1841, he sailed from Liverpool, the vessell dropping anchor in the harbor of New York after a voyage of 30 days. His first location was at Providence, RI, where he worked in a calico-printing factory. After five years he removed to Globe Village, Tiverton, RI where he was engaged as a clerk and time keeper until 1857. Then he emigrated to the West, and became a resident of Vermilion but is now Ford County. He purchased 70 acres of railroad land, developed it and resided there for many years. On the 14 May 1846, he married Miss Alice Sunderland. Six children were born to that union: Samuel, who died in infancy; Elizabeth, the wife of William Lewis of Oklahoma City, OK; James, who died in 1878; William Anthony of Canada; George Edward; and one child died in infancy. When the Civil War broke out, Mr. Bell responded to his country's call for troops, enlisting on the 30th day of December, 1863, as a private in the Chicago Mercentile Battery. His first active engagement was at Saline Cross Roads, after which he participated in many other battles and skirmishes. At the close of the war he received his discharge, July 9, 1865, and returned to his farm. As a result of the exposure and hardships of army life, he lost the sight of one eye.
Mr. Bell suffered the loss of his wife on 12-31-1893. He married the second time to Miss Elizabeth Ingerson, who survives him. He is also survived by two sisters; Sarah Metcalf of Gibson City and Emma Mills of South Andover, Mass.; one brother Samuel Bell, of Paxton, Il. The funeral services were held in the front yard of his earthly home. He was surrounded by the boys in blue, his comrades of the local post of the Grand Army of the Republic. On the portico of the cottage were the aged wife, the children, and others near of kin, and friends and neighbors. They took him to the old Waggoner Cemetery in the country, and there they consigned the precious remains to the dust. (undated) Gibson City Courier 7-28-1911


CYNTHIA A. BERKLER
8-13-1957 - 2-1-2001
Services: Monday, February 5, 2001 11 a.m.
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: the Rev. Rebecca Jelensky
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Tim Fitzwilliam
Allen Lindsay
Ed Boerman
Steve Beal
Stan Poplawski
Billy Lindsay
Jimmy Vehrs
Tony Beal
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BIDWELL, Clara Frances McNarny - 88, of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Gibson City and Bayles Lake, died Monday 12-30-2002 at Hernando Pasco Hospice Care Center, Brooksville, Fla. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Firday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon - 2 p.m. Friday 1-4-03 at the funeral home. Mrs. Bidwell was born 4-1-1914 at Gibson City, a daughter of Frank and Clara Rick Cooper. She married Charles E. McNarny. He died in December 1976. She married Charles W.. Bidwell on 4-21-1979 at Champaign. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two stepsons, Patrick McNarny of Longansport, Ind., and Jack Bidwell of St. Joseph; a stepdaughter, Pamela Grubb of Champaign; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marillyn Cooper Utterback. Mrs. Bidwell was the paymaster at Central Soya in Gibson City for 26 years. She was a captain in the Women's Army Corps during WWII. She was a member of the Mariner United Methodist Church in Florida and a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. She was a member of Women's Army Corps Chapter 97 in Hernando County Fla., and the Brookridge Golf and Country Club She made a hole in one in 1987 and was former ladies' golf champion at the Lakeview County Club in Loda. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BIELFELDT, Willard E. - 49, of Gibson City, formerly of Anchor, died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday 2-17-1998 at his residence.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery Americn Legion Post 568.
Mr. Bielfeldt was born 4-5-1948 in Bloomington, a son of Junior and Doris M. Reinhart Bielfeldt. He married Barbara J. Herrli 9-9-1972 in Anchor. She survives.
Other survivors include his parents, Anchor; one daughter, Jill C. Bielfeldt, Gibson City; two sons, John C. Bielfeldt and Kyle A. Bielfeldt both of Gibson City; two sister, Alma (Gabi) Farran, Colfax, and Joyce (Terry) Hutchcraft, Gibson City; and one brother, Paul Bielfeldt, Anchor. His maternal and paternal grandparents preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BIRKEY, EARL M. - The funeral of Earl M. Birkey, 81, Gibson City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher. He died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday 5-8-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Birkey; three sons, Richard Birkey, Rossville; Vernon Birkey, Lake Lure, NC; and Robert Birkey, Omaha, Neb; two sisters, Lois Bachman, Matamora, and Eleanor Birkey Champaign; two brothers, Harlan Birkey, Rantoul, and Leslie Birkey, Foosland; 11 grand-children; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was born 5-10-1914 in Danvers, a son of Joe C. and Ida Zehr Birkey. He married Dorothy P. Weaver 9-2-1937 in Fisher. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

EARL BIRKEY Gibson City - Earl Birkey, 81, of Gibson City died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday 5-8-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana

BIRKY, LEWIS A., 88, of Gibson City, died at 6:08 p.m. Thursday, 6-24-1999 at his residence. His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher.
Mr. Birky was born 3-13-1911 in Foosland, a son of Chris and Magdalena Cender Birky. He married Eunice Good 2-14-1942 in Rantoul. She survives.
Other survivors include on daughter, Jennie Lynn (Mac) Kornelsen, Aurora, CO.; and one son, Douglas Roy (Carolyn) Birky, Sidney. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Mark and James Kornelsen; and Joseph, Luke and Sarah Birky. A daughter, Rita Sue Birky; a sister, Martha Yoder; one brother, Harvey Birky; and an infant brother preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

LEWIS BIRKY Gibson City - Lewis Birky died 6-24-1999

RAY L. BLISSARD
3-26-1914 - 9-2-1993
Services: Saturday, 9-4-1993 11:00 a.m.
1st Christian Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Philip N. Curran
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
Honorary Pallbearers:
Wilbur Schertz
Edmund Brandt
Warren Walters
John Kaufman
Active Pallbearers
Harold Christiensen
Howard Nettleton
Charles Metz
Harold Medler
James Summers
Harold Young
(Lamb Funeral Home)

Blissard, Ray
Ray L. Blissard, age 79 of rural Gibson City died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 1993 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.
His funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the service Saturday.

[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BOMA, JUNE - Dorothy June Marsh Boma, 83, of Piper City, died at 11:20 a.m. Saturday 4-7-2001 at OSF St. Joseph's Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Presbyterian Church, Piper City, with the Rev. Dori Dana Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Brenton Cemetery, Piper City.
She was born 6-15-1917 in Fairbury, the daughter of Claude and Bertha Lester Marsh. She is survived by her son, Douglas Ray Mylcraine, San Francisco, CA. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Margo Eshleman Head, Windlakes, WI; and Marcia Eshleman Miller, Harrisburg, NC (**typist note: the rest of obit was destroyed.) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BOND, CARL - ..... DIES WHLE PLOWING FIELD..... Services for Carl Cecil Bond, 61, were conducted Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Gholson funeral home with the Rev. William Odor officiating. Interment was made in Gibson City (Drummer Twp) Cemetery, in Gibson City, Il. 30 miles north of Champaign. Graveside services were held about 4 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson City.
Mr. Bond was found dead Monday afternoon, slumped over on a tractor, which he had been operating in a neighbor's field near his home. A coroner's inquest ruled death from natural causes. He had been in poor heald for some time. A neighbor found him around mid-afternoon. Bond evidently suffered a heart seizure while plowing in the field.
Mr. Bond was born 10-3-1897, the son of John E. and Edith M. Davis Bond in Aden. On 12-10-1946 he married Laura Jenson in Champaign. He attended school in Hamilton County. He was a veteran of WWII, and was a member of the American Legion in McLeansboro. Mr. Bond was a member of the Aden General Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Laura (Jenson) Bond; one daughter, Delores Vaughn of Paxton, Il; and two sisters, Agnes Shriefer of Gilman and Ella Hutchcraft of Gibson City. Also surviving are three grandchildren. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Bond, Mrs. Elizabeth - wife of James Bond, died Feb. 24, 1872. [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]


