FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS
(all obituaries submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted)

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Paul O. Cameron

Ludwig Carlson

Lelia A. Cender

Arthur E. Christiansen

Jeanette F. Clemons

Clyde S. Cline

Barbara K. Coit

Dean Coit

Grace Colwell

Thomas R. Condron

Patricia Lee Conover

Wilma Fern (Stroh)Cook

Clara E. Cooper

Frank S. Cooper

Robert I. Coppenbarger

Donald Edward Craig

Casper S. Cramer

Leonard Delmar Cross

Henry P. Clausen

Ferne Irene Zebarth Cornelius

William Clark Crary

Ila Jean Crossman

Lola Jean Crowe

Earl Crowe

Constance L. Crowe

Merwin Edward Crowe

Susie N. Cudworth

Otis Cullip

Edgar Cullip

Hazel Cullip

Wanda (Mulvany) Curtis

Ronald George Conner

C. Willard Crowe

 Mary Ball Delong-Curry

Frank R. Chase

Robert G. Climpson

Kenneth M. Carpenter

Joseph H. Cline

Leo T. Cline

Herman C. Christensen

Joshua R. Christensen

John Detlaf Clausen

Ella A. Schmidt Clausen

James Wesley Calhoun

Harold E. Cameron

Joseph O. Cameron

Kenneth E.Campbell

Marie Campbell

Beverly A. Carden

Reuben H. Carlson

William E. Case

Lois Ida Caskey

Darrell H. Chase

Fred Christensen

Ora Max Clements

Thomas Climpson

Mary Mae Cline

Sarah F. Cline

William A. Cline

J.H. Collier

Mrs. Agnes Conger

Glenn W. Conover

Phoebe Emery Cooper

Robert W. Cooper

Helen R. Cornelison

Francis L. Cothern

Howard E. Coulter

Mrs. Henry Crabbs

Willis Crary

Mrs. Mary Crawford

Abram Croft

Leonard Cross

Owen P. Crowe

Wilbert E. Crowe

Charles H. Crowley

John Cunning

 Clark Chilvers

Evelyn Chilvers

Belle E. Croft

 


CAMERON, PAUL O. - 78, of rural Mulberry Grove, formerly of Gibson City, died at 5:14 a.m. Saturday 1-1-1994 at Utlaut Memorial Hospital, Greenville. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ripperdan-Schildknecht Funeral Home, Mulberry Grove, the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating. Burial will be in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Greenville. Mr. Cameron was born 12-30-1915 in St. Elmo, a son of Joseph and Bertha Allen Cameron. He married June Edens on 11-18-1939 in Crawfordsville, Ind. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Judy Ferry and Sharon Harper both of Greenville; three sisters, Katherine Baker, Ottawa, Ohio; Leona Gloyd, Mulberry Grove; and Elsie Gibbens, Daytona Beach, FL.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Cameron, a lifelong farmer, grew up in St. Elmo and had lived in Gibson City until 1954. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Carlson, Frank a son of C. F. Carlson, was drowned last Tuesday while in bathing. We have not received any particulars but at the last report the body had not been recovered. Gibson Courier, June 1, 1888 [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

Carlson, Ludwig - The young man drowned in the Vermillion River on Decoration Day was LUDWIG CARLSON and not FRANK, as we reported last week. The body was not found until Friday afternoon and had floated about 1/2 mile from the place he was drowned. The remains were interred in the Swedish cemetery on Saturday. The bereaved family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community. Ludwig was in his 18th year and was liked by all who knew him. June 8, 1888 [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]


CENDER, Lelia - The funeral of LELIA A. CENDER, age 85, of Gibson City will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Gibson City Bible Church with the Rev. Scot Glasco officiating. Burial will be in East Bend Mennonite Cemetery, Fisher. Pallbearers include Dave Cender, Mark Cender, John Cender, Steve Oyer, Stan Oyer and Kent Oyer.
Miss Cender died at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, 4-3-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. She was born 6-21-1907 near Fisher, a daughter of John and Katie Zehr Cender. Survivors include a brother, Alva Cender of Fisher. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

CHRISTIANSEN, ARTHUR E. - 88, of Rankin, a retired farmer and railroad worker, died at 1:45 a.m. yesterday 7-14-1992 at Hoopeston Community Memorial Hospital, Hoopeston. His graveside funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Rankin Union Cemetery, the Rev. Janet Preus officiating. There will be no visitaiton. Knapp Funeral Home, Eureka, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born 10-20-1903, in Gibson City, a son of Peter and Petra Jessen Christiansen. He married Lucy Ella Norris 12-5-1923, in Danville. She died 5-19-1960. He married Phyllis Barrow Davis 12-28-1968, in Farmer City. She survives in Rankin.
Also surviving are a son, Alvin, Milford; two daughters, Lula Drollinger, Milford, and Loretta Lane, Clearwater, Fla.; two stepsons, Ronald L. Davis, Champaign, and Phillip Davis, Decatur; three sisters, Mildred Ballard, Paxton; Jennie Kozubal, McHenry; and Lenora Harrington, Beaver Dam, Wis.; seven grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters and a grandchild. Mr. Christiansen was a member of Rankin United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLEMONS, JEANETTE F. - 86, of 604 E. 9th St., Gibson City, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday 11-23-2002 at her home. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Katy Reichman and the Rev. Raymond Bowden officiating. Renner-Wikoff Chapel, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Clemons was born 9-6-1916, in Boone City, Mich., a daughter of Herbert and Susan Haight Everest. She married Olen Clemons. He preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Norman Ryckman of Gibson City; one daughter, Susan Goodchild of Plymouth, Mich.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three sisters and one son, Rex Ryckman. Mrs. Clemons was a homemaker for 40 years. She attended Parkland College, where she received an associates degree in sociology. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. [Paxton Record/Times, Monday, 11-27-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLYDE S. CLINE
2-16-1909 to 10-10-1987
Services: Sunday, December 13, 1987
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Dr. Randall Perry
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Frank Hendricks
Floyde Monical
George Lesher
Charles Walters
George Lange
Robert Bell
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


CLINE, CLYDE S. - Funeral services for CLYDE S. CLINE, 78, of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military graveside rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568 of Gibson City. Mr. Cline died at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, 12-10-1987 at the Veterans Adm. Medical Center, Danville.
He was born 2-16-1909 at Flemmingsburg, Ky, a son of Joseph and Sara List Cline. He married Betty L. Means on 8-27-1938 at Rensselaer, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Jerry Cline of Charlotte NC, and Loren (Shorty) Cline and David Cline, both of Gibson City; two daughters, Joey Thompson of Gibson City and Rebecca Wurmnest of Sibley; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Leo Cline of Heyworth; and four sisters, Ethel Zimmerman of Gibson City, Freda Meece of Ludlow, Lucille Fernald of New Hampshire and Vera Meece of Rochelle. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mr. Cline was a lifetime resident of the Gibson City area. He was a retired truck driver and fertilizer dealer. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a past commander and a life member of Brotherton-Keller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6289, Gibson City. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COIT, BARBARA K. - 64, of Las Vegas died Tuesday, 11-27-2001 at home. Affordable Cremation and Burial Service, Las Vegas, is in charge of arrangements. Her graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of local arrangements. Mrs. Coit was born 8-17-1937, at Gibson City a daughter of John F. and Dora M. Holz Thomsen. She married Don Coit. He preceded her in death. Surviving are four sons, Jim and Brian Gulliford, both of Las Vegas, Gary Coit of Gibson City and Tony Coit of Sarasota, FL; a daughter, Vicky Kirkpatrick of Elliott; a brother, Robert Thomsen of Chatsworth; a sister, Betty Shaw of Champaign; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, and a brother, Roger. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARBARA (THOMSEN) COIT - Barbara K. Coit, age 64 of Las Vegas NV died Tuesday, 11-27-2001 at her home. Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 11 at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Paul Thomason officiating. Mrs. Coit was born 8-17-1937 at Gibson City. She married Don Coit. He preceded her in death. Surviving are four sons, Jim and Brian Gulliford, both of Las Vegas, Gary Coit of Gibson City and Tony Coit of Sarasota, Fl; a dauaghter, Vicky Kirkpatrick of Elliott; a brother, Robert Thomsen of Chatsworth; a sister, Betty Shaw of Champaign; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and a brother. Mrs. Coit was a telephone operator. ***typist notes parents: John F. Thomsen and Dora M. Holz Thomsen

DEAN COIT
3-14-1923 to 3-8-1999
Services: Thursday, March 11, 1999 11:00 a.m.
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. William Smith
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Chris Coit
David Coit
Gene Coit
Tony Lopez
Gary Coit
Pat Coit
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COIT, WILBUR DEAN - US Navy, WWII
Wilbur Dean Coit, 75 of Gibson City, died Monday, 3-8-1999 at his home in Gibson City. Funeral services will be Thursday, at Lamb Funeral Home, with the Reverend Wm. Smith officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 of Gibson City. Mr. Coit was born 3-14-1923 at Bellflower, a son of Wm. L. and Blanche E. Heavilin Coit. He married Sally Bochniak on 1-30-1947 at Chicago. Survivors include his wife, Sally Coit; three sons, Dennis, Gerald and Mike Coit; one daughter, Barb Lange and one brother William Norris Coit.

