FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft unless noted otherwise...

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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Thomas Eddleman

Hilda Kathryn Rohwedder Efford

Marjorie Ellegard

Donald E. Erickson

Elmer Erickson

Russell G. Erp

J.W. Estes

Donald L. Eads

William O. Eads

Zelpha (Meece) Eads

Beulah C. (Ross) Eck

Merle (Baker) Edenburn

Maria Ehresman

Joseph Ehresman

Sena N. (Gregerson) Ekbom

Nancy Elder

Grace Elkin

J.D. Ellis

Frank R. Eminger

William F. Enghausen

Hazel L. (Schroeder) Enghausen

Marjorie D. (Walker) Engle

Harold H. Erdman

Albert August Erp

Alfred Erp

Idabelle Erp

A.C. Ertel

Jeanne P. (Plumbe) Etherton

Lynne (Harper) Etherton

Dwight "Dike" Eddleman

Don Ehlenfeld

HOWARD J. EHRESMAN

Roena Enghausen

William H. Elliott

Alfred Ehmen

Anna C. Schmidt Enghausen

 Kenneth Eastman

 Rick L. Edwards

 Archie Emly

 Ethel E. Erickson

Helmer Erickson

Otto Erickson

Augusta Erp

   


EDDLEMAN, Thomas - Funeral services for THOMAS DWIGHT "DIKE" EDDLEMAN, 78, of Champaign, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at University Place Christian Church, Champaign. The Rev. Deborah Owen and the Rev. John Faircloth will officiate. Private burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign. Mr. Eddleman died at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday 8-1-2001 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
He was born 12-27-1922 at Centralia, a son of Thomas and Alma Snider Eddleman. He married Teddy Townsley on 12-25-1945, at Centralia. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Tom Eddleman of Champaign; three daughters, Diana Lenzi of Tuscola, Nancy Hambright of San Antonio, and Kristy Stevenson of Orlando, FL; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Josephine Brosnan of Cape Coral, FL. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EFFORD, HILDA KATHRYN ROHWEDDER - 85, a resident of Heritage Manor in Normal, died at 11:07 a.m. Friday, 10-17-1997 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center. Her funeral will be at 10:a.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington. The Rev. Robert Montiel will officiate. Burial will be in the East Lawn Memorial Gardens in Bloomington.
She was born 1-28-1912 in Melvin, Il the daughter of Jacob and Augusta Jahnke Rohwedder. She married Donald W. Effort at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bloomington on 11-16-1935 where they had been members ever since their marriage. He died 8-1-1997. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, four brothers and one sister. She is survived by her daughter, Karen K. Kuniyoshi, Normal; and three grandchildren, Kyle G.T. Kuniyoshi of California; Krista L.A. Kuniyoshi of Il.; and K.C. Kuniyoshi of California; and a god daughter, Carol Johnson. **(typist note: DONALD WOOD EFFORD - a Mason, b. 3-25-1910 Sheboygan, WI, parents: Dr. William Wood and Grace Alena Wood Efford, m. Hilda K. Rohwedder 11-16-1935, St. Mathews Episcopal, Bloomington, Il, d. 8-1-1997 @ Heritage Manor in Normal, Il, buried: East Lawn Memorial Gardens. Survivors: wife, Hilda, daughter, Karen Efford Kuniyoshi, Normal sister: Evangeline Phillips of California three grandchildren) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