BOND, LAURA (JENSEN) - 60, died at 6:45 p.m. Friday at Hamilton Memorial Hospital in McLeansboro, where she had been a patient for one day. She was a former Gibson City resident, and had lived in McLeansboro since 1949. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Gholson Funeral Home at McLeansboro, The Rev. Merle Melton will officiate. She will be brought to the Lamb Funeral Home at Gibson City Monday noon, where services will be at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Gibson City (Drummer Twp) Cemetery. She was born in Gibson City 6-13-1902, daughter of Jens and Rasmine Nelson Jensen. She married Carl Bond, who died 4-27-1959. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Kate Davis and Mrs. Mary Svedlund, both of Gibson City. One sister and two brothers preceded her in death. She was a member of the McLeansboro Christian Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


BORCHERS, GAMALIA W. - aged 78, of Peoria, formerly of Gibson City, died at 10:47 a.m. yesterday (2-27-1990) at Proctor Community Hospital, Peoria. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]. (partial obit)


BOWEN, Charles - The funeral of CHARLES E. "CHAD" BOWEN, 84, of Sequin, TX, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. patrick Cox will officiate. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington.
Mr. Bowen died at 11:20 a.m. Saturday 3-7-1992 at Seguin-Guadeloupe Hospital, Seguin, TX. He was born 11-19-1907 at Fargo, ND a son of William James and Clarabelle Preston Bowen. He married Irene M. Beck 10-1-1929 at Paxton. She died 2-16-1975.
Survivors include three sons; Charles, Trueman, Texas; Sherman, Gibson City; and Ronald, Bismarck; one sister, Tillie O'Neal, Gibson City; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Two brothers, two sisters and two grandsons preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BRANSON, JEFFERY L. - 17, Gibson City, was dead at 3:10 a.m. Saturday at Gibson Community Hospital. Details of his death appear on page A2.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. James B. Bortell officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City. He was born 3-23-1964 at Gibson City, a son of Jack and Susie Aaron Branson.
Surviving are his mother, Gibson City; two sisters, Jackie Naugle, Laundale, and Debbie Harsha, Mechanicsburg; and his paternal grandfather, Charles Branson, Gibson City. His father preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BRAUMAN, Belle A. - 94, of Piper City died at 3:20 a.m. Monday 12-16-2002 at Greenbrier Health Care Center, Piper City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Piper City, the Rev. Randall L. Robinson will officiate. Burial will be at Brenton Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Wednesday at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, and at the church one hour prior to the funeral. She was born 8-8-1908, in Southern Illinois, a daughter of Rev. Francis and Leonra White Fink. She married Carl W. Brauman 6-30-1925 at Kankakee. He died 9-10-1975. Survivors include a daughter, Camilla Harford, Piper City; a son-in-law, Stuart Briggs, Bradenton, Fla.; two granddaughters, Jill (Mark) Arends, Gibson City; and Holly (Steve) Rorem, Port Orange, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren,. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mavoureen Briggs; one grandson, Scott C. Iten; four brothers and one sister. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Piper City, the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 217, Watseka, and was past worthy matron of the Piper City chapter. She belonged to various card clubs and enjoyed sewing, knitting and crafts. Memorials may be made to Gibson Are Hospital Foundation or United Methodist Church, Piper City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


BRIGGS, MARY I. - The funeral for Mary I. Briggs, 76, of Gibson City will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson and the Rev. Al Schneck will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She died at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday 3-7-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City.

EDGAR T. BROCK
12-8-1898 to 4-29-1987
Services: Saturday, May 2, 1987
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Clarence A. Bangs
Burial: Willowbrook Cemetery, Fisher, Il
Pallbearers:
Terry Lowery
Steve Foster
Paul Mooney
Stanley Leonard
Wayne Apperson
Bud Barnes
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BROWN, DOROTHY M. - 93, of Paxton died at 6:30 a.m. yesterday (11-27-1991) at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Doug Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mrs. Brown was born 5-14-1898 in Aden, a daughter of Gregg and Harriett Daily Smith. She married George H. Brown on 8-5-1916 in Aden. He survives. Other survivors include three sons, LeRoy M., Paxton, Ernest E., Gibson City, and Robert L. Rantoul; three daughters, Edna Marie Anderson, Lexington, Dorothy Christiansen, Memphis, TN and Flossie Mae Brucker, Sibley; two sister, Muriel Rich, Wayne City, and Laura Ballard, Peoria; one half sister, Juanita Murtal, McLeansboro; one half brother, Clyde Smith, Henderson KY; 21 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, one sister and two brothers. Mrs. Brown attended Aden schools and moved to the Gibson City area in 1924. She and her husband had lived in Paxton since 1950. She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church, Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BROWN, GEORGE H. - 95, of Paxton, died at 8:50 a.m. yesterday 2-10-1992 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Doug Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born 3-4-1896, in Aden (Hamilton County), a son of William H. and Emma Davis Brown. He married Dorothy M. Smith, his wife of 75 years, 8-5-1916, in Aden. She died 11-27-1991. Also surviving are three sons, LeRoy M., Paxton; Ernest E. Gibson City; and Robert L., Rantoul; three daughters, Edna Marie Anderson, Lexington; Dorothy Christiansen, Memphis, TN.; and Flossie Mae Brucker, Sibley; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lydia Crisel, Mount Vernon. He was preceded in death by two sons, two brothers, and one sister. Mr. Brown spent his early years in Aden, where he attended school. He was president of Paxton Cornbelt Store from 1951 to 1965 and member of the Southern Baptist Church of Paxton. Memorials may be made to his church or Gibson Community Hospital Building Fund. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BROWN, Grace - 75, of Paxton, died at 10:50 a.m. Saturday 12-21-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, after a short illness. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, Ludlow, with the Rev. Sidney Crowcroft officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was Monday from 4 - 8 p.m. at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, and at the church Tuesday one hour before the service. Mrs. Brown was born 5-11-1927 at Fairfield, the daughter of John and Irene Moody Shorb. She married Leonard L. Hill in 1945 at Paxton. He died in 1976. She married Clinton J. Brown 8-18-1979 at Paxton. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Peggy (Dennis) Arnold of San Diego, Calif., and Marcia (Chris) Berry of Claremont, Callif., one grandson, Tom Berry and one granddaughter, Anne Berry both of Claremont, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers. Mrs. Brown moved to the Ludlow area at an early age and to the Paxton vicinity in the early 1940's. She attended Ludlow country schools and Paxton High School. At one time she was employed in food service at the West Lawn School in Paxton and at Chanute Air Force Base in computer typing of military instructors manuals. She was a member of the Ludlow United Methodist Church, Prospect Chapter No 367, OES at Paxton and the NARFE. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting. Memorials may be made to her church or the Provena Covenant Hospice Program, Urbana. [PAXTON RECORD, 12-24-02, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BRUNS, RUTH A. - 68, a long-time resident of Paxton, died suddenly Sunday 12-1-2002 at 1:15 p.m. at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Sally Meyer officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was Tuesday from 5 - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. She was born 6-19-1934, in rural Rankin, the daughter of John and Katherine G. Bartell Bruns. She will be remembered by many as a caring and loving person. She considered it a privilege to help others and delivered meals to shut-ins through the Peace Meal program for many years. She was a life-long member of the First Lutheran Church of Paxton, and was baptized as an infant and confirmed when she was 14. She was a member of the Ruth Circle of the church. She graduated from Paxton High School and was employed by the Eisner Company, Champaign, in the bookkeeping department. She retired from the University of Il. in 1994. She had a number of hobbies, one of which was collecting angels. Surviving are one brother, Elmer Bruns, Lake Charles, La.; four sisters, Bernice Bruns, Gertrude Decker and Marie Hitz, all of Paxton, and Jeanette Tibaka, Madison, Wis.; and eight nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Paxton, or a chairty of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record/Times, 12-4-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BRUNS,
RUTH A.- Funeral services for Ruth A. Bruns, who died 12-1-2002 were Dec 4 at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Sally Meyer officiating. Organist was Caroline Blobaum, and vocalist was Brian Ronna. Burial was in Glen Cemetery. Paxton. Pallbearers were Frank Bruns, C.M.Tabaka, John Bruns, Daniel Tabaka and Marc Decker. [PAXTON RECORD 12-18-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LORENE E. BUILTA
3-28-1921 to 5-20-1999
Services: Monday, 5-24-1999 10:30 a.m.
Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Paul Thomason
Burial: East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher, Il
Pallbearers:
Wesley Springer
Leon Springer
Ed Springer
Alan Bruehl
Jeffrey Bruehl
Kevin Heiser
Lance Heiser
Brian Heiser
J. Roger Bruehl
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].