COLWELL, Grace - 93, of Paxton died t 2:55 a.m. Friday 12-27-2002 at Heartland Healthcare, Paxton. Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Graveside services were held at the Westwood Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, SC. Visitation was Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of the service. Mrs. Colwell was born 4-30-1909 in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn.; the daughter of George and Eldred Sager England. She married Stuart Frizzel 5-9-1929. He preceded her in death. She married Carlus H. (Doc) Colwell 8-28-1967 at Urbana. He died 5-2-1984. She is survived by two granddaughters, Stephanie Marshall, Spartanburg, and Monica Barnes, Orlando, Fla.; one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by one daughter, two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Colwell attended grade school in Perrysburg, Ohio, and graduated from Granite City High School,, Granite City in 1927. She attended Illinois State Normal University, Normal, for two years. She taught school in Madison County, Il. several years and was a social worker for the Il Dept of Public Aid 15 years, retiring in July of 1967. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Paxton, the United Methodist Women, the Faith Circle of the church, Paxton Women's Club, home extension, a member of Prospect Chapter no 367 OES, and a member of the retired state employees. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


CONDRON, THOMAS R - The Rev. Thomas R. Condron, 55, of Gibson City, pastor of Gibson City Bible Church, died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday 2-20-1994 at his home. He had been ill. His graveside funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Swan Lake Memory Gardens, Peoria, the Rev. John Queen officiating. There will be a memorail service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson City Bible Church with a time for friends to visit from 4:30 - 7 p.m. at the church.
He was born 3-28-1938, at Marion, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Eva M. Andrews Condron. He married Jacquelyn E. Cooper 6-27-1959 at Newton, Mass. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Matthew and Todd, both of Chicago, two daughters, Lynn Holzinger, Peoria, and Rachel Condron, Chicago; one brother, James Condron, Mount Gilead, Ohio; two sisters, Barbara Say and Mary Huffman, both of Marion, Ohio; his mother, Eva George, Marion Ohio; and six grandchildren. His father and an infanat daughter preceded him in death.
He had been pastor of the Gibson City Bible church since 7-10-1983, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Gordon College of Beverly Farms, Mass., and received his master of theology from Dallas Tehological Seminary, Dallas TX. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].


CONOVER, PATRICIA LEE - 16, victim of an accident two weeks ago Saturday night near Paxton, died at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson Community Hospital, where she had been a patient since the mishap. (***the newspaper did not give the date of death; however, typist suggests about fall of 1955.)
She was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home where visitation will be after 7 p.m. Wednesday. She will be taken to the Gibson City High School Gymnasium Friday at 11:30 a.m. and services will be conducted there Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. James C. Cayton, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born 11-16-1937 in Kankakee, daughter of Glenn W. and Daisy N. Daily Conover. She had lived her 14 years and was a senior in Gibson City High School. Patricia was a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the Maroon and White and the Drummer staffs and Royal Neighbors of America. Surviving are her parents, a brother, Timothy at home; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Gladys Daily; her paternal grandfather, Carl Conover, Evanston, Wyo.; her maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Rachel Shumate, St. Francis, Ark, and the paternal great-grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Puckett, Benton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COOK, MRS. WILMA FERN (STROH) - 59, of Butler Wisconsin, a former resident of the Gibson City area, died at 7:33 p.m. Thursday in Cole Hospital where she had been a patient for about two months. The Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. Father Vytas Mennenas will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery near Anchor. Friends may call from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City.
Mrs. Cook was born 8-5-1911, at Melvin, a daughter of Fred and Bertha Beck Stroh. She was married to Corporal Thomas C. Cook 4-26-1942 in Walla Walla, Wash. She leaves her husband; her mother, Mrs. Fred Stroh of Champaign; a brother, Marvin Stroh of Cropsey; a sister, Mrs. Lorene Hahn of Champaign; a foster brother, Willis "Bud" Beck of Melvin, a foster sister, Mrs. Helen (Tjarks) Walters of Gibson City, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son and her father.
She had been a resident of the Milwaukee, Wis. area since 1946, where she was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. Mrs. Cook had worked as office manager for Automotive Services, Inc. in Brookfield, Wi. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COOPER, CLARA E. - 83, a lifelong Gibson City resident, died at 12:55 p.m. Friday (10-3-1980) at Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient 10 days. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Louis Haase officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
She was born 6-27-1897 in Gibson City, a daughter of William and Maren Peterson Rick. She married Frank S. Cooper on 8-8-1913 in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Utterback, Champaign and Clara F. Bidwell, Bayles Lake; a brother, Rick, Clearwater, Fla; a sister, Lillian Deany, Champaign; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COOPER, FRANK S. - 96, a resident of the Royal Fontana Nursing Care Center, Urbana, and formerly of Gibson City, died at 6:20 a.m. yesterday 12-6-1982 at the center. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Tim Shaw officiating. Burial will be at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 1-30-1886, at Cheney Grove Twp, a son of Frank and Phebe Emery Cooper. He married Clara E. Rick 8-8-1913 at Gibson City. She died 10-3-1980. He is survived by two daughters, Clara Bidwell of Bayles Lake, Loda; and Marilyn Spitz of Champaign; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers. He was a 37-year member of the Gibson City Fire Department, a former employee of Carson Motor Co., Gibson City, and former operator of the Rick and Cooper Garage in Gibson City. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, to which memorials may be made. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


COPPENBARGER, ROBERT I. - 88, of Paxton, died at 2:51 a.m. Wednesday 12-4-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation was one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. He was born 5-4-1914 in Clinton, a son of James H. and Barbara Cromer Coppenbarger. He married Dolly Mae Johnson 6-6-1936. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Harry (Ruth) Coppenbarger, Wapella; one daughter, Linda (Bob) Provin, Gibson City; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; three sisters; and one son, Bradley. Mr. Coppenbarger was a member of United Methodist Church, Paxton; Lions Club, Paxton; and Paxton American Legion. He served in the Navy in WWII. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, Paxton. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

COPPENBARGER, ROBERT - Funeral services for Robert I. Coppenbarger, who died 12-4-2002 were Saturday afternoon at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Clinton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CRAIG, DONALD EDWARD, 81, of Gibson City, died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday 7-4-2002 at his residence. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Craig was born 6-9-1921 in rural Arrowsmith, a son of Roy and Etta Robinson Craig. He married Sandi J. Noland on 6-9-1964 at Elliott. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Mark E. (Tammy) Craig; C. Dirk Craig and Don L. Craig, all of Gibson City; two daughters, Janet S. (Warren) Page, Atlanta, GA, and Cheryl M. (Steven) Hester, Gibson City; one brother, James D. (Elda) Craig, Congerville; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chalmer Craig and a sister, Dorothy Corrie. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

CRAMER, CASPER S. - 94, of Delta, Colo., formerly of Gibson City, died Wednesday 11-26-1997 at Sunrise HOmes in Delta, Colo. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City, with the Rev. Wayne Shelksohn officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sibley.
He was born 2-19-1903 at Westerholt, Germany, the son of Peter Tjebben and Hilka Johanna Bojungs (Schroeder) Cramer. He married Ruth Salomae Neubauer on 2-8-1927 at Sibley. She died 10-7-1977. He then married Lorene Lois Van Antwerp Borchers on 4-11-1981 at Gibson City. She died 8-18-1993.
He is survived by one son, Raymond (Gail) Cramer, Fairfax, VA.; one daughter, Marlene (Jim) Carson, Delta, Colo.; one brother Remmer Heinrich Cramer, Gibson City; one sister Margrete Reinels Burhaff, Germany; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents, eleven brothers and siters and two sons.
When Cramer came to the US, he came through Ellis Island at the age of 21. At that time he did not speak any English, only German. He had just a name tag and the town and state where he was to go by train. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROSS, LEONARD DELMAR 82, of Gibson City, died at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568. Surviving are his wife, Lillie Mae Cross; one stepson, Paul Eminger, Spokane, Wash; one sister, Marie Weddle, Danville; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandson. His parents, one brother and two sisters preceded him in death.
He was born 5-24-1914 in Clear Lake, MN a son of Lawrence and Irene Wilkerson Cross. He married Lillie Mae Eminger 4-4-1948 in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROUCH, William F. - 70, of Gibson City, died at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday 12-10-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Crouch was born 8-24-1932, at Streator, a son of Dorothy M. Crouch. He married Virginia J. Ropp 6-8-1952 at Melvin; she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Baird of Gibson City and Lisa Jo Crouch of Memphis; two sons, Douglas (Alicia) Crouch of Las Vegas and Scott (Kim) Crouch of Gibson City; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother. Mr. Crouch retired from Central Soya, Inc. in Gibson City in 1994 atter 40 years, serving as a supervisor since 1971. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or an organization of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLAUSEN, HENRY P. - 79, died at 10:15 p.m. Sunday, 8-7-1977 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, with the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Weldon Hansen, Wayne Hansen, Donald Hansen, Wilbur Molck, Gene Molck and Marvin Molck. He was born 1-1-1898, in Sibley, a son of John and Mary Brading Clausen. He married Ella Schmidt 2-16-1927 in Anchor, Surviving are his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Lois Friese, Bayles Lake; Mrs. Wilma Andreae, Gibson City; Mrs. Elaine Boyd and Mrs. Janice Riddle, both of Normal; and Mrs. Frances Hinshaw, Decatur; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Gilmore, Gibson City; Mrs. Augusta Molck, Anchor; and Mrs. Luella Martens and Mrs. Ida Hansen, both of Sibley; 14 grandchildren and a great grandchild. Four brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Clausen was a retired farmer and a veteran of WW1. He was a member of the GC American Legion Post and St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. [Gibson Courier - August 1977, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLAUSEN, HENRY P. - Henry P. Clausen, 79, a retired farmer, died at 10:15 p.m. **Sunday at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home. He was born 1-1-1898, in Sibley, a son of John and Mary Brading Clausen. He married Ella Schmidt 2-16-1927 in St. John's Church. Surviving are his wife; five daughters, Lois Friese, Bayles Lake, near Loda; Wilma Andreae, Gibson City; Elaine Boyd and Janice Riddle, both of Normal; and Frances Hinshaw of Decatur; four sisters, Anna Gilmore, Gibson City; Augusta Molck, Anchor; Louella Martens and Ida Hansen, both of Sibley; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Four brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Clausen, who farmed near Sibley and Gibson City was a veteran of WWI. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, and Gibson City American Legion. died: 8-7-1977