MARJORIE ELLEGARD
9-27-1923 to 9-30-1999
Services: Saturday, October 2, 1999
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City
Officiating: The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky
Burial: Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, Il.
Pallbearers:
Al Higgins
Dick Jardine
Earl Young
Randy Carden
Scott Samet
Greg Samet
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERICKSON, DONALD E. - age 70 of Gibson City, died at 3 a.m. Tuesday 11-17-1992 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City with the Reverends William Smith and Thomas Condron officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military services accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Robin Johnson, Louis Miller, Harold Bond, Ron Davis, Jerry Lynch and Russell Coulter. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City where a prayer service was at 8 p.m.
Mr. Erickson was born 2-20-1922 in Fisher, a son of Nels and Ethel Hamblin Erickson. He married Joanne Benjamin on 9-6-1958 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Charles Erickson of Indianapolis, Indiana and Richard Erickson of Elliott; one daughter, Becky Brucker of Gibson City; three grandchildren and one brother, Darrell Erickson of Champaign. One sister preceded him in death. Mr. Erickson had been a foreman in the feed mill at Central Soya in Gibson City. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and the 25th Century Club at Central Soya. An Army veteran of WWII, Mr. Erickson was a former member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6289. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERICKSON, ELMER - 88, of Paxton, died at10:32 a.m. Saturday, 9-29-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Arrangements pending at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERP, RUSSELL G. - 65, rural Gibson City, died at 4:33 a.m. yesterday 7-25-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Lauarence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mr. Erp was born 7-23-1924, in Canby, Minn., a son of George and Margurite Buesing Erp. Survivors include three aunts, Idabelle Erp and Margaret Buesing, both of Gibson City; and Doris Brading, Bloomington. Mr. Erp lived most of his life in Gibson City. He had farmed for many years and had been a clerk at area auctions for more than 35 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City, where he was a former elder, and a member of Gibson City Moose Lodge. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Honorary Bearers: Fred Gilmore, Robert Shirley, Pallbearers: Gayle Glascock, Loren Carlson, Bud Gee
Vernon Roesch, Loran Harris, Elden Kline (Lamb-Young Funeral Home) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ESTES, J.W. - born 12-3-1870, Edmonton, KY, son of the late Oatha and Rachel Estes died Saturday 7-25-1925, age 54 years, 7 mo. 22 days from injuries received in an auto accident at the intersection of Rt. 9 East and the Elliott road. He was thrown from the car and received a broken neck. Killed along with him was a son, Joseph Estes, age 5 mos., who died of a fractured skull. Both are buried in the Blackford-Waggoner Cemetery southwest of Elliott, Il.
Mr. Estes was married 3-27-1890 to Ellen Syra, who died in Edmonton, KY., 9-14-1908. Children: Wiley Estes, Mrs. Virgil Martin, Bertha Nance, Mrs. Philip Hitchens, Mrs. Luther Thorson and Otis Estes. Mr. Estes remarried 3-13-1910 in Edmonton, KY to Winnie Martin of Edmonton, KY. Children: Harold Estes, John Estes, Joseph Estes, and Bernice Unzicker. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EVERMAN, CRAIG - Funeral services for Craig Everman, who died 12-1-2002 were Wednesday morning at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbeaers were Darell Pagel, Dennis Pardick, Randy Ferguson, Randy McCormick, Jeff Wellington, and Jeff Zumwalt. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


EADS, DONALD L.- 51, of Gibson City, a hospital employee, died at 6:40 a.m. yesterday 6-1-1988 at his home. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Dick Cates officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mr. Eads was born 9-1-1936 in Champaign, a son of Otha and Zelphia Meece Eads. He married Vonda Adams on 6-7-1964 in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include his parents, Gibson City; three sons, Randy, Champaign; Troy, Gibson City; and Derik, at home; one sister, Barbara Painter, San Diego, Ca.; and one grandson. Mr. Eads had been a resident of the Gibson City area most of his life. He had been employed for 21 years at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