BUKOWSKI, Marion - 87, of Gibson City died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday (12-28-1999) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Wayne Shelksohn officiating. She will be cremated.
Mrs. Bukowski was born 2-14-1912, in Litchfield, the daughter of Harry and Florence Moore Coultas. She was raised by Michael and Margaret Malone. She married Leroy Bukowski on 2-23-1947 in Keokuk, Iowa. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, David (Pam) Bukowski, Saybrook; one daughter, Peg Bane, Gibson City; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents; Michael and Margaret Malone; one brother; one sister; one grandson; one son; and one daughter. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

BARNETT, JOHN W. "BILL" - 74, of Gibson City, died at 3:25 p.m. Wednesday 9-18-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 3 - 5 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Sunday at the Church. Mr. Barnett was born 3-12-1928, at Hindsboro, a son of John W. and Lena Pribble Barnett. He married Elizabeth Anna Flesner on 12-26-1959, at Flatville. She died 10-2-2000. Surviving are two sons, Larry (Penny) Barnett, Gibson City; and John (Lee Ann) Barnett, Saybrook; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, Jim Barnett, Gifford; and one sister, Marge Douglas, Hindsboro. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Mr. Barnett had lived in Gibson City since 1973. He retired from Arends and Sons in Gibson City in 1993. He was a member of American Lutheran Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or American Lutheran Church......Funeral services for JOHN W. "BILL" BARNETT, who died 9-18-2002 were Sunday afternoon at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Maurice Copher, Todd Sommer, Bob Ackerman, Brad Fairfield, Bob Douglas and John W. Barnett. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BENNETT, ANNA CLARICE (FOLEY)- 92, of Gibson City, died at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday 9-15-1998 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with an Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Mrs. Bennett was born 2-18-1906, at Webbs Cross Roads, Ky., the daughter of Joesriah and Sally Roberts Foley. She married Leonard Y. Bennett 2-19-1922 at Tarter, Ky. He preceded her in death 10-28-1990. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter. Survivors include two sons, Leonard R. Bennett of Williamburg, Pa., and Richard R. Bennett of Gibson City; one daughter, Dorothy A. Rudolph of Gibson City; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one brother, Joseph Foley of Indianapolis. A resident of Gibson City most of her life, she was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City; Drummer Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and a Past Worthy Matron; a charter member of the Blackford Club and of the American Legion Auxiliary. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BENNETT, RUBY MARIE (RUTLEDGE) - 49, of Danville, formerly of Gibson City, died at 2:04 a.m. yesterday, June 30, 1985 at the Lake View Medical Center, Danville. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry and Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with an Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. She was born 8-31-1935 in Paxton, the daughter of Glenn and Irene Barnes Rutledge. Her father survives in Gibson City. Also surviving are one son, James R. Bennett, Sidell; two brothers, Charles, Gibson City and Howard, Elliott.; one sister, Maurine Ogle, Loda; and one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by three brothers, two infant brothers and two sisters. She was a member of the Gibson City Methodist Church and the Gibson City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Memorials may be made to the church, the Kidney Foundation, or Diabetes Foundation. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BENISON, SHIRLEY A. (BANE) - 44, of Gibson City, died at 7:25 a.m. yesterday 2-16-1983 in Burnham City Hospital, Champaign. Death due to natural causes. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. James Bortell officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation is from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She was born 1-4-1939 in Arrowsmith, the daughter of Gordon and Zelma Holler Bane. Surviving are her mother, Gibson City, a daughter, Teri Collins, Gibson City; two sons, Willard J., Jr., Saybrook; and Tracy A. at home; two grandchildren; a brother, Gordan W. Bane, Jr., Bradenton, Fl.; six sisters Janite Barnes, Gibson City; Patsy Askew, Normal; Melody Cochran, Normal; Carolyn Larson, Country Club Hills; Dixie Thomas, Champaign; and Barbara Frederick, Birmingham, Ala. A grandchild preceded her in death. She was a licensed practical nurse, graduating in 1966 from the Champaign School of Nursing. She was employed as an LPN for 16 years in the Gibson Community Hospital. Mrs. Benison was a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary of Gibson City and a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Gibson City. She was a member of Gibson City Methodist Church. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BERGER, PAUL F. - 64, Route 1, Paxton, Ford County supervisor of asssessments, died at 3 p.m. Sunday 10-9-1983 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the United Methodist Church, Elliott, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Berger was born 6-1-1919 near Elliott, a son of Joseph P. and Agnes Punke Berger. He married Margaret Smallwood 3-9-1947 in Saybrook. She preceded him in death 9-26-1965. He married Ouida Kelley Hinton 11-30-1969, at Pine Bluff, Ark. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Randy Berger of Elliott, Ricky Berger of Gibson City and Warren Hinton of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Sandra Hinton Arthur of Tuba City, Ariz.; five grandchildren; a brother Joseph W. Berger, Charleston; and a sister, Dorothea Kain of Rantoul. Mr. Berger was a lifetime Elliott area resident. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Elliott, and a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Board. He served two terms as Dix Twp supervisor. He had served as Ford County supervisor of assessments since May of 1969. He farmed for 40 years near Elliott. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BERGSTROM, AUGUST - b. 2-21-1852 Parish of Berghems, Sweden m. 11-5-1880 in Sweden to Anna B. Johnson d. 5-5-1912 age 60 years 2 mos 14 days parents: His early boyhood days were spent at the home in the old country. Came to America, along with his wife in 1881. They settled in Gibson City, later at Foosland, Il., where they resided for a year and a half, returning to Gibson City. Survived by his wife, Anna B. Johnson Bergstrom; sons, Edward, Hampton, and Claude of Gibson City; three daughters, Mrs. Beda Guttrick of Chicago; Mrs. Amelia Keyer of Racine, Wis.; Auda of Gibson City; two grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters living in Sweden. (from Gibson Courier, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft])