CORNELIUS, FERNE IRENE ZEBARTH - 96, of Melvin died at 3:15 p.m. Sunday 11-10-2002 at Prairieview Lutheran Home, Danforth. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin, the Rev. Ron Rasmus officiating. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery, Melvin. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. Cornelius was born 12-22-1905, in Melvin a daughter of Gustav and Mary Spellmeyer Zebarth. She married Clarence B. Cornelius on 12-26-1928 in Melvin. He died 1-20-1975. Survivors include one son, Erwin (Lela) Cornelius, Bloomington; one daughter, Marie (Harmon) Monk, Ashkum; three grandsons; one granddaughter; several great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Frances Zebarth, Melvin. She was preceded in death by one sister, Elva Benz; her parents; and two brothers, Raymond and Mahlon Zebarth. Mrs. Cornelius was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Melvin. She resided all her life on farms near Melvin, until her health forced her to move ten years ago. She has spent the last five and a half years at Praireview Lutheran Home in Danforth. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CRARY, WILLIAM CLARK - b. 1-31-1849 LeRoy, Il; d. 6-15-1882; s/o Willis & Hester Crary; siblings: Almaretta Crary, John Crary; bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. Parents moved to Ft. Recovery, Ohio. He was 10 years old when they moved back to Illinois. At the time of his death, he filled the position of bookkeeper in the Bank of Burwell, Mattison and Wilson in which position he laid down his pen and closed the journal in the full vigor of manhood, and almost before the sun had set the recording angel had entered his name on the register of heaven. Gibson City Courier, June 1882 [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROSSMAN, ILA JEAN (RABER) - age 71 of Gibson City died at 10 p.m. Monday, 4-12-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services on Thursday at the Church. Mrs. Crossman was born 8-11-1927 at Bloomington, a daughter of Melvin and Lela Blanche Yoder Raber. She married Robert W. Crossman on 6-8-1947 at Danvers. Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Crossman of Gibson City; one son, Dennis W. Crossman of Peoria; two daughters, Barbara (Robert) Goins of Cape Coral, Fl and Brenda (Jeffery) Mifflin of Rantoul; two grandsons, Ben Goins and Alex Mifflin; her mother, Blanche Raber of Lexington and one sister, Dolores Hibbs of Lexington. She was preceded in death by her father. A resident of Gibson City since 1949, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City where she served as a deacon and elder. She was a member of the Gibson City VFW Auxilliary. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Building Fund. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROWE, LOLA JEAN (SAWYER)- age 73 of Gibson City died at 2:40 a.m. Thursday 5-28-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Bruce Culbertson, Gene Culbertson, Keith Culbertson, Jim Hensen, Chuck Fry and Jim Fry. Mrs. Crowe was born 9-18-1920 at Gibson City a daughter of Elmer and Laura Johnson Sawyer. She married Willard Crowe on 11-11-1941 at Gibson City and he survives. Other survivors include a son, Charles E. Crowe of Versailles, Mo; two daughters, Laura Hensen of Gays; and Susan Culbertson of Fisher; one sister, Emily Sawyer of Gibson City and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mrs. Crowe was a Gibson City resident for most of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROWE, EARL - The funeral of Earl Crowe, 74, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area, who died 3-6-1985 was held at 2 p.m. March 10 at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mr. Crowe was born 6-10-1910 at Gibson City, a son of William E. and Alta Woodburn Crowe. Survivors include three brothers, Merwin E., Orange, Calif., Loyal W. Vacaville, Calif., and George W. Gibson City. Mr. Crowe, who graduated from Drummer Twp School in 1929, was employed for many years at Central Soya, retiring in 1975. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROWE, CONSTANCE L. (JOHNSON)- Constance L. Crowe, 92, of Paxton died at 9:25 a.m. Tuesday 4-3-2001 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. Her graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Betty Hornback will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. A memorial service will be at a later date. She was born 6-19-1908 at Faulkton, SD a daughter of Albert W. and Bessie L. Miner Johnson. She married Merwin E. Crowe on 6-19-1928 at Gibson City. He died 2-20-1999. Survivors include one son, Richard Earl (Sue) Crowe, Wayward, Calif., one daughter, Priscilla (Ivan) Andreae, Paxton; one sister, Doris Suter, Gibson City, seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. Mrs. Crowe attended Drummer Twp High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. She was a lifelong homemaker. She enjoyed her family, knitting, and sewing very much. She was a member of the Gov. Thomas Ford Chapter of the DAR; and Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She also was a member of the Orange, Calif. United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CROWE, MERWIN EDWARD - age 95 of Paxton, formerly of Gibson City, Ohio and California, died at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, 2-20-1999 at Illinois Knights Templar Nursing Home, in Paxton. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday Feb. 20 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Jerry Hoffman officiating. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, February 22 at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday before the service at the funeral home. Mr. Crowe was born 9-7-1903 at Dix Twp a son of William Edward and Alta Woodburn Crowe. He married Constance Johnson on 6-19-1928 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Constance Crowe of Paxton; one son Richard Earl (Sue) Crowe of Hayward, California; one daughter, Priscilla (Ivan) Andreae of Paxton; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Loyal Crowe of Vacaville, Ca and George Crowe of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Mr. Crowe attended Drummer Twp High School and Brown's Business College. He worked in radio sales in his early years. During WWII, Mr. Crowe worked for the Signal Corps in NY and then later in the manufacturing of electronic products for radios in Gibson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Il Knights Templar Home in Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CUDWORTH, SUSIE N.- The funeral of Susie N. Cudworth, age 85, a Gibson City resident since 1972 and a retired teacher, was conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Gibson City Bible Church. The Rev. Thomas Condron officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 1 - 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers included Phil Lawrence, Orvin Bunney, Craig Kurtz, Marvin Miller, Paul Hensley, and Greg Dennis. Mrs. Cudworth died at 8:10 p.m. Thursday 11-9-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. She was born 5-20-1904 in Bellflower, a daughter of Edward and Cordelia Lawrence Warner. She married Ora Johnson, John Johnson and Glen Allen and they preceded her in death. On 4-9-1976 she married Alvin Cudworth in Boswell, Indiana and he survives. Other survivors include two sisters, Cordelia Kurtz, Foosland and Nellie Benson, Gibson City; four stepsons, Ray Cudworth, Monticello, Indiana; Lloyd and Jay Cudworth, Indianapolis; and Loren Cudworth, Lafayette, Indiana; four stepdaughters, Eva May Sells, Folsom, Ca.; Mary Miller, Rensselaer, Indiana; Anne Hensley, Danville, Indiana; and Jean Marshall, Dayton, Ohio; 19 stepgrandchildren; and 16 stepgreatgrandchildren. Mrs. Cudworth taught in Champaign County Schools for many years and retired in 1959 from Fisher schools. She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Assn, a life member of the Il Retired Teachers Assn and a member of the Pickettsville Community Club. Mrs. Cudworth was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church to which memorials may be made. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CULLIP, OTIS - age 91 of Gibson City died at 5:10 a.m. Monday, 3-26-2001 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitaiton was from 9:30 -11 a.m. March 28 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will include Johnathon Beckett, Jim Kast, Ronnie Beckett, Colin Beckett, Maurice Fry, Leonard Davis and David Stolz. Mr. Cullip was born 9-19-1909 at Eubank, KY a son of Plato and Nancy C. Enyart Cullip. He married Pauline Biship on 12-27-1937 at Sullivan, Indiana. Survivors are his wife, Pauline Cullip of Gibson City; two daughters, Elizabeth (Maurice) Fry of Hoffman Estates and Alice M. (Harold) Nelson of Champaign; one brother, Waldo Cullip of San Antonio, TX; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and ten brothers and sisters. Mr. Cullip lived in the Gibson City area for most of his life. He farmed for 49 years before retiring in 1982. Mr. Cullip was a member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Seekers and Elders at the First Christian Church in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CULLIP, EDGAR - Funeral services for Edgar Cullip, 84 of Gibson City will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Cullip died at 10 a.m. Thursday 6-1-1989 at the Humana Hospital, Hoffman Estates. He was born 7-3-1904 at Eubank, KY a son of Plato and Nancy Inyard Cullip. He married Hazel Turner on 11-21-1927 in Indiana. She died 12-30-1985. Survivors include a daughter, June Stange of Roselle; a grandson; a great-grandson, and two brothers, Otis Cullip of Gibson City and Waldo Cullip of San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters. Mr. Cullip resided in Gibson City for 78 years. He trucked livestock to the Chicago stockyards for more than 50 years and was in the moving business for 25 years. He retired in 1988. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CULLIP, HAZEL - 76, of Gibson City, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Cullip was born 1-15-1909 at Loda, a daughter of Harve and Katie Gifford Turner. She married Edgar Cullip in Indiana. He survives. Other survivors include one daughter, June Stange, Roselle; one grandson; and one great-grandson. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CURTIS, WANDA (MULVANY)- age 73 of Gibson City died at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday 3-22-1989 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall K. Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Pallbearers were Kenny Meredith, Larry Ricks, Jim Hazen, Dennie Mulvany, Mike Mulvany and Bill Gandy. She was born 6-5-1915 in Thomasboro, a daughter of Herschel and Mahala Jones Mulvany. She married Ford Evan Curtis 7-28-1938 at Covington, Indiana He died 11-13-1964. Survivors include one son, Kenneth of Arthur; two brothers, Leslie and Thomas Mulvany, both of Gibson City; one sister, Fern M. Carroll, Gibson City; three stepgrandchildren; and five step greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. She had been a Gibson City resident since 1929. Mrs. Curtis was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City, the Drummer Chapter of the OES and the Ford County Home Extension. Memorials may be made to her church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CONNER, RONALD GEORGE - 52, Mapleton, formerly of Paxton, died 10-8-2002 at West Lancaster Road, Mapleton. Burial was in St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery, Glasford. born: 6-3-1950 in Paxton s/o George and Annie Johnson Conner. m. Wendy Mason 7-7-1973 in Roberts.