EADS, WILLIAM O.- The funeral of William Otha Eads, 82, a resident of the Gibson City area most of his life and a former farmer, construction and cemetery employee, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Mike Curtiss will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Eads died at 8:35 a.m. Thursday 12-13-1990 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. He was born 1-1-1908, at Jamestown, KY., a son of John and Molly Stephens Eads. He married Zelpha Meece in June 1934 at Russell Springs, Ky. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Barbara Painter, San Diego; four sisters, Pearl Smith, Cincinnati; Modeen Mann, Rantoul; Oleen Miller, Parker, Colo.; and Pauline Heins, Macomb; five grandchldren; and two great-grandchildren. One son, two brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Eads farmed and later was a construction worker. He also was employed at Drummer Twp Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EADS, ZELPHA (MEECE)- The funeral of Zelpha Eads, 80, of Gibson City will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Michael Curtis will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Eads died at 6 p.m. Thursday 10-27-1994 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. She was born 3-25-1914 at Russell Springs, KY., a daughter of Cornelius and Polly Brown Meece. She married William Otha Eads 6-26-1935 at Russell Springs, KY. He died 12-13-1990. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Painter, San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Thelma Goodwin, Rantoul; Nora Cooper, Philo; and Elva Wilson, Ohio; a brother, Ethridge Meece, Russell Springs, Ky.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son and a brother. Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