BERKLER, CYNTHIA A. SNEVELY - 43, of Gibson City died at 2:50 a.m. Thursday 2-1-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. February 5 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. February 4 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Tim Fitzwilliam, Stan Poplawski, Ed Boerman, Steve Beal, Jimmy Vehrs, Allen Lindsay, Billy Lindsay and Tony Beal. Mrs. Berkler was born 8-13-1957 at Joliet a daughter of James Snevely and Patricia Thieben. She married Charles B. Berkler on 5-24-1986 at Lockport. Survivors include her husband, Charles B. Berkler of Gibson City; two sons, Charles Berkler II, at home and Justin Butler of TN; two step-daughters, April Robin Flannery of Springfield and Robin Long of Saunemin; four grandchildren; her mother, Patricia Thieben of Joliet; her father, James Snevely of Joliet; her step-father, Stanley Poplawski of Lockport; her mother-in-law, Eliene Loeschen of Lockport; one brother, James Snevely III of Joliet; and three sisters, Tammy Snevely of Joliet, Pamela Vehrs of Braidwood and Tina Snevely of Hartselle, AL. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Formerly of Lockport, Mrs. Berkler has lived in Gibson City for nine years. She worked at the Shepherd's Closet and helped with the Food Pantry, both in Gibson City. An avid outdoors person, she enjoyed camping and fishing. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BERKLER, D. LaVONNE MURRAY - age 73 of Gibson City died at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday 5-20-1998 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Memorial graveside services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with Kirk Redding officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. The family received friends after the service at the family home in Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Berkler was born 2-20-1925 at Gibson City, a daughter of Welby and Ethel Hanson Murray. She married Frank Berkler on 8-22-1940 at St. Louis, Mo. Survivors include her husband, Frank Berkler of Gibson City; two daughters, Ruth Ellen Stanley of Mahomet and Sheila Voyles of Ogden; two granddaughters, Angela D. Jones of Urbana and Teresa Lynn Sumner of Melbourne, Fl; four great-granddaughters, two sisters, Marilyn Zander of Gibson City and Helen Redding of Fisher. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Berkler was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Auxiliary in Gibson City. [Paxton Record/Times, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BETHARD, FLORENCE I. (HOUT) ROPP UNZICKER - 85, a Gibson City resident for more than 60 years, died at 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, 4-23-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital. Mrs. Bethard, a resident of Gibson Manor, had suffered a heart attack, said Robert Boyce, Ford County coroner. He will conduct an inquiry. Services were Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Richard Hilgendorf, George Crowe, William Crouch, and Ernest Hillard. Mrs. Bethard was born 3-11-1900 at Altamont, a daughter of James Lewellyn and Ora Baker Hout. She married Walter Ropp in 1919 in Lovington. Her marriage to John Unzicker was in 1945 in Joliet. He died in 1953. She married Francis Bethard in 1959 in Paxton. He died 8-18-1982. Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Hillard, Fulton, Mo., and Virginia Crouch, Gibson City; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Bethard graduated in 1918 from Lovington High School and moved to Gibson City in 1920. She was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and a Sunday school teacher for many years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLANCHARD, HAZEL B. BOND - age 95 of Ormund Beach, Florida died at 12:40 a.m. Thursday, 8-27-1998 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Paxton. Private graveside services were held at 11 a.m. August 28 at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arranements. Mrs. Blanchard was born 10-6-1902 at rural Melvin, a daughter of John Chester and Ida Elizabeth Kief Bond. She married Russell Eggleston in 1920. He died in 1930. She then married Fred C. Grams in 1936. He died 12-9-1949. In 1953 she married Ray Blanchard in Florida. He preceded here in death in 1960. Survivors include one sister, Cletus Thackeray of Melvin; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by one brother and one infant sister. Mrs. Blanchard formerly lived in Evanston, Melvin and Gibson City. She was a legal secretary for many years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, WILLIAM HENRY - was the son of Peter and Sarah Blissard. He was born on a farm near Fisher in Champaign County, Il. 1-3-1866 and died at his country home in Dix township, Ford County, Il. 12-13-1918, aged 52 years, 10 months and 13 days. His death was due to an attack of Spanish influenza and pneumonia, and his illness was very brief. Death came at 9:30 o'clock in the evening. The funeral was held at the home on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. N.W. Evans, pastor of the Christian Church of Gibson City. Mr. Blissard received his boyhood education in the public schools of the neighborhood, after which he finished at Champaign. He taught school for a few years and then took up the occupation of farming, which he continued until his death. He was a very capable and successful farmer and the prosperity which crowned his efforts was well earned. In young manhood he became a Christian and joined the Christian Church at Fisher. He continued in the Christian faith until the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Chloe Louella Warfield, 4-4-1895, who survives him. To their union were born five children, Rollin Prime, Bessie Madge, Emerson Bruce, William Russell and Earl Vance, all living at home. He is also survived by his aged mother, now Mrs. G. Bieghle; two sisters, Mrs. W.J. Morris of this neighborhood, and Mrs. I.J. Knapp of Earl, Ark.; and one brother, Jay B. Blissard of the Gibson City neighborhood. His father, one brother and three sisters have preceded him in death. Mr. Blissard was a loving husband and indulgent father, and his absence from the home will be sorely missed. It was his chief wish that his children might grow to useful and happy citizenship, and that they might have the good things of life. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, CHLOE WARFIELD - 95 - victim of fire - one of Gibson City's oldest residents. b. 2-25-1870 Bellflower parents: William and Margaret Primm Warfield m. 4-4-1895 near Gibson City to William Blissard d. 1965 (**typist notes indicate fire at Jake & Kate's in downtown Gibson City was 4-14-1965 - her apartment was over the restaurant where she had lived for 19 years.) bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery survivors: one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Zimmerman of Gibson City three sons: Rollin, Russell, and Earl of Gibson City 11 grandchildren 17 great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, EARL V. - 68, died at 7:45 p.m. Monday (8-31-1976) at his home. He had been under a doctor's care. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Beck Memorial Home, (Bloomington, Il.?) Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery Gibson City. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. He was born 11-29-1907 in Gibson City, a son of William and Chloe Warfield Blissard. He married Olive A. Speers 7-8-1933 in Bloomingdale, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Rex, at home; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Zimmerman, Gibson City; two brothers, Rollin and Russell both of Gibson City, and two granddaughters. A brother preceded him in death. He was retired from Corn Belt Mill Gibson City and a member of the First Christian Church, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, OLIVE A. SPEERS - Bloomington, died Tuesday (1982). Graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There will be no visitation. Beck Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements. She was born 12-16-1909 at Gibson City, a daughter of William R. and Alice Smith Speers. She married Earl V. Blissard 7-8-1933, in Indiana. He died 8-31-1976. Surviving are a son, Rex L., Bloomington; a sister, Helen Preston, Aurora, Colo.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, FRANCES E. POPLETT - 87, a resident of Moweaqua Nursing Center and an 80-year resident of Gibson City, died at 7:50 a.m. Thursday 4-11-1991 at the nursing center. Her funeral was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 4 - 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Harold Freund, Tom Chase, Robert Rudolf, James Chase, Jon Whitaker and Jon Freund. Mrs. Blissard was born 4-16-1903 at Guthrie, a daughter of Albert T. and Merida M. Thompson Poplett. She married Rollin P. Blisssard on 8-9-1920 in Paxton. He preceded her in death of December 29, 1982. Survivors include two sons, Hubert of West Frankfort and Robert of Schofield, Wi.; three daughters, Luetta Malone, Blue Mound; Kathryn Chase, Kankakee; and Roberta Bresette of Roscommon, Michigan; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren and 14 step-great-great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death. Known to friends in the community as "Grandma" she was a 75-year member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City; Rebekah Lodge; Royal Neighbors of America; and the Woman's Relief Corp. Memorials may be made to her church or to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disosrders Association. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, WILLIAM RUSSELL - 89, Gibson City, died at 6:34 a.m. Tuesday 12-5-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Phillip N. Curran and the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton will be from 5 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice; Gibson Community Hospital Annex; or the First Christian Church. Survivors include one daughter, Donna Poe, Gibson City; two sons, Rowe, Strawn; and John, Gibson City; eight grandchildren; and three great-grand-children. His parents, one daughter, one sister and three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Blissard was born 3-14-1906, near Gibson City, a son of William H. and Chloe L. Warfield Blissard. He married Gladys E. Kuntz 12-25-1930 in Gibson City. She died 6-30-1994. He was a resident of Gibson City all of his life and retired from farming in 1981. He was a life member of the First Christian Church and served on the church board for many years. He was also a member of Sibley Sportsmen Club and served on the Gibson City Telecare Board. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BLISSARD, GLADYS E. KUNTZ - 88, of Gibson City died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday 6-30-1994 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Blissard was born 9-26-1905, at Strawn, a daughter of John L. and Mary Pauline Schroen Kuntz. She married William Russell Blissard 12-25-1930 at Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Rowe, Strawn; and John, Gibson City; one daughter, Donna Poe, Gibson City; one brother, Bernard Kuntz, LaMesa Calif.; two sisters, Elsie Stallard, Gibson City; and Hazel Geiger, Strawn; eight grand-children and three great-grandchildren. One daughter, five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Blissard was a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area. She was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City, and the Blackford Club of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the church or to Gibson Community Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BATTERTON, BEULAH O. BURNETT - 80, of Gibson City died at 1 a.m. yesterday 8-8-1987 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating. Burial in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 9-2-1906, in Saybrook, Il. the daughter of Edward and Minnie Smith Burnett. She married Monnie Wagonseller 10-7-1925 at Paxton. She married Hugh Batterton 2-22-1956 in Bloomington. He died 4-12-1974. Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn Goin and Marjorie Brotherton both of Gibson City; a stepson, Durrell Batterton, Colfax; a stepdaughter, Eileen Buzard, Lexington; four sisters, Mabel Meiners, Bloomington; Verna Warsaw, Saybrook; Florence Fasking, Normal; and Dorothy Jourdan, Elmhurst; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A son and two grandchildren preceded her in death. She was a Gibson City resident for 10 years and a member of Saybrook First Christian Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BEASLEY, BARBARA L. PRICHARD - 68, of Gibson City, formerly of Bayles Lake, died at 1:04 a.m. yesterday 7-25-1992 at the Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. She was born 7-10-1924, in Girard, a daughter of Albert and Bertha Kible Prichard. She married Casper Beasley 2-20-1942, at St. Charles, Mo. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Greg, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Kay Reitz, Gibson City; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. She was a resident of Bayles Lake for 12 years before moving to Gibson City. She worked for Growmark in Bloomington for 15 years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BECKER, FRANCES E. RIBLET - 85, of Lowell, Indiana, formerly of Gibson City and Paxton, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday 1-11-1985 at Health Care Nursing Home, Lowell, Indiana. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Gregory White officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be an hour before the service Monday at the funeral home. She was born 1-28-1899, at Gibson City, a daughter of Charles and Mary Riley Riblet. She married Lester Torrence, who preceded her in death. She then married Louis F. Becker. He died 10-12-1963. Surviving are one son, Robert Torrence, Cedar Lake, Ind.; one daughter Doris Yockey, Hammond, Ind.; one sister, LaVerna Remley Davis, Gifford; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A stepsister preceded her in death. Mrs. Becker was a member of Royal Neighbors of America and the American Legion Auxiliary of Thornton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BEDEL, MARY J. ANDERSON - 65, of rural Gibson City died at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday 4-7-1998 at her residence. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 10 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall L. Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Friday. A Women of the Moose ceremony was held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Harold Livingston, Floyd Monical, Don Williams, Melvin Fischer, Dick Jardine and Don Jensen. Mrs. Bedel was born 8-22-1932 at Gibson City a daughter of Andrew and Anna Robinson Anderson. She married Delmar Bedel on 2-10-1952 at Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Delmar Bedel of rural Gibson City; four sons, Grant (Tamee) Bedel of rural Saybrook; Lucas Young of Peoria; Mike Bily of Mahomet and Steve Bily of Mattoon; five daughters, Nancy Abbey of Bloomington; Claudia (Darrell) Chase of Gibson City; Karen (Brian Cox) of Gibson City and Susan (Steve) Lee of Sycamore; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Langhoff of Mentor Ohio and Dorothy Beckstead of Murray, Utah; two brothers, John Anderson of Florence, Oregon and Clarence Anderson of Peoria; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, one brother and her parents. A resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life, Mrs. Bedel was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Royal Neighbors, Gibson City Moose Lodge and the Friendly Circle Club. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BEESLEY, DALE W. - 76, of Gibson City, died at 3:35 a.m. Tuesday 12-28-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mr. Beesley was born 10-8-1923 in Orio, the son of Raymond C. and Henrietta H. Risley Beesley. He married Pauline Deischer on 7-23-1944 in Orio. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Greg (Kandy) Beesley, Fisher; one daughter, Sue (Stephen) Byes, Peru, Ind.; two sisters, Doris Gill, Berea KY.; and Alicia Wilmot, Demascus, MD.; two brothers, Charles E. Beesley, Cincinnati; and William R. Beesley, Mount Carmel, and three granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BELL, MALINDA J. MOTT - age 104 of Gibson City died at 12:20 p.m. Monday, 6-25-2001 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Clarence Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. A private visitation will be held. Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Barry Schlickman, Shawn Schlickman, Tim Lantz, Chad Lantz, Matt Bell and Tyler Bell. Mrs. Bell was born 5-11-1897 at Palmyra, Indiana a daughter of Asa B. and Eva Stucker Mott. She married Clarence I. Bell on 3-5-1917 at New Albany, Indiana. He died 3-11-1969. Survivors include one son, Robert "Buzz" (Darlene) Bell of Gibson City; one daughter, Marie Woodward of Gibson City; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren ; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, five brothers, three sisters, and one grandson. Mrs. Bell and her husband farmed together for many years in the Gibson City area. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BELL, SUSAN M. HABERKORN - 35, of Gibson City died at 3:47 a.m. Thursday 1-11-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Sunday, January 14 at the funeral home and for one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. Pallbearers included Mike Hastings, Mark Davis, John Ferguson, Darrell Lee, Chad Riggleman and Lee Schunke. Mrs. Bell was born 1-19-1960 at Fairbury, a daughter of John Henry and Mary Frances Blackburn Haberkorn. She married John W. Bell on 8-19-1995 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Joshua Wade Schunke and Christopher Marshall Schunke, both of Gibson City; her father, John Henry Haberkorn of Chatsworth; one brother, Michael Haberkorn of Huntington Beach, Ca; two sisters, Lois Pryor of Garden Grove, CA and Mary Bender of Parker, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her mother. A 1978 graduate of Chatsworth High School, she was employed at Baltimore Aircoil for 7 years, retiring in November 1995. She has been a resident of Gibson City since June 1995. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BENNETT, LEONARD Y. - died at 12:37 p.m. Sunday 10-28-1990 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Revs Patrick W. Cox and Barbara Escarraz will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7:45 tonight. He was born 11-23-1902, in Roley, Ky., a son of Mont and Eva Jones Bennett. He married Clarice Foley on 2-19-1922, in Tarter, Ky. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Leonard L., Williamsburg, Pa., and Richard, Gibson City; one daughter, Dorothy Rudolph, Gibson City; one sister, Shirley Foley, Indianapolis, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Bennett moved to Illinois in 1922. He was a lifelong farmer in the Gibson City area. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Gibson City; Gibson City Masonic Lodge, where he served as past master; Bloomington Consistory; and Order of Eastern Star, Gibson City, where he was past worthy patron. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BUESS, Doris R. Meyer - age 81, of Melvin, formerly of Sibley, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, 12-21-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 1 p.m. December 24 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley with the Reverend Bob Kinas officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. December 23 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church. Pallbearers were Don Armstrong, Pat Rubenacker, Greg Tjarks, Rick Gentes, Tim Fillenwarth and Tom Barrow. Mrs. Buess was born 10-14-1921 at Cropsey, a daughter of Harold and Clella Carter Hall. She married Walter (Bud) Meyer on 12-17-1939 in Fairbury. He died 4-11-1983. She married George W. Buess on 8-10-1996 and he survives. Other survivors include four sons, Dennis (Connie) Meyer of Minooka, Daniel Meyer of Woodruff, WI., Donald (Joni) Meyer of Minooka and Randy (Beth) Meyer of Sibley; five stepsons, Robert (Celis) Buess of Evanston, William Buess of San Diego, CA., Tom Buess of Brookfield, Jim Buess of Miami, FL., Peter Buess of Las Vegas, Nev.; three stepdaughters, Jean (Jeff) Mallory of Wheaton, Elizabeth (Lance) Rhodes of Downers Grove and Ellen (John) Cole of Phoenix, AZ; four brothers, Darrell Hall of Colfax, Dean (Katherine) Hall of Morton, Don (Joan) Hall of Cropsey and Ray (Toshi) Hall of Quinlan TX; two sisters, Edith Smith of Oklahoma City, OK and Shirley (John) Foster of Chenoa; five granadchildren; two great-grandchildren and 11 step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Dorothy Cline Dalton. Mrs. Buess and her first husband Walter J. "Bud: Meyer operated Meyer Custom Harvesting and Meyer Repair in Sibley. Mrs. Buess operated the grocery store in Sibley for many years and later worked at the Gibson Community Hospital cafereria retiring in 1996. She and her husband Bud Meyer changed the 4th of July in Sibley forever by bringing what was in 1951 through 1958 a family and friends gathering with fireworks for the 4th of July celebration at their rural Sibley Home. The celebration grew with so many coming by their home just to see the fireworks that they brought the celebration to town in 1959. Mrs. Buess had a love for roses and did excellent needle work/cross stitch, making many newborn baby quilts and enjoyed giving them to the new parents. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley or to an organization of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAECHER, EDNA SWALLOW - 89, of Andrews, NC died Saturday 2-18-1995, at District Memorial Hospital and Nursing Facility where she had been a patient for over a year following a stroke. Mrs. Baecher was cremated. She was born 1-8-1906, near Elliott in Ford County, a daughter of James Francis and Minnie Shellman Swallow. She married Joseph Baecher and they lived in Elliott, where they owned and operated a barber and beauty shop for many years. After retirement, they moved to Andrews, NC where Mr. Baecher died in 1979. Her parents, one sister, and two brothers also preceded her in death. She leaves two nieces - Betty Jean Captinger of Sun City, Ca. and Mary Lou Wright of Gibson City, the only living children of her deceased brother, Fulton Francis Swallow; and several great nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAERLOCHER, RUTH C. CLIFTON - age 82 of Gibson City died at 10:10 a.m. Thursday, 5-13-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall L. Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. May 16 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Fred Strubhar, Robert Dean, John Dean, William Dean, Karl Dean and Eric Dean. Mrs. Baerlocher was born 6-8-1916 at Holder, a daughter of James and Margaret Ashbrook Clifton. She married Henry J. Baerlocher on 5-24-1943 at Hollywood California. He died 2-16-1988. Survivors include one sister, Bernadine Dean of Urbana and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, three sisters and one brother. Mrs. Baerlocher was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and the McDonald-Douglas Machinist Union in California. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAERLOCHER, STEVEN H. - The funeral of STEVEN H. BAERLOCHER, age 43 of Chatsworth, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. The Reverend Dan Hill will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 7 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include John Dean, Philip Dean, Eric Dean, Mike Hansen, Brad Strubhar and John York. Mr. Baerlocher was dead at 1:30 a.m. Sunday 1-23-1994 after a fire at his apartment at Third and Walnut Streets in Chatsworth. He had moved from Gibson City to Chatsworth a few days before his death. He was born 12-15-1950 in Los Angeles, a son of Henry J. and Ruth Clifton Baerlocher. Survivors include his mother of Gibson City. His father preceded him in death. Mr. Baerlocher was a machine operator for Nichols - Homeshield of Chatsworth. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAILLIE, C. DUANE - age 50 of rural Dewey died at 12 p.m. Monday, 11-11-1996 at the site of a helicopter crash at 742 East and 750 North County Road in Guthrie. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 14 at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with Pastor James Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 13 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Mr. Baillie was born 11-22-1945 at Clinton, a son of Eugene C. and Salena P. Becker Baillie. He married Peggy J. Lucht on 12-18-1965 at Danville and she survives. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Baillie of rural Dewey; two sons, Todd and Karissa Baillie of Gibson City and Aaron and Melissa Baillie of Saybrook; two daughters, Sara and Rick Thackeray of Anchor and Amy and Bruce Killian of Gibson City; his mother, Salena Baillie of Thawville, five grandchildren; three brothers, John Baillie of Piper City, Ralph Baillie of Gibson City and Mark Baillie of Thawville; two sisters, Donna Stewart of Aurora and Shirley Karpowycs of West Chicago. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Baillie was a member of the World Wide Church of God in Champaign. Formerly of Melvin, he was a resident of rural Dewey. He owned and operated Baillie's Manufacturing in Gibson City from 1969 to 1993 and has farmed for the last six years. A pilot for 10 years, he was a life line pilot. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or the Agricultural Program at the Gibson City - Melvin -Sibley High School. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAITY, KENNETH - of Elliott, Il. died 4-11-1949 of a heart attack at his home. He was born 8-23-1900, at Xenia, Il. He married in Xenia, Il. 10-14-1922 to Ora Black. Survivors are his widow and a daughter, Margaret Phillips of Paxton, Il. and a son, Joy at home; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Ada Baity of Flora, Il.; two brothers, Floyd of Flora, Il and Ivan of Salem, Il; and a sister, Mrs. Alta Thing of Flora, Il. Services were held at the U.B. Church in Elliott, Il April 13 at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BAKER, RAYMOND FRANCIS - age 60 of Bloomington, Indiana, formerly of the Forrest and Chatsworth areas, died at 2 p.m. Monday, 7-11-1994 at Bloomington Hospital, Bloomington, Indiana. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in Gibson City with Mike Schmidt officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Pallbearers were Mike Brandon, Ronald Moore, Jimmy Moore, Johnny Moore, Bobby Moore and Jim Krall. Mr. Baker was born 8-7-1933 in Chatsworth a son of Hallie and Ruth Young Baker. He married Bernita J. Moore on 6-25-1955 in Strawn. She survives in Bloomington, Indiana. Other survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Joyce Brandon of Normal; and Teresa Kay Krall of Muncie, Indiana; one brother, Richard Baker of Decatur; one sister, Leveda Flessner of Roberts; and two grandsons. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Baker was a resident of Bloomington, Indiana for almost ten years. He was a union carpenter and a member of the Church of Christ in Bloomington, Ind. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNES, RICHARD "BUD" - age 59 of Gibson City died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, 11-8-2001 at his residence in rural Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 12 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 2 - 5 p.m. November 11 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Monday. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Reiners, Randy Ashley and Gale Sunderland. Active pallbearers included Jim Barnes, Dick Adwell, Tom Foster, Mick Kingsley, John Barnhart and Jerry Oyer. Mr. Barnes was born 3-17-1942 at Bloomington, a son of Woodrow C. and Dorothy G. Leonard Barnes. He married Janite Bane on 6-20-1965 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Janite Barnes of Gibson City; one daughter, Angela (Doug) Poe of Mahomet; two sons, Tom (Kris) Barnes of Gibson City and Tim (Lyndi) Barnes of Gibson City; his mother, Dorothy Barnes of Gibson City; six grandchildren, Courtney and Ashley Poe, Jake and Bryce Barnes, Allyson and Sydnee Barnes. He was preceded in death by his father and one brother. Mr. Barnes was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Gibson City. He was an avid bow hunter and outdoorsman. He started farming when he was 16 years old. Memorials can be made to Provena Hospice or the Gibson City United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNES, CHARLES WOODROW - The funeral of CHARLES WOODROW BARNES, 73, of rural Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. The Revs. Randall Perry and Carl Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Masonic rites at 8 p.m. and from 10 - 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Mr. Barnes, a farmer in the Gibson City area for many years, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday 3-1-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 10-9-1914, in Dix Twp, Ford County, a son of Charles and Una Wood Barnes. He married Dorothy G. Leonard on 1-11-1940, in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Richard "Bud" Barnes, Gibson City; one brother, Walter, Gibson City; and five grandchildren. One son, two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. In addition to farming, Mr. Barnes drove a school bus for the local unit district. He was a member of the Gibson City Community Unit District 1 Board of Education for six years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and was a member of the board of trustees and the Ad Board of the church. He also was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733, AF & AM and the Drummer Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Memorials may be made to his church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARNES, MARY BETH KINCADE - age 44, of Gibson City died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, January 30, 1997 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 3 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmisson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, in Gibson City. Pallbearers included Robert Smitley, Gerry Donley, Bob Davis, John Davis, Gary Storm and Ron Warfield. Visitation was from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Barnes was born 1-24-1953 at Gibson City a daughter of John C and Catherine Gail Woodward Kincade. She married Eddie Barnes on 8-10-1973 at Gibson City. She is survived by her husband, Eddie Barnes of Gibson City; one son, John Michael Barnes of Bradley; two daughters, Mary Kathleen Barnes and Angela Lynn Barnes, both at home in Gibson City; her parents, John and Gail Kincade of Gibson City; one brother, Charles L. Kincade of Orange Park, Florida; four sisters, Ruth Littleton of Dewey, OK; Cathy Trotter of Fisher; Leather Ryan of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Barbara Edwards of Cofffeyville, Kansas. Mrs. Barnes lived in Gibson City for all of her life. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and the Drummer Chapter 822 OES. She was a member of the GCMS Booster Club and MADD. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital Ambulance Fund. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