COTHERN, CLARENCE V. 59, died at 11:55 p.m. Tuesday, 3-29-1977 at his home. His funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, 4-1- at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones and Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 1-9-1918, at Guthrie, a son of Guy and Minnie Rotramble Cothern. He married Anne Acree 10-26-1941, in Gibson City. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Jennie Sue Allen, Gibson City; a son, Glenn, Villa Park; four grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Sam Townsend, Effingham; a brother, Warren, CA. Two brothers preceded him in death. He was a lifelong Gibson City resident and a member of the United Methodist Church.

[paxton record Wednesday 4-9-2003] DONALD E. COPE Donald E. Cope, 77, Sibley, died at 7:25 p.m. Sunday 4-6-2003 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Mr. Cope was born 9-29-1925 at Ellsworth, a son of Benjamin and Lizzie Hess Cope. He married Doris M. Vetter 11-6-1945 at Fairbury. She died 3-7-1996. Surviving are a special friend, Lois Vetter of Gibson City; three sons, Danny (Linda) Cope of Cropsey, Rod (Cathy) Cope of Gibson City and Trent Cope of Sibley; one daughter, Beverly (Harry) Copass of Milford; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Edith Boaz of Normal; and three brothers, Elmer Cope and Dale Cope, both of Vincennes, Ind., and George Cope of LeRoy. Seven brothers and sisters and one granddaughter preceded him in death. He was a farmer for many years and ran Cope Mowing Service in Sibley. He had served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City.

C. WILLARD CROWE
C. Willard Crowe, age 81 of Gibson City died at 1:55 a.m. Thursday 5-23-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. May 25 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City where military rites were provided by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. May 24 at the funeral home where a Masonic service was conducted at 8 p.m. Pallbearers were Chuck Fry, Jim Fry, Bruce Culbertson, Kevin Henderson, Joe Oettel, and Keith Culbertson. Mr. Crowe was born 8-19-1920 at Paxton, a son of Charles C. and Alma O'Neal Crowe. He married Lola Jean Sawyer on 11-8-1941 at Gibson City. She preceded him in death on 5-26-1994. Survivors include one son, Charles E. (Pat) Crowe, of Versailles, MO; two daughters, Laura (Jim) Henson of Rantoul and Susan (Gene) Culbertson of Fisher; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Mr. Crowe was a WWII Navy veteran. He was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City. Mr. Crowe was also a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM. He resided in Gibson City for most of his lfie and was employed at Central Soya in Gibson City as a purchasing agent for over 40 years. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital Annex.

DONALD EDWARD CRAIG
Donald Edward Craig, 81, of Gibson City died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday 7-4-2002 at his residence. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church in Gibson City; Carle Hospice; the Corn Belt Shrine Club or to a charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Craig was born 6-9-1921 in rural Arrowsmith, a son of Roy and Etta Robinson Craig. He married Sandi J. Noland on 6-9-1964 at Elliott and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Mark E. (Tammy) Craig, C. Dirk Craig and Don L. Craig all of Gibson City; two daughters, Janet S. (Warren) Page, Atlanta, Ga., and Cheryl M. (Steven) Hester, Gibson City; one brother, James D. (Elda) Craig, Congerville; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Chalmer Craig; and a sister, Dorothy Corrie. Mr. Craig graduated from Arrowsmith High School in 1939, and went on to graduate from Chillicothe Business College, Chillicothe, Mo. From there, he went to work fo the Old Nickel Plate Railway System which was later bought out by the Norfolk and Western Railroad, from which he
retired after 43 years of service as a freight agent - telegrapher. Don was a 52-year member of the Masonic Lodge; was a 32-year member of the Bloomington Consistory; and became a Shriner out of Mohammed Temple in Peoria in 1971. He was an
alderman for the Village of Elliott for four years, then mayor there for eight years. He also was the mayor in Gibson City from 1969 - 1977, where his term was highlighted by Gibson City's centennial in 1971, and the US bicentennial in 1976. He was also directly involved with implementing the Gibson Fire Protection District and the new wastewater treatment facility. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City; Gibson City Masonic Lodge; the Corn Belt Shrine Club; Elliott AMVETS; the Gibson City Moose Lodge; the Elliott fire department; and the Illinois Sheriff's association. He was a past tax assessor for Dix and Drummer Twp in Ford county. He and his wife, Sandi, wintered in Florida and the southwestern United States for the last 25 years. His interests included camping, fishing, golfing, gardening and participating in the Shrine Club Parade Club events. He also was an avid Cubs, Bears and Illini Fan. Don will be greatley missed by his family and friends.

MARY BALL DeLONG-CURRY Graveside services for Mary E. Ball DeLong-Curry, 88, of Port Charlotte, Fla., will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery, Foosland. The Rev. Stanley W. DeLong will officiate. Mrs. DeLong-Curry died Monday 4-28-2003 in Port Charlotte, Fla. She married Bruce M. DeLong in Foosland. He died in June 1982. She married William Curry. He died in 1995. Survivors include a son, the Rev. Stanley W. DeLong of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter, Elizabeth Deriso of Arcadia, Fla.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandchild. Mrs. DeLong-Curry grew up in Foosland. She and her husband, Mr.DeLong, built and managed the Del Rancho Motel on the south side of Gibson City in the 1950's. Upon her retirement as secretary at the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, they moved to Arcadia, Fla. She moved from Arcadia to a retirement facility in Port Charlotte upon the death of Mr. Curry in 1995.

FRANK R. CHASE
Frank R. Chase, age 87 of Richmond, Ky, formerly of Gibson City died Sunday, 6-23-2002 at Pattie A. Clay Regional Center in Richmond, Ky. Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson
City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City is in charge of the arrangements. Mr. Chase was born 6-9-1915 at Chicago, a son of Frank M. and Ethel Chase. He married Anne M. Chase. Survivors include his wife, Anne M. Chase of Richmond, Ky; several nieces and nephews including Margaret Stine of Madison, WI, Jean (William) Wissmiller of Grinnel, IA and Eulalie (Ronny) Sharon of Houston Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Chase was a graduate of the University of Illnois and the Columbia University. Before moving to Richmond, Ky, he was a reference librarian at Bradley University in Peoria and later was a member of the
Science Library Staff at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. In 1965, Mr. Chase became a member of the faculty at Eastern Ky University as reference librarian and later a law librarian. He retired from Eastern in the summer of 1980.


ROBERT G. CLIMPSON
Robert G. Climpson, 70, of Gibson City died at 2:02 p.m. Friday 3-9-2001 at Indian Springs Golf Course, Saybrook. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Robert Hoover will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Climpson was born 7-27-1930 in Bloomington, a son of Guy Thomas Richard and Edith F. Nordine Climpson. He married Bernice Anderson on 10-4-1952 in Shreveport, La. and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Thomas Climpson of Gibson City; two daughters, Susan Griffin of Ohio and Cathy Tull of Virginia; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Rae Ann Climpson of Urbana. Mr. Climpson was an engineering technician for the US government. He was a veteran of the Air Force and a member of Indian Springs Golf Course in Saybrook. Memorial contrubtions may be made to Living Word Christian Church, Roberts.