ECK, BEULAH C. (ROSS) - 67, of Gibson City died at 5:50 a.m. Monday 8-14-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and chapel services by the Gibson City Women of the Moose will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Eck was born 2-6-1922 at Metcalf, a daughter of Grover and Ila Mae Bennett Ross. She married Kenneth E. Eck on 1-6-1947 at Metcalf. He died 9-23-1984. She is survived by a son, Frank Cox of Indianapolis; two daughters, Kathy Thompson of Gibson City and Millie Sowers of Jamestown, Ind.; a brother, Bud Ross of Clinton, Ind.; and four sisters, Myrtle Lu Allen of Toledo, Ohio, Mardell Smith of Clinton, Indiana, and Mildred Derby and Eva Cary, both of Wilcox, Ariz. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mrs. Eck was a resident of Gibson City since 1950 and retired from General Electric, Bloomington in January 1978. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion auxiliaries of Gibson City, the Women of the Moose of Gibson City; and the Church of the Nazarene. Memorial contrubitons may be made to the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EDENBURN, MERLE (BAKER) - Funeral services for Merle Edenburn, 69, of Gibson City were at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Edenburn died at 12:45 p.m. Monday 12-30-1991 at her home in Gibson City. She was born 9-6-1922 in Preston, Miss., a daughter of Rueben and Mattie Alexander Baker. She married James Edenburn on 1-20-1945 at Brandon, Miss. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Randy Edenburn of Roberts; one daughter, Sandy O'Neal of Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren; one brother, Dolphe Baker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and five sisters, Mavis Pittman and Ina Carmichael, both of Meridian, Miss., Vonnie Teer and Stuart Fulton, both of Preston, Miss., and Jewel Myers of Brandon, Miss. She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister. Mrs. Edenburn worked at Rose's Dress Shop in Gibson City. She was a member of the United Methodist Church at Gibson City and the Faith and Fellowship Sunday school class. Memorial contrubitons may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EHRESMAN, MARIA G. (GENSHEMIER)- The funeral of Maria G. Ehresman, age 86 of Gibson City, was conducted Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. The Reverend William Smith officiated with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, GibsonCity. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home where the wake service was held at 6 p.m. Pallbearers were Eugene Johnson, Gene Gardner, Paul Obert, Arthur Fisher, Douglas Knapp and Glenn Davis. Mrs. Ehresman died at 4:46 p.m. Tuesday, 12-19-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. She was born 3-18-1903 near Gibson City, a daughter of Jacob and Rosie Shive Genshemier. She married Howard Ehresman on 1-12-1946 at Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving is one sister, Leona Quinn of Bloomington. Mrs. Ehresman was preceded in death by one brother. She lived in Gibson City all of her life, working for 36 years as a schoolteacher. She was president for two years for the VFW Auxiliary 6289 in Gibson City and president for two years of the Senior Women's Club. Mrs. Ehresman was also a member of the Sweet Adelines of Champaign and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, to which memorials may be made. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EHRESMAN, JOSEPH - 91, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, 2-18-1943 at Mrs. Belle Williams' nursing home in Gibson City where he had been ill for several months. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. A.H. Flagge officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 4-9-1851 near Goodfield, Il., and he married Miss Anna Saltzman in 1876, who preceded him in death in 1938. He had lived around Gibson City for the last 35 years. He was a retired farmer. He sold his home 10 years ago and made his home with his sons in Gibson City. Surviving are two sons; Walter and Charles of Gibson City; two brothers, Jacob of Piper City and Sam of Washington; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. (Gibson City Courier - 1943) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EKBOM, SENA N. (GREGERSON)- 93, Paxton, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday (9-19-1977) at her home. She had been in failing health for a year. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Wayne Steel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 9-8-1884 at Gibson City, a daughter of Chris and Karen Sorenson Gregerson. She married Edward J. Ekbom, 2-4-1903 at Gibson City. He died in July 1948. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lucille Mildner, Chicago; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, a sister and three brothers. She lived in the Gibson City and Paxton area where she and her husband had farmed. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Paxton, and the FLCW, the Moffett Club and the Homemakers Social Club. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ELDER, NANCY (CANNOY) KELLER - 75, a life-time resident of Gibson City died at 9:17 p.m. Monday at the Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. David Eadie will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation is 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Born 6-17-1896 at Wytheville, Va., a daughter of James and Lucy Callahan Cannoy, she married to Henry Keller, 2-21-1918 at Arrowsmith. He died 3-25-1958. Her marriage to George Elder was in April 1961 at Santa Ana, Ca. He died in June 1962. Mrs. Elder spent most of her life in the Gibson City area with the exception of the 10 years she lived in California. She was a member of the Church of Christ, Garden Grove, Ca., and the Gold Star Mothers of WWII. Surviving are three daughters, Kathryn Schroeder, Garden Grove, Ca.; Lucy Cunningham, Champaign; Ann Enghausen, Pontiac; one son, Lester Keller, Verona; one sister, Maudie Bridgwater, Gibson City; one brother, James Cannoy, Dunedin, Fl., nine grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren . A son, killed in action in the Phillipine Islands during WWII, four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ELKIN, GRACE J. (SAWYER) JORDAN - 94, of Gibson City, a lifelong resident of the Gibson City area, died at 7:35 a.m. yesterday at the Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Carl Johnston officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Elkin was born 9-10-1892 in Champaign County, a daughter of John and Katherine Knerr Sawyer. She married Ralph Jordan on 2-17-1912 in Ford Co. He died 6-1-1948. She married Paul S. Elkin on 2-14-1952 at Gibson City. He died 9-12-1983. Survivors include two sons, Virgil Jordan, Astaula, Fl.; and Donald Jordan, Paxton; two daughters, Betty Leffler and Jenedia Jensen, both of Gibson City; one stepson, Richard Elkin, Champaign; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. One brother and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Elkin was a member of the Gibson City Woman's Club, Gibson City Recreation Club, the Blackford Community Club and the Gibson City United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ELLIS, J.D. - age 76 of Gibson City died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, 1-26-1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday January 31 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Ellis was born 1-15-1920 at Magnolia, Ark., a son of Madden and Mary Studis Ellis. He is survived by one sister, Mary Martin of Magnolia, Ark. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EMINGER, FRANK R. - committed suicide Sunday morning, 8-13-1899. He had not been well for several days. On Saturday evening he came in from the farm with his brother, John. During the night he became restless and went out of the house - his brother became uneasy and went out to search for him and found his body hanging from the rafters in the hay loft. He had taught school and farmed. He is survived by a brother, A.H. Eminger; sisters, Mrs. J.B. Snider and Mrs. Jesse Fry. b. 1-1-1858 parents: John H. & Mary C. Riegs Eminger d. 8-13-1899 (Gibson City Courier) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ENGHAUSEN, WILLIAM F. - 65, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday at Gibson Community Hospital. He had been admitted only a few hours earlier after suffering an apparent heart attack. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Lutheran Church, with the Rev. O.H. Kreiter officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City cemetery. Visitation will be at Lamb Funeral Home from 7 - 9 tonight. He was born 12-13-1906 in Sibley, a son of Ben and Christina Schumacher Enghausen. He married Hazel Schroeder 10-16-1930 in Anchor. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Sylvia Ahrens, Gibson City; three sons, Thomas and Lyle, both of Gibson City and Gerald, of Fisher; eight grandchildren; a sister, Emma Neubauer, Sibley; three brothers, Chris and Ben, both of Sibley and John, Minneapolis, Minn. A sister and two brothers preceded him in death. He had been a farmer and was a lifelong resident of the Sibley - Gibson City areas. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ENGHAUSEN, HAZEL L. (SCHROEDER)- age 82 of Gibson City died at 9 a.m. Wednesday 2-10-1993 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home and from 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Pallbearers were David Enghausen, Rodney Enghausen, Kevin Enghausen, Brian Enghausen, Brett Enghausen, and Keith Ahrens. Mrs. Enghausen was born 7-21-1910 in Anchor Twp McLean County, a daughter of Pete and Emma Brading Schroeder. She married William Enghausen on 10-16-1930 in Anchor. He died 8-25-1972. Survivors include three sons, Thomas of Gibson City; Lyle of Foosland; and Gerald of Fisher; one daughter, Sylvia Ahrens of Kankakee; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernie Schroeder of Gibson City and Franklin Schroeder of Garden Grove, California and one sister, Helen Cramer of Gibson City. Mrs. Enghausen was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Guthrie Community Club. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ENGLE, MARJORIE D. (WALKER) - age 78 of Columbus, Ohio, formerly of Gibson City, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday, 9-2-1989 at Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. Her funeral will be held Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Tony Gandy, Eldon Kline, Roscoe Decker, Patrick Walker, Gene Lenzi, and Jessie Gonnam. Mrs. Engle was born 1-1-1911 in Mazon, a daughter of Floyde E. and Myrtle Symons Walker. She married S. Gerald Engle 4-16-1942 in Gibson City and he survives. Also surviving are one son, Steven G. of Golden, Colorado; one daughter, Carol Jurgensen, Puyallup, Washington; one brother, Floyde S. Walker of Gibson City; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother. Mrs. Engle had been a resident of Columbus, Ohio for 41 years. She attended Illinois State University and taught school for several years. She later worked as a secretary and office manager in Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of Overbrook Presbyterian Church in Columbus. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERDMAN, HAROLD H. - The funeral of Harold H. Erdman, 78, RR 1 Dewey, who died Thursday 5-22-1986 was conducted Sunday at the American Lutheran Church, Rantoul, the Rev. Marvin Remmers officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Erdman was a former truck driver for a Paxton business. Visitation will be from 5 - 8:30 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He was born 4-8-1908 in McLean County, a son of August and Alice Pils Erdman. He married Mona Hamm on 5-11-1935 at Elgin. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, Les and Fred, both of Tucson, Ariz.; and Gerald, Gibson City; two daughters, Juanita Bradley, Urbana and Twyla Berkler, Lockport; a brother, Wayne, St. Joseph; two sisters, Elva Koerner, Chatsworth, and Violet Florence, Lacey, Wash.; 18 grandchildren; two step-grand-children; 15 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Dorothy Tanner; a daughter, and a sister. He was a retired farmer and truck driver, having been employed by Howard Thomas Gravel Co. of Paxton and W.V. Williams Contractors of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERP, ALBERT AUGUST - b. 8-27-1901, Drummer Twp parents: Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Erp baptized: 9-29-1901 d. January 1911, age 10 yrs 4 mo 25 day cause: intestinal problems buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERP, ALFRED - b. 8-27-1901 parents: Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Erp baptized: 9-29-1901 d. 12-23-1903 cause: intestinal problems buried: Drummer Twp Cemetery [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERP, IDABELLE - age 100 of Gibson City died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, 3-3-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibosn City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Friday before the services at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Perry Chizek, Robert Chizek, Keith Chizek, Vernon Roesch, William Hunter and David Stolz. Miss Erp was born 2-4-1899 at Gibson City a daughter of Clause J. and Augusta P. Koenig Erp. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. A resident of Gibson City for all of her life, Miss Erp was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ERTEL, A.C. - b. 10-28-1866, Goshen Ohio m. 2-5-1893 to Mrs. Nancy J. Huffman (she died 10-2-1914) came to Gibson City in 1889 to the baraber business. d. 2-5-1920, age 53 yr 3 mo 22 da at Sedilia, Mo. bur: Drummr Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. preceding him in death: his mother in 1896 3 brothers survivors include: his aged father 4 brothers 3 sisters [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ETHERTON, JEANNE P. (PLUMBE) - 52, was dead on arrival at 1:30 a.m. Friday 8-22-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home with Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Dick Walter, Dike Eddleman, Harold Cochran, Floyde Walker, Dr. Robert Rankin and John E. Anderson. Mrs. Etherton was born 11-28-1927 in Chicago, a daughter of George and Catherine Wernz Plumbe. She married Dr. Edson L. Etherton 10-19-1953 in Chicago. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Denise Carlson, Lindenhurst; and Susan Dunnan, Warrensburg; three sons, William J., Chicago; Robert T., Lincoln; and Edward F., Marion; her mother, Aurora; a sister, Shirley Boland, Lombard; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother. Mrs. Etherton lived in Gibson City since 1953, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary, Champaign Country Club, Indian Springs Country Club, the Hospital Marathon Bridge Club and Elliott AmVets Auxiliary. She served as a Girl Scout leader for several years. Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Crippled Childrens' Hospital, Gibson Community Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ETHERTON, LYNNE (HARPER) - age 47 of Normal, formerly of Gibson City, died at her home at 1:08 a.m. Thursday, 2-29-1996. Memorial services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmisson and Dr. T. Ewen Holmes officiating. Private burial services were at the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from noon - 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Mrs. Etherton was born 5-23-1948 at Urbana, a daughter of Virgil and Verona Anderson Harper. She married Tom Etherton on 8-31-1968 at Gibson City. Survivors include her husband, Tom Etherton of Normal; one son, Eric Etherton and one daughter, Elizabeth Etherton, both of Normal; her parents, Verona and Harold Thomas of Gibson City; one brother, Steve Harper of Gibson City; two sisters, Pam Bell of Bradley and Kathy Thomas of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. Etherton was a graduate of Illinois State University. She taught in the school systems in the surrounding area. She was an account manager at Lincoln office in Bloomington. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Normal. She and her husband started the Gibson City Swim Team in 1968. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City Swimming Pool to provide swimming lessons for needy children and adults. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