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MARY V. (POTTS) BROADDUS
Mary V. Broaddus, age 76 of Gibson City died at 9:50 a.m. Thursday 7-11-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday July 16 at The First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. July 15 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Tuesday. Pallbearers were Eric Nauman, Mike Potts, Brian Potts, Steve Potts, Russ Idle and Jon Pritts. Mrs. Broaddus was born 1-31-1926 at Gibson City a daughter of Dr. Albert and Neva Newport Potts. She married Alan R. Broaddus on 6-24-1951 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 3-7-1973. Survivors include one son, Richard (Joan) Broaddus of Saybrook; one daughter, Ruth (Rick) Rhodes of Monticello; four grandchildren, Amanda and Alan Broaddus and Mitchell and Allison Rhodes; one brother, Charles Potts of Oswego and two sisters, Doris Idle of Bartlett and Alice Nauman of Sacramento, CA. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lee Potts and Dr. Joseph Potts. Mrs. Broaddus received her bachelor of science degree in education from Illinois State University. She was a science teacher at Gibson City High School for 34 years, retiring in 1987. A member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City, Mrs. Broaddus was a member of the church choir and many other church activities. Mrs. Broaddus was a member of the Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary where she served on the nursing scholarship committee. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational sorority. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Gibson Area Hospital.