KENNETH M. CARPENTER Kenneth M. Carpenter, 82, Paxton, died at 12:55 p.m. Thursday 3-27-2003 at Champaign Manor Care Nursing Home, Champaign. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Donna Hacker Smith officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military rites. Mr. Carpenter was born 12-23-1920 at Fedora, SD, a son of George W. and Mary Agnes Fiedler Carpenter. He married Dorothy V. Bailey 3-1-1947 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She died 5-30-1994. Surviving are two sons, George W. (Kathy) Carpenter of Cedar Rapids, Dennis D. (Pam) Carpenter of Urbana; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are four sisters, Helen Rogers of Sioux Falls, SD, Hazel Biegger of Des Moines, Irene Berger of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Marjorie Wiese of Fedora, SD; and one brother, Douglas Carpenter of Watertown, SD. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death. He was a member of the Paxton American Legion Post, past president of the Paxton Lions Club, was active in the Paxton Booster Club and was a member of the committee instrumental in building the Paxton swimming pool. Organist was Linda Kellerhals. Honorary pallbearers were Jeff Carpenter, Angela Carpenter, Dan Carpenter and Michael Carpenter. Pallbearers were Eldon Anderson, Gene Hancock, Don Gronemeyer, Floyd Woolridge, Tom Plackett and Don Bleich. 4-2-2003

JOSEPH H. CLINE Joseph Henry Cline, 71, of near Heyworth, formerly of Gibson City, died suddenly at 7 a.m. Friday (12-11-1953) in Gibson City Community Hospital, where he had been taken earlier at 4 a.m. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. S.A. Guthrie, pastor of the Gibson City Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Born 9-16-1882, in Bracken County, Ky., he was a son of Robert S. and Tabitha Watson Cline. He married the former Sarah Frances List 4-16-1903, in Flemingsburgh, Ky. She survives. A farmer, Mr. Cline had planned to retire from his farm near Heyworth and move to Gibson City in the near future. Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Clyde of Gibson City, Leo of Heyworth and Lloyd of LeRoy and five daughters, Mrs. Delmar Bane, Mrs. Leslie Zimmerman, Mrs. O.E. Meece, all of Gibson City; Mrs. Arnel Meece of Ludlow, and Lucille at home. One brother, W.A. Cline of Gibson City; two sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Jones of Cincinnati and Mrs. Bertha Earl of Arrowsmith; 31 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

LEO T. CLINE The funeral of Leo T. Cline, age 73 of Heyworth was held Tuesday at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Heyworth. Vernon L. Oakley officiated with burial in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington with graveside military rites accorded by Little-Embry-Rainey Post 1559 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Heyworth. Mr. Cline died at 11:20 a.m. Saturday 11-11-1989 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. He was born 7-22-1916 in Dix Twp, Ford County, the son of Joseph H. and Sarah List Cline. He married Jessamine Briggs. He later married Mildred I. Butler 6-11-1950 in Piggot, Arkansas and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Ronald L. and Douglas B., both of Heyworth; four daughters, Jacqueline Lang, Seabrook, Texas; Peg Cline, Debra L. Coakley and Beth D. Miller, all of Heyworth; four sisters, Ethel Zimmerman, Gibson City, Freeda Meece; Ludlow, Lucille Fernald; Rochester, New Hampshire; and Vera Meece Rochelle; 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

CHRISTENSEN, HERMAN C. - Herman C. Christensen, 74, of Roanoke died at 4:50 p.m. Friday 11-28-1981 at Eureka Hospital where he had been a patient since November 25. His funeral was Monday at 10:30 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Christensen was born 4-16-1907 in Sibley, a son of Thomas and Sophia Boettger Christensen. He married Marie Petersen 12-15-1929 at Galesburg. She died 8-19-1966. He married Pauline Laesch Porth 12-23-1973. She survives. Also surviving are a son, David R. of Anchor; five daughters, Genevieve Young, Vista, Ca.; Lois Rhodes, Bonnie Dewey, Betty L. Knapp and Julia Summers all of Gibson City; a step-son, Edward Porth of Roanoke; a step-daughter, Beverly Wacker of Roanoke; two brothers, Andrew of Portland, Mich.; and Floyd of Waterloo, Wis.; one sister, Dorothy Hillary of Melvin; 17 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, a step-granddaughter; two brothers and two half-brothers. Mr. Christensen was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Anchor, St. John's Lutheran Brotherhood and the McLean Co. Farm Bureau. He farmed most of his life in the Sibley - Anchor area. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.


CHRISTENSEN, JOSHUA R. - dies in accident Funeral service for Joshua R. Christensen, 3, of RR 1 Anchor was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday 9-4-1982 at St. John's Lutheran Chruch south of Anchor. Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 6 - 9 September 3 at Lamb Funeral Home and at the church after 9:30 a.m. Saturday. He died at 12:40 p.m of injuries sustained in an auto-truck collision 9-1-1982, 2-1/2 miles north of Gibson City at a rural intersection. Joshua was born 12-11-1978 in Champaign, a son of David and Janice Young Christensen. They survive. Also surviving are two brothers, Eric and Jon, and a sister, Christina, all at home; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Young, Saybrook; and his paternal step-grandmother, Pauline Christensen, Roanoke. Joshua attended St. John's Lutheran Church to which memorials may be made. Pallbearers were Steve Rhodes, Mark Rhodes, Jonathan Knapp and Chris Dewey.

CLAUSEN, JOHN DETLAF - John Detlaf Clausen, 57, was killed about 10 a.m. Tuesday 6-1-1943, when he was struck by lightning on his farm near Anchor. He was in the field disking and had left his tractor and started walking to the house when the lightning struck. Coroner Harry L. Howell was called and an inquest is pending. The body was removed to the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and will be returned to the Clausen home for funeral services at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by services at 9:30 a.m. at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, at which the Rev. Hartwig Harms will officiate. Mr. Clausen was born 11-21-1885 near Gibson City, son of John Henry and Mary Brading Clausen. He had been farming the land where he was killed for several years. Surviving are his mother, two brothers, Henry of Gibson City; and Corp. Alexander of Camp Hann. Cal.; five sisters: Mrs. Anna (Samuel) Gilmore of Roselle, Il.; Mrs. Emma (William) Hansen and Mrs. Ida (Herman) Hansen of Gibson City; Mrs. Augusta (John) Molck of Anchor and Mrs. Louella (William) Martins of Melvin, Il

CLAUSEN, ELLA A. SCHMIDT - Funeral services for Ella A. Clausen, 87, a resident at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Normal, formerly of Gibson City and Anchor, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. She died at 4;55 p.m. Sunday 7-23-1995 at the nursing home. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, has charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. Surviving are four daughters, Lois Friese, Grand Island, Fla.; Elaine Boyd, Normal; Janice Riddle, Lady Lake, Fla.; Frances Hinshaw, Minooka; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. One daughter, one grandson, two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. She was born 7-16-1908 in Anchor, a daughter of Christian and Claudine Bielfeldt Schmidt. She married Henry P. Clausen 2-16-1927 in Anchor. He died 8-7-1977. Mrs. Clausen was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. She and her husband lived and farmed in the Sibley - Gibson City area all of their adult lives.


The following obituaries were transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton


Calhoun, James Wesley
Funeral services for Jimmy Calhoun, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Calhoun, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the first Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, with burial in Grandview Memorial Gardens, west of Champaign.
Jimmy accidentally hanged himself while playing with a rope and a hangman's noose he had fashioned, in the basement of his home at 8:30 Sunday evening. The popular sixth grader had been active in scouting and the Little League baseball program and would have played his final year on the team his father manages.
The Calhoun boy was a second class Boy Scout and a first baseman on his Little League team, the VFW, which his father has managed for several seasons.
The Rev. William B. Edwards, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, officiated at the funeral services Wednesday afternoon.
Pallbearers were Jimmy's friends and were Pat Walker, Julius Ferguson, Mike Tompkins, and Denny Tongate.
James Wesley Calhoun was born May 21, 1948 in Champaign, the son of Wesley and Geneva Adams Calhoun. The family moved from Champaign to Gibson City about eight years ago. Mr. Calhoun is local distributor of Sealtest dairy products.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his younger sister, Rae Ann; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Adams, Mahomet; paternal grandmother Mrs. Glenn Calhoun of Bloomington, Ind.
He was preceded in death by the brother and his paternal grandfather.
Jimmy was a member of Mrs. Margaret Smith's sixth grade class and of Boy Scout troop 29, the team his father managed.
The boy was laid to rest beside his younger brother, Ricky Dean who was a year younger than Jimmy when he died in 1954.
A regular "Tripoli" club was meeting at the Calhoun home and the adult group had finished eating when Jimmy went to the basement recreation room. A few minutes later his younger sister Rae Ann, 9, went to play with him. She found her brother hanging from a beam and summoned her parents and the guests.
Efforts of a crew of firemen, two physicians and ambulance attendants and others who worked over the boy with oxygen and artificial respiration proved fruitless, and Jimmy was pronounced dead about an hour after the tragic accident occurred.
Coroner Frank Hunt III conducted an inquiry and found death to be accidental. He theorized that Jimmy had tied the noose, thrown it over the beam and stepped onto a chair, and then had placed the noose around his neck. The chair apparently slipped from under him and the noose tightened causing asphyxiation.
A scout official told the Courier this week that the hangman's noose is neither taught as part of the Boy Scout program, nor is it illustrated or described in the scout manual, thereby refuting rumor to the contrary which had circulated in Gibson City.
5-5-1960 - date on newspaper

CAMERON, HAROLD E. - Air Force WWII
b. 9-17-1907
s/o Simon Henry and Ellen A. Tobin Cameron
d. 6-17-1965
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

CAMERON, JOSEPH O. -
b. 12-4-1899
s/o John S. and Clara L. Cameron
d. 6-5-1947
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