DWIGHT "DIKE" EDDLEMAN Gibson City - University of Illinois sports legend, Dwight "Dike" Eddleman, died Wednesday 8-1-2001 at Carle Hospital in Urbana. Eddleman, who spent 18 years working in personnel with Central Soya in Gibson City, died of a heart ailment at 78. He was considered by many the greatest all-around athlete in University of Illinois history. During his sports career Eddleman competed in the Olympics, Final Four and the Rose Bowl in less than two years. During his Illinois career he earned 11 letters. His legacy on campus will last "as long as athletics are played at the University of Illinois," said U of I Athletic Director Ron Gunther in a Chicago Tribune article. "He was a teriffic athlete, but more importantly he was a terrific person." Following his careeer at Central Soya, Eddleman worked as a fund raiser for the University of Illinois Athletic Association. Beginning in 1992 Eddleman served as director emeritus of the Fighting Illini Scholarship Fund. Since 1993 the university's Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards have been named for Eddleman. A native of Centralia, Eddleman led the Centralia Orphans to the 1942 state basketball championship. During his high school career he scored a then state record 2702 career points in basketball and won three state high jump titles. Eddleman was a punter on Illinois' 1946 Rose Bowl champions. He won an NCAA title and won a silver medal in the high jump in the 1948 Olympic Games in London. He was named the Big Ten's Most Valuable player in 1949 after he led the team to the Big Ten basketball crown and the final four. Eddleman was a member of the "Whiz Kids" teams under basketball coach Harry Combs. After graduating from the University of Illinois he played in the National Basketball League which would later become the NBA. He played for three different teams in four years before retiring in 1953. Eddleman is survived by his wife, Teddy; a son, Thomas Dwight Eddleman, Jr., three daughters, Dianna Eddleman Lenzi, Nancy Dru Hambright and Kristsy Ann Stevenson; and seven grandchildren.