ALBERT WAYNE BROCK
Albert Wayne Brock, 85, of Rockford, formerly of Benton, Ky and Gibson City, died Tuesday 5-14-2002 at his home in Rockford. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was 10 -11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Brock was born 8-2-1916 at Foosland, a son of David and Eliza (Waggoner) Brock. He married Maxine Mulvany 6-7-1936 at Foosland and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Wanda Whitaker of Benton, Ky.; and Rita Brock of Rockford; and two grandsons, Jonathan Whitaker of Bloomington, Indiana and Joseph (fiancee-Marcie Williams) Whitaker of Murray, Ky. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Mr. Brock was a partner in Royal Oil and Gas Co. in Gibson City for 34 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City. He was a WWII veteran of the US Army. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church building fund of Benton, KY.


MARVIN BORDERS
Marvin W. Borders, 84, of Gibson City died at 12:36 a.m. Saturday 1-19-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Denny officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Gibson City, or Gibson City Telecare. Mr. Borders was born 7-19-1917 at Todd County, KY, the son of Jube Riley and Maud J. Kenner Borders. He married Lonnel Long on 10-27-1945 at Hopkinsville, KY. and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Jerry Borders, Sibley; and Danny (Debra) Borders, Gibson City; three daughters, Carolyn (Evan) Hish, Fairbury; Bonnie (Bob) Buhs, Gibson City; and Lori (David) Hallatt, Auburn; four sisters, Earlene Shelton and Jewl Griffin, both of Elkton, KY; and Shirley Millard, Auburnette, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Mr. Borders lived and farmed in Gibson City since 1951. He belonged to the First Baptist Church in Gibson City.