CAMPBELL, KENNETH E. - Pvt. Army, WWII
b. 1-8-1921
s/o
m.
m. 2nd Ruby Soblinskia, 11-3-1966
Robert
Betty Evans
Judy Buchanan
Janet Smock
Jeanne Taylor
d. 12-9-1987
buried; Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Campbell, Marie
Marie Campbell, age 73 of Gibson City, died at 11:13 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Ludlow Cemetery in Ludlow.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers included Bob Keith, Randy Blake, Ernie Pearson, Tim Gardner, Ron Carpenter, and John Douglas.
Mrs. Campbell was born May 7, 1922 at Ludlow daughter of James W. and Elizabeth May Riggleman Jarvis. She married Kenneth Eugene Campbell on November 1, 1943 at Rantoul. He preceded her in death on December 9, 1987
Survivors include one son, Robert D. Campbell of Albuquerque, New Mexico; six daughters, Sandy L. Painter of Bad Axe, Michigan; Betty A. Evans of Gibson City; Judy K. Buchanan of Dayton, Tennessee; Joyce M. Borchers of Rantoul; Janet S. Barker of Arrowsmith; and Jeanne M. Taylor of Gibson City; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, one son, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Formerly of Saybrook, Mrs. Campbell lived in Gibson City for eight years. She was a Gold Star Mother because her son William Campbell died in the Vietnam War. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Gibson City.
Mrs. Campbell worked at a seed corn processing factory in Bloomington and as a cook in Rantoul and Gibson City, retiring in 1988.
Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor's choice

Carden, Beverly
Beverly A. Carden, 67, Paxton, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000 at her home.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pontoppidan Lutheran Cemetery, Elliott, and the Rev. Garry Marten officiating.
There was no visitation.
Knapp-Miller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Carden was born Nov 11, 1932 in Paxton, a daughter of George and Bessie Stroup Wimer. She married Clint A. Carden, Nov. 11, 1952, in Covington, Indiana. He died in September 1958.
Survivors include two sons, Rick (Becky) Carden of Anchor and Randy (Jodi) Carden of Elliott; one daughter, Cindy Carden of Paxton; one brother, Steve A. Wimer of Camp Springs, MD; five grandchildren; Jennifer Carden, Shannon Carden, Shelley Mitchell, Clint Carden and David Carden; two step-grandchildren, Alex Landeck and Sam Landeck and one great-grandson Austin Tome.
She was preceded by her parents.
Mrs. Carden worked in the property disposal department at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul.
Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

CARLSON, REUBEN H. - Major Army AF, WWII
b. 4-2-1914
s/o Carl and Hannah Hofstrom Carlson
m. 11-25-1937, Margaret Steinbach
Carla m. Terry Moxley, div.
John Carlson
Susan Verdeyen Mesker
d. 1-15-1985
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

CASE, WILLIAM E. - AF WWII
b. 1-25-1918
s/o Howard and Luella Brading Case
m. 10-16-1943, Delores I. Helmick
Stephen Case
Wm. Case
d. 3-27-1983
buried; Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Caskey, Lois Ida Davison
Lois Ida Caskey, age 89 of Gibson City died Sunday, 11-24-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmisson officiating; burial will be in Williamsburg Hill Cemetery in Coles Spring Twp. near Tower Hill.
Mrs. Caskey was born 9-4-1907 in Champaign County a daughter of Carroll and Ida J. Kirchner Davison. She married George E. Caskey on 5-3-1929 at Edwardsville; he died 6-21-1973.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Barry of Gibson City and Carol Sickafus of Urbana; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one sister, Dorothy Bell of Washington. A resident of Gibson City since 1973, she has resided at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City for the past two years.

CHASE, DARRELL H. - US Navy, WWII
b. 7-13-1925, New Albany, Ind.
s/o Harvey and Glenna Ott Chase
m. 1-18-1945, San Francisco, CA to Josephine
Darrell Chase
Kim Chase
d. 11-13-1980
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

CHRISTENSEN, FRED
Fred Christensen, 74, of Rankin, died Saturday 11-2-1974 enroute to Lake View Memorial Hospital to visit his wife where he was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a retired painter and had lived in Illinois all his life. Funeral services were Tuesday at the Rankin Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. Walter Cheliberg officiating; burial was in East Lynn Cemetery. Christensen was born 3-8-1900 at Rankin, the son of Hans and Maren Rathkjen Christensen. He married Julia Collins 6-5-1920 at Paxton. Surviving are two sons, Harold of West Covina, Calif. and Earl of Hoopeston; one daughter, Lucille Symmonds of Rankin; two sisters, Katie Rasmussen of Oakwood and Anna Nelson of Hoopeston; three brothers, Arthur of Bloomington; Harry and Ole, both of Rankin; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Clarence; three brothers, two sisters and one grandson.

Clements, Ora Max
The first death from scarlet fever occurred in Gibson City Sunday evening at 6:30, when Edward Clements, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clements, who reside three and a half miles east of town, died of the disease. The little fellow was a bright and beautiful child and the loss is a great one to the family as well as the many friends of the child.
Ora Max, little son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clements, died at the home of his parents Sunday evening at 6:30 o'clock, after a short illness with scarlet fever. His age was three years, 8 months and 17 days.
Short services were held at the grave Monday by Rev. R.M. Luedde, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was made in the Gibson Cemetery.
3-29-1928 - date on newspaper

CLIMPSON, THOMAS - Gibson Courier, March 1937
Thomas Climpson, son of Richard and Maria Smith Climpson was born 5-10-1859 at Plainfield, Ill. and died at his home in Gibson City, 3-1-1937. He was married to Rachel Jennings 2-20-1883, and to this union were born six children, two of whom preceded him in death. One daughter, Mrs. James Thackeray of Chicago, died 12-26-1931; one son, Roscoe, died while in the army service at Newport News, Va., 1-24-1919. Those left to mourn are his wife, 4 children, Warren, Wells and Guy, and Mrs. Dot Rick; three half-brothers, Charles Climpson, Frank Climpson and Sam Climpson. Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) March 4, at the United Brethren Church in charge of Pastor Rev. H.E. Longbrake; burial in Gibson Cemetery.

Cline, Mrs. Mary M.
Mrs. Mary Mae Cline, 88 died at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, 1975 at the Country Health Nursing Home, Gifford.
Her funeral was held Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township cemetery.
She was born Aug. 8, 1886 in Mason County, Ky., a daughter of William and Theresa Bradford List. She married William A. Cline, June 5, 1913 in Maysville, Ky. He died Nov. 14, 1966.
Mrs. Cline is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Lage, Anchor, and Mrs. Clara Mondigo, San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Lloyd, Gibson City, and Everett, Manhattan; 14 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, 3 brothers and 3 sisters.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the church social club, the WSCS, the Rebekah, the Garden Club and Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Cline had been a resident of the Gibson City area for 62 years.
Pallbearers were Leo Pinkly, Cecil Retter, James Leisure, Richard Cline, Philip Cline and Bob List.

Cline, Mrs. Sarah
Mrs. Sarah F. Cline 82 former resident of Gibson City, died at 5:15 a.m. Wednesday in Community Hospital, Gibson City, where she had been a patient for eight days.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday in Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Leo Ewing officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
After living in the Gibson City area for 10 years, Mrs. Cline moved to the home of a daughter at Rochelle several months ago.
Born April 16, 1882, at Maysville, Ky., she was a daughter of William and Theresa Bradford List. She was married to Joseph Cline, April 16, 1903, at Maysville. Her husband died in December, 1953.
Mrs. Cline leaves five daughters; Mrs. Francis Bane and Mrs. Ethel Zimmerman, both of Gibson City; Mrs. Freeda M**o*, Ludlow; Mrs. Lucille Fernald, East Barrington, N.H., and Mrs. Vera Meece, Rochelle.
She also leaves three sons, Clyde, Gibson City, Floyd, Leroy, and Leo, Heyworth; 38 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Forman, Elliott; Mrs. Mary Cline, Gibson City, and Mrs. Elizabeth Preston, Williamsburg, Ohio.
Mrs. Cline was a member of the Christian Church.
Gibson City, Illinois, Courier, April 1, 1965

Cline, William A.
William A. Cline, 74, died Monday 11-14-1966, at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. William Jones officiating; burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Cline was born 3-3-1892 in Fleming County, Ky., a son of Robert and Telitha Watson Cline. He married Mary List 6-5-1913 in Maysville, Ky. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Lloyd and Everett; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Lage and Mrs. Clara Mondigo.