DON EHLENFELD Don Ehlenfeld, 65, of Gibson City died at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday, 7-15-1997 at his home. Mr. Ehlenfeld served as Gibson City's mayor, having been elected in the April 1 election.

HOWARD J. EHRESMAN Howard J. Ehresman, 89, of Gibson City, died at 3:05 a.m. Wednesday 1-5-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. The Rev. William Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with a rosary at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. He was born 8-29-1910, in McLean County, a son of Charles and Anna Johnson Ehresman. He married Maria Genshemier on 1-12-1946, in Gibson City. She died 12-19-1989. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. His parents, two brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.


ROENA ENGHAUSEN Roena Lynn Enghausen, 50, of 204 W. Washington St., Champaign, formerly of Gibson City, died Tuesday evening 5-29-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at Lux Memorial Chapel, Rantoul, the Rev. Morris Christman officiating. Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery, Fisher. Visitation will be from noon - 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Enghausen was born 8-28-1939, at Russell Springs, KY., a daughter of Kermit and Martha Christman Gosser. She attended Gibson City schools. Survivors include two sons, David Enghausen of Gibson City and Rodney Enghausen of Rantoul, two daughters, Denise Enghausen of Gibson City and Kimberly Brown of Fairbury; her parents of Urbana; two sisters, Gretchen Weberg of St. Paul, Minn., and Rita Foster of Danville; and a brother.........

WILLIAM H. ELLIOTT William Hubert Elliott, 86, Elmhurst, a Paxton area native died Saturday 3-15-2003. A memorial service was Wednesday at Firsts Congregational Church of Elmhurst United Church of Christ. Burial was private. He was preceded in death by his wife, Idella Moundy Elliott. paxton record 3-19-2003

ALFRED EHMEN Alfred Ehmen, 84, of Paxton died at 7:15 p.m. Friday 4-11-2003 at Heartland Health Care, Paxton. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loda. The Rev. David Allen officiatied. Burial was in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Mr. Ehmen was born 3-7-1919 at Melvin, a son of Ernest and Margaret Gercken Ehmen. He married Doris Foster on 9-29-1946 in rural Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, James Ehmen of rural Paxton and Douglas Ehmen of Cloverdale, Ind., two daughters, Deborah Tudor of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Sherryl Ecker of Paxton; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Delmar Ehmen of Melvin and Donald Ehmen of Watseka; and several other relatives. He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother. Mr. Ehmen lived in rural Melvin and rural Perdueville as a child; he attended rural schools, the Walnut Dell and Stringtown schools in rural Ford County and graduated from Paxton High School in 1937. He graduated from the Utilities Engineering Institute of Chicago as a certified refrigerator technician. He had numerous jobs in Chicago during WWII and worked in civil service at Chanute AFB, Rantoul for 34 years before retiring in 1985. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Loda, where he had held offices including Sunday school superintendent. He was a member of the Lutheran Layman's League and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, metalworking, traveling, fishing, hunting and collecting rocks. paxton record 4-16-2003

ENGHAUSEN, ANNA C. SCHMIDT - Anna Margaretha C. Enghausen, 82, of Sibley died at 1:30 p.m. yesterday 11-1-1987 at her home. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. William Hecht officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Anchor. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb - Young Funeral Home, Roberts, and an hour before the service at the church on Wednesday. She was born 1-6-1905, in Anchor, a daughter of Herman and Emma Landau Schmidt. She married George Enghausen on 2-12-1924 in Sibley. He died 1-1-1971. Surviving are three daughters, Twilight Warnke and Alberta Stamm, both of Urbana; and Maxine Walters of Sibley; one sister, Christina Molck, Onarga; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one grandson, one brother and three sisters. She was a resident of Sibley since 1955. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, and the American Lutheran Church Women.