LEROY J. BUKOWSKI
LeRoy J. Bukowski, 83, of Gibson City, formerly of Saybrook, died at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday 1-8-2002 at his home in Gibson City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Eimo Hinrichs officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. Mr. Bukowski was born 3-25-1918 at Sauk Rapids, MN, a son of August and Matilda Marquarodt Bukowski. He married Marion M. Coultas on 2-23-1947 at Keokuk, Iowa. She died 12-28-1999. Survivors include one son, David (Pam) Bukowski, Saybrook; one stepdaughter, Peg Bane, Gibson City; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. One son, one stepdaughter and one grandchild preceded him in death. Mr. Bukowski worked as a Developer of electronics for GE in Bloomington. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City; the American Legion Post in Sauk Rapids; and the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers. He served in the Navy during WWII.


FERNE L. (GOKEN) BENGE
Services for Ferne L. Benge, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of Weldon, were at 11 a.m. Monday at Trigg & Calvert Funeral Home, Weldon. Hugh Reynolds officiated. Burial was in Weldon Cemetery. Mrs. Benge died at 2 p.m. Wednesday 4-9-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 3-13-1915 in Weldon, a daughter of M.T. and Myrtle Ashton Goken. She married Rufus P. Benge on 2-6-1934 in Urbana. He died in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Sally Benge of Gibson City and Jacqueline Franklin of Pekin; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Benge worked at the Deland-Weldon school system for 30 years. She was a Vanda Beauty counselor, member of Weldon United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the OES. Memorials may be made to Moyer District Library or First Christian Disciples of Christ Church, Gibson City. paxton record 4-16-2003


ALICIA BENJAMIN
Alicia Ann Benjamin, 75, Kankakee, formerly of Melvin, died Wednesday 1-15-2003 at her home. A VFW Auxiliary service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee. Burial is private. Visitation is 1 - 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. She was born 2-16-1927 at Melvin, a daughter of Paul E. and Holda Busing Howe. Survivors include a sister, Shirley Kovack of Osprey, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Sandra Burrell of Walnut Crete, Calif., and Jacquelyn Kilpatrick of Bonfield; and many nieces and nephews. 1-27-03

Bishop, Elsa Anna [nee Bradford] - Mrs. L.N. Bishop died at her home north of Gibson City of Friday morning, Feb. 9, 1906, at 7:45 o'clock, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Owing to the serious illness of Mr. Bishop brief funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday, Feb.11, conducted by Rev. J.R. Golden, pastor of the Christian church. Internment was in the Gibson cemetery. Elsa Anna Bradford was born near Providence, Rhode Island, Feb. 21, 1826, making her age at the time of her death 79 years, 11 months, 19 days. When five years of age she moved with her parents to Clarke county, Ohio, making the trip by wagon. She was married near Urbana, Ohio, to Lemuel N. Bishop, on July 8, 1847, and together they had passed the 58th milestone of wedded life. In 1851 they came to Illinois, and had since resided in this state, except for five years which they spent near their former home in Ohio. Mrs. Bishop was a descendant of Gov. Wm. Bradford of the Mayflower. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom seven survive. They are Mrs.G.W.B.Johnston of Spearsville, Ind., Douglas Bishop of Streator, Ill., Albert N. Bishop of Bonaparte, Iowa, Mrs. La Delle B. Anderson of Beatrice, Ok., Mrs. Nannie B. Collins of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Lily Cornelius of Loda, Illinois, and Miss Minnie E. Bishop, who has cared for her parents during their declining years. There are 18 grand children and 2 great grand children. The aged husband also survives her. He has been an invalid for years, and it was not thought that he could outlive the companion of so many years. Mrs. Bishop had been an invalid since moving to Gibson City in 1890. During her last night of life she repeated a verse of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and said she was resting on Jesus' breast. Her life was one of patience, of sacrifice for and devotion to her family. Her sweet disposition and nobility of character endeared her to all who knew her. Among those who attended the funeral from out of town were, Mrs. Lily Cornelius of Loda, Mrs. Nannie B. Collins of Chicago; Mrs. C. Campbell and Miss Lyda Beckham of Leroy; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perry, Mr. and Mrs. F. Collins, Mr. B. H. Hileman and Mrs. L. Williams of Saybrook; and Mrs. S. F. Hill and daughters of Melvin. "Her love, radiated like the morning star, Still shines upon us through the Gate Ajar." Gibson Courier Fri., Feb. 16, 1906 - Contributed by Virginia L. Aldridge


ELSIE ANN BRADFORD BISHOP
Mrs. Newton Bishop died yesterday at her home in Gibson City, following ` a short illness of pneumonia. Deceased was 82 years old and had resided in that vicinity for many years. Before coming to Gibson City she resided in LeRoy. Besides her husband, she is survived by the following children: Mrs. Ladelle Anderson of Oklahoma, Mrs. Cornielson of Loda, Mrs. Nannie Collins and Mrs. George Johnson of Indiana, Douglas Bishop of near Paxton, and Albert Bishop of Iowa. The funeral will be held Sunday.
Lemuel Newton Bishop
b. 1-14-1825 Buck, Clark County, Ohio
s/o John Bishop III and Nancy Welch Bishop
m. 7-8-1847 Clark County, Ohio to Elsie Ann Bradford
d. 2-9-1906, Ford County, Il
bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery.

Elsie Ann Bradford Newton
b. 2-21-1826, RI
d/o unknown
d. 2-9-1906, Ford County, Il
Bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery



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