Collier, J.H.
A telegram announcing the death of Hon. J.H. Collier of Hollywood, California, at 12:30 o'clock, Thursday morning, Jan. 19, reached the Courier last Thursday just after the paper went to press. His death removes one of Gibson City's most prominent and respected pioneers and business men. Settling here and embarking in the hardware business in 1871 when Gibson was only a tiny settlement, Mr. Collier was active in public life from the first, being a strong factor in community's rapid advancement.
Although his interest in public affairs extended beyond the confines of his home community to a participation in state affairs, he was very successful in business and real estate investment, building for himself a competence which gave him comfort and security in old age. Nearly all of his contemporaries of the early village days have passed beyond.
A few years ago Mr. Collier moved to California to spend the sunset years of his life. Not content with inactivity, even in advanced age, he associated himself with an oil corporation at Los Angles. As President of the Yellowstone Oil Company, he was active until his last illness. The news of his death was received with sorrow by his friends in Gibson City.
Mr. Collier was born in Oneida County, New York, March 29, 1844, where he lived until 1855, when his parents moved to lake County, Illinois, and settled on a farm. He attended school at Antioch and when 18 years old, on July 29, 1862, enlisted in the civil war, a member of Company D, 96th Illinois infantry. The following year he was promoted in regular order to be second lieutenant, first lieutenant and captain. At the battle of Chickamauga, on Sept. 20, 1863, he was wounded, and again at the battle of Nashville, on Dec. 16, 1864. Most of his service was spent in the army of the Cumberland, and he was honorably discharged in 1866.
Upon his return to Illinois Mr. Collier engaged in merchandising in Antioch, Lake County, where he was married to Miss Lavina M. Ring, who died in 1872.
In 1871 he came to Gibson City and with his brother-in-law, the late Henry J. Ring, of this city, opened the first hardware store in the vicinity. Later he purchased Mr. Ring's interest and continued to conduct the business until about 15 years ago, when he sold out and retired. His business during these years was carried on in the store building now occupied by the Wachs Variety Store and B.O. Van Antwerp's pool hall on Sangamon Avenue.
On May 5, 1875, he was married to Miss Harriet McClure, daughter of the late Benjamin H. and Frances McClure of this city, and she survives him. He is also survived by two children, Benjamin H. Collier of Los Angeles and Mrs. Andrew Strong of Hollywood, Cal., and one brother, George Collier, of Farmer City.
Mr. Collier was a Republican and held various public offices. In 1873 he was elected supervisor for Drummer Township and was re-elected and served several consecutive terms. He was a member of the first board of trustees of the original town of Gibson and later served as President of the board. In 1876 he was elected to the Thirtieth general assembly of Illinois and was twice re-elected, representing Ford and Livingston counties. In 1888 he was elected a member of the state board of equalization for a term of four years.
Mr. Collier was a member of Gibson Lodge 733, A.F. and A.M.; Gibson Chapter No. 183, R.A.M., of this city, and Mount Olivet Commandery No. 33, Knight Templars, of Paxton. He was the first Commander of the local Lo** Post No. 70, G.A.R., of which there are now only about five surviving members.
Soon after disposing of his mercantile interests in this city he sold the family home at the corner of Wood and Tenth Streets to Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Newlin, who have since made their home there, and he and Mrs. Collier went to California to reside, returning to this city occasionally to visit at the home of John T. McClure and to attend to his farming interests and other business which he retained in this city. He was one of the five original stockholders in the Gibson Canning Company and continued to hold an interest in this organization.
1-26-1928 - date on newspaper


Conger, Mrs. Agnes
Mrs. Agnes Conger, 82, died at 6:10 p.m. Sunday at the home of her son, Clifford, two miles west of Strawn, of heart ailment.
The funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home and at 2 p.m. at the Sibley Methodist Episcopal Church. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
She was born at Wyandotte, O., June 29, 1853, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hunt and as a small girl came with her parents to Illinois, settling near Saybrook. March 5, 1884, she was married to Elmer James Conger of Saybrook.
They were the parents of seven sons, of whom four survive. They are Elzie of Brighton, Colo.; Jay and Clifford of Strawn; Chester of Waterloo, Iowa. There are eleven grandchildren and the following sisters and brother; Mrs. Emma Fling, Mrs. Ida Garrett and Mrs. Louise Thrasher, all of Bloomington; Mrs. Mary Thrasher of Towanda and James of Saybrook.
2-27-1936 - date on newspaper

CONOVER, GLENN W. - WWII
b. 7-9-1916
d. 3-27-1957
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

COOPER, PHOEBE EMERY
Gibson City Courier, Thursday 5-9-1940
Mrs. Phoebe Cooper, 82, widow of Frank G. Cooper, and former resident of Saybrook and Gibson City, died Monday in the home of her son, Robert Cooper in Bloomington; she had been ill for the last two years. Funeral services were held Wednesday in the United Brethren Church of Saybrook, Rev. L. Baughman, Bloomington, former pastor at Saybrook, officiated, assisted by Rev. Willis A. Locke, Saybrook pastor; burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Cooper was born 6-3-1857, west of Farmer City, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emery. She was married 4-22-1878, to Frank G. Cooper at Clinton and they moved to a farm near Saybrook. They lived there until 1930 when Mr. Cooper retired from farming and they moved into town. Since the death of Mr. Cooper in 1932, Mrs. Cooper had made her home with her children. Besides her son, Robert, she leaves seven other children, Carl Cooper, Mrs. Catherine Williams, Mrs. Celia Hinkle, Mrs. Nellie Perry, Mrs. Harley Padgett, Virgil Cooper of Saybrook and Frank Cooper of Gibson City; and two brothers, Charles Emery and Stanford Emery.

COOPER, ROBERT W. - JG Navy, WWII
b. 2-21-1921
s/o Robert N. and Mavis L. Cooper
d. 2-20-1970
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Cornelison, Helen R.
The funeral of Helen R. Cornelison, age 84 of Pineview Care Center, St. Charles, formerly of Paxton, was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton with the Reverend Richard H. Swain officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton.
Visitation was from noon until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Cornelison died at 7:50 p.m. Saturday, February 25, 1995 at Pineview Care Center.
She was born October 15, 1910 in Hamilton County, daughter of George Ernest and Nancy C. Koger Johnson. She married Loyal B. "Cornie" Cornelison on December 20, 1929 in Paxton. He died January 29, 1975.
Survivors include one son, Stanley L. Cornelison of Elgin; one sister, Hazel Troyer of Gibson City; and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by two brothers.
She attended country schools at Aden and Derby and Drummer Township High School, Gibson City.
She and her husband operated Kunkel's Variety Store in Paxton for 27 years and owned and operated Connie's Shoe Store in Gibson City from 1960 to 1972.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Paxton; was a member and past matron of Prospect Chapter 367 OES; was a 50 year member of the Paxton American Legion Auxiliary; and a former member of the Lakeview Country Club, Loda.

COTHERN, FRANCIS L. - Pfc Army, WWII
b. 10-26-1914
s/o
m. Mary M., 10-26-1940
Gary Cothern
Janet Fisher
d. 2-17-1975
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Coulter, Howard E.
Howard E. Coulter, age 86, a lifelong Paxton-Loda resident and retired farmer and carpenter, died at 6:55 p.m. Friday, March 19, 1999 at Heartland Health Care in Paxton.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 22 at the Loda United Methodist Church with the Reverend Jerry Haley officiating. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda.
Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton and for one hour Monday at the church before the service.
Mr. Coulter was born June 27, 1912 at Paxton the son of Chester and Lida Kelly Coulter. He graduated from Paxton High School in 1930. He married Muriel Wilken, a former Onarga resident, on May 10, 1935 at the Methodist Parsonage in Tuscola with the Reverend Sauer officiating.
Survivors are his wife of Paxton; three sons, Melvin (Delores) Coulter of Paxton, Harold (Johen) Coulter of Eldon, Missouri, and Russell (Diana) Coulter of Gibson City; three daughters, Beverly Kingery of Urbana, Virginia (Larry) Ricks of Gibson City and Nancy Coulter and Frank Adams of Champaign; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Wendell (Arlene) Coulter of Paxton and one sister, Irma (Louie) Caspers of Loda.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Arline Hendrickson.
Mr. Coulter farmed in the Paxton and Loda areas until 1965 when he and his wife moved into Loda where they lived for 30 years. He also worked as a carpenter for both Oli Vivig and Del Kingren contractors. He retired in 1976.
He was a member of the Paxton United Methodist Church in Paxton until 1965 when he transferred his membership to the Loda United Methodist Church where he was a very active member. He was a Loda fireman for 25 years and was a member of the Loda Lions Club.
Memorials may be made to the Loda United Methodist Church or to the Paxton Share n Care Center.
3-24-1999 - date on newspaper

Crabbs, Mrs. Henry
Mrs. Henry Crabbs, for many years a resident of Gibson City, died last Thursday, Jan 4, at her home at Annawan, Illinois, aged 92 years, 6 months and 25 days. Her maiden name was Kizia Lloyd Caple. She was born near Baltimore, MD., June 10, 1830. Early in life she was married to John Garrett, who died in 1853. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Annetta Woodsmall of Little Rock, Ark., and Mary Etta, who lived with her mother until 1916, when she passed away at Bloomington, Ill.
In 1856 she married Henry Crabbs, who left her a widow in 1884, near LaGro, Ind. To this union were born Frances Luella, who died in infancy; David Henry of Los Angeles, Calif.; George Franklin, Eva May, and Gertrude of Annawan, Ill. Besides these she leaves to survive her long and useful life sixteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, besides many other relatives.
Mrs. Crabbs was the last of a family of fifteen children. She was converted to the Christian faith at the age of fifteen years, and had since been a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, placing her membership with the Community church of Annawan in which she had a deep interest, although unable to attend its services, having been an invalid for the past seven years.
1-11-1923-date on newspaper

Crary, Willis
Willis Crary died very suddenly at six o'clock last Friday evening at his home on Church Street. His death was due to heart trouble, induced by acute indigestion. The funeral was held at the home at four o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. R.P. Carson, pastor of the M.E. Church, having charge of the services, assisted by Rev. J.M. Broady, of the Presbyterian Church/ The remains were escorted to the cemetery by the Men's Bible Class of the Christian church, who marched in a body in front of the hearse. Mr. Crary had been a faithful and loyal member of this class. The following obituary was read at the funeral by Mr. Carson.
"The deceased was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, December 6, 1833, being aged 75 years, 7 months and 24 days at the time of his death. His boyhood was spent about Cincinnati and later he engaged in boating on the old canal through Dayton.
"He was united, in marriage June 23, 1852, to Miss Hester Robbins, and in 1869 he and his family moved overland in wagons to Illinois, and settled six miles south of the present site of this city. When the town sprung up he moved to this city in 1872, where for many years he followed the vocation of an auctioneer. This gave him a remarkably wide acquaintance and made him hundreds of friends all over this part of the county. For the past few years he had retired from active work and had plenty of time to cultivate his many friendships and enjoy a happy old age amid the scenes of manhood's endeavors.
"Of the five children of this home one died in infancy, one daughter in early womanhood and one son in manhood. Mrs. Emma Ragadale, a teacher in Paxton schools, and Chas. S. Crary, of Wankesha, Wisconsin, remains to comfort their mother.
8-6-1909 - date on newspaper

Crawford, Mrs. Mary
The funeral of Mrs. Mary Crawford, who died on Thursday of last week, took place at the residences of her granddaughter, Mrs. D.B. Wallace, on Church Street, at half past two o'clock last Saturday afternoon, Rev. John R. Golden officiating. A large number of relatives and old friends were present to pay their last tribute to the memory of the departed.
Mrs. Crawford was a native of Ohio. Her maiden name was Mary Hunt. She was born in Ohio April 1, 1821, but moved when still a little girl to La Salle county, Illinois. The state of Illinois was then a great wilderness, with only a few white settlements, and covered with roving bands of Indians, who were frequently on the warpath. The dark tragedies of those days among the redskins finally drove her family to return to Ohio for safety, deserting their new found home. A few years later they returned to find their homestead occupied by strangers. They again settled in La Salle County.
Mrs. Crawford was the oldest of a family of twelve children, of whom three sisters and four brothers survive. On Feb. 20, 1840, she was married to John Moore of the same neighborhood, and to this union were born two children, James and Margaret. Her husband died on Sept. 9, 1846. The son, James Moore, survives her, and has been a resident of this city for a number of years.
She was later married to Harry Crawford, and one child blessed this union. Both husband and child preceded her in death. Mrs. Crawford united with the Methodist Episcopal church in the year 1835, when she was only a young girl. She moved to Gibson City about 23 years ago, and had since that time made this place her home. She had lived for many years with Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Wallace. Her health had been failing for some time, and she was feeble with age. She died Nov. 8, 1906, at the ripe age of 85 years, 7 months, and 7 days. Weary with the long extended pilgrimage of life, she fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. Besides the surviving three sisters and four brothers, she leaves on son, two grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Among those from out of town who attended the funeral services were the following: Mr. Bud Moore of Chicago (a grandson); John Hunt, William J. Hunt and wife, Mrs. Ruth Miller, Mrs. Jane E. Dixon, Mrs. C.A Hildreth, Mrs. Laura Cooper, Mrs. Mary Worthington, Mrs. E.T. Magarity, Mrs. Rose McKinney, Misses Nettie Dixon and Della Hunt, John Hunt, Jr., William Hunt, James Dixon, Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Thompson, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Dixon of Melvin; Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hunt of Paxton; and Mrs. Paul Hoobler Clarence
Gibson City Courier
Friday November 16, 1906 Pg. 1

Crawford, Mrs. Mary
Mrs. Mary Crawford, a pioneer settler of Ford county, died at 11:45 o'clock yesterday forenoon, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. D.D. Wallace, after a protracted illness, aged 85 years, 7 months and 7 days. Mrs. Crawford was the mother of J. W. Moore of this city, and had been a resident of Gibson for 25 years. She had made her home with her granddaughter for fifteen of twenty years, and had been in failing health for a number of years. She was confined to her bed since last March, requiring constant attention, and her death was a merciful end to her sufferings. The funeral services will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace at half past two o'clock Saturday (tomorrow afternoon).
Gibson City Courier
Friday November 9, 1906

CROFT, ABRAM - Paxton Record, Thursday 6-29-1916
Had Been a Prominent Resident of Paxton for the Past Forty Years
Abram Croft passed away yesterday noon at his home on Cherry Street in this city. For the past two and a half years, Mr. Croft had been failing, but he had only been confined to his bed for the past two weeks. Mr. Croft was one of the oldest and best known citizens of this community, having come here in 1876. He had served Patton Twp as a member of the Board of Supervisors and was a member of the city council for several years. Abram Croft was born in Ohio and resided in that state until he came to Ford County, thirty-nine years ago last January. At the time of his death he was 79 years and 14 days of age. He was married four times. His first wife was a Miss Doran of Marshall County. In 1878 he married Miss Belle McMillen of this city who died in 1881. On 12-25-1888, he united in marriage with Ella G. Gaston of Paxton, with whom he lived twelve years until her death. In 1909 he married Miss Mayme Dancaster; she survives.

Cross, Leonard Delmar
Leonard Cross, age 82, of Gibson City died Wednesday 7-10-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Don Jones officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery where military rites were accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Pallbearers included Ron Harsha, George Tjardes, Harry Tjardes, Bob Nagle, Paul Obert and Jack Miller. Mr. Cross was born 5-24-1914 at Clear Lake, MN. A son of Lawrence and Irene Wilkerson Cross. He married Lillie Mae Eminger in 1948 at Gibson City. Survivors include his wife, Lillie Mae, one stepson, Paul Eminger of Spokane, Washington; one sister, Marie Weddle of Danville. Mr. Cross lived most of his life in Gibson City and worked as a farmer for all of his life. An Army veteran of WWII, he served as staff sergeant and .............................

CROWE, OWEN P. - postal clerk; WWII & Korea
b. 1905
s/o Wm. Edward and Alta Woodburn Crowe
d. 1978
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

CROWE, WILBERT E. - Airline Pilot, AF, WWII
b. 7-25-1912
s/o William and Alta Woodburn Crowe
d. 12-1-1961
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, shares stone with brother, Earl G. Crowe

Crowley, Charles H.
Charles H. Crowley, 90, Gibson City, died at 2:40 a.m. Monday (June 26, 2006) at the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gibson City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Phil Lutz will officiate. Visitation will be fro 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, 303 N. Church St., Gibson City, and for one hour before the service at the church.
Mr. Crowley was born July 23, 1915 in Dewey a son of Lee and Pearly Moorhead Crowley. He married Bernice Landis on June 19, 1943 in Urbana. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Walther (Linda) Crowley and Charlie (Jan) Crowley, both of Bloomington; three daughters, Harriet (Mike) Stuehm, Lewistown, Mont.; Ellen (Darin) Weise, Fithian and Julie (Ed) Matecki, Maryville; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Memorial tributes may be made to the GCMS High School, the Gibson Area Hospital or to the Gibson City United Methodist Church.
Mr. Crowley was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater with the 20th Armored Division. He received his master's degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois. He was a teacher at Gibson City High School from 1948-1975. He taught science, agricultural and industrial arts and coached baseball. He continued as a substitute for many years after retiring.
He was an active member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, serving on numerous boards and committees. He was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers' Association and served on the state board. He served as alderman and mayor of Gibson City.

CUNNING, JOHN - Gibson Courier, Friday 12-17-1880
On Saturday, 12-11-1880, of consumption, John Cunning, in the 21st year of his age. Funeral services were held on Sunday at the M.E. Church, Rev. Mr. Long officiating.

Clark Clayton Chilvers
ROBERTS - Clark C. Chilvers, 75, of Roberts died at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday (July 10, 1996) at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. A private graveside service will be Friday at Cass Cemetery, Darien. There will be no visitation. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Chilvers, Roberts; three daughters, Nancy Wilson, Lombard; Jana Simmons, Maple Park; and Jill Pehrson, Spanish Fort, Utah; one sister, Velma Henry, Lemont; and six grandchildren. [The Pantagraph, (Bloomington, IL) - July 11, 1996 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Evelyn L Chilvers
ROBERTS - The private graveside service for Evelyn L. Chilvers, 70, of Roberts will be Thursday at Cass Cemetery, Darien. There will be no visitation. Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements. She died at 7:09 a.m. Monday (April 17, 2000) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born Oct. 10, 1929, in San Francisco, a daughter of Robert and Dorothy Nelson Allen. She married Clark C. Chilvers on July 19, 1969, in Loda. He died July 10, 1996. Survivors include her mother, Dorothy Mansard, Chula Vista, Calif.; her faithful companion, Don Baker, with whom she made her home; three daughters, Nancy Wilson, Lombard; Jana Capello, Maple Park; and Jill Pehrson, Spanish Fort, Utah; a brother, Robert Mansard Jr., California; three sisters, Dorothy Sullan, San Diego; Edna Waters, California; and Roberta Simmon, Darien; and six grandchildren. Her father, a sister and a grandson also preceded her in death. [Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) - April 19, 2000 - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Belle E. Croft
Died at Paxton, June 13, Mrs. Belle E., 30 years 1 month 21 days, wife of A. Croft, and daughter of Hon. N. E. Stevens, editor of the Paxton, Ill. Record. [unknown newspaper, June 16, 1881 - Sub. by K.T.]


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