These obituaries were all transcribed for Illinois Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton:

Eastman, Kenneth
Word was received here Monday morning of the death of Kenneth, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Eastman, of Mapleton, Minn. Mrs. Eastman was formerly Miss Emma Johnson, daughter of August Johnson and sister of A.W. Johnson of this city. The little boy is survived by his parents and the following sisters and brother; Vivian, Wendell and a twin sister, Ardenne [3-29-1928- date on newspaper]

Edwards, Rick L.
Rick L. Edwards, age 51 of El Paso died at 11:12 a.m. June 14, 2006 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center Normal. His funeral was at 10 a.m. June 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor with the Michael Kolesar officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Edwards was born Nov. 21, 1954 at Gibson City a son of Clayton L. and Thelma Boatwright Edwards.
He married Cynthia Engel on July 8, 1978 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Secor and she survives.
Other survivors include his mother, Thelma Edwards of Bloomington; two sons, Joshua and Adam Edwards, both of El Paso; one daughter, Elizabeth Edwards of Bloomington; one grandson, Cayden Edwards; one granddaughter, Zoey Edwards; four sisters, Barbara (Ron) Wahl of Morton, Helen (Norman) Brooks of Heyworth, Clara (Ron) Hempstead of Normal and three brothers, Danny (Connie) Edwards, Randy (Laura) Edwards, and Paul (Tina) Edwards, all of Hudson; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Marlene Engel of Kappa and his wife's grandmother, Beulah Shoemaker of Kappa. He was preceded in death by his father. Mr. Edwards was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Secor. He was formerly employed by American Disposal, Bloomington


Emly, Archie
Archie Emly, 61, 616 S. Melvin, Gibson City, a retired employee of Central Soya Co. Inc., died at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, May 29, 1977 at Mercy Hospital Urbana.
His funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Wed. June 1, at Gibson City Bible Church, the Rev. Merle Conklin officiating. Burial was in riverside Cemetery, Saybrook. Pallbearers were Nelson Sommer, Wilbert Crabtree, Dale Riblet, Clarence Sutherland, Lewis Birkey, and Bill Halliday.
He was born Oct. 23, 1915, in Scipio, Ind., a son of Samuel and Emma Kleber Emly. He married Margaret Davis, Dec. 27, 1942, in Saybrook. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Patricia Taylor, Waynesville; four brothers, John Emly, Louisville, Ky.; Dave Emly, Jeffersonville, Ind., and Paul Emly and Samuel Emly, both of North Vernon, Ind., and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Bannister, Deputy Ind.; Mrs. Anna Cochran, Indianapolis, Ind., and Mrs. Bessie Galyen, Scipio, Ind. His parents, two infant sons, three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Emly, who retired from Central Soya in December 1975, was a 25 year Gibson City resident and a member of Gibson City Bible Church. Memorials may be made to the church or the Illinois Heart Foundation.

Erickson, Ethel E. Hamblin
Mrs. Ethel E. Erickson died suddenly at her home Sunday, 11-22-1964 of an apparent heart attack. She was under a doctor's care. Funeral services were Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Floy Ekin officiating; burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born 10-25-1900 at Rogersville, TN. a daughter of Thomas and Margaret Price Hamblin. She was married to Ben Erickson 12-17-1920 in Elliott; he died 12-24-1951.
Surviving are two sons, Donald, Gibson City, Darrell, Champaign; a daughter, Mrs. Delores Johnson, Gibson City; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Bond, Elliott; Mrs. William Gudenrath, Buckley; two brothers, William Hamblin, LeRoy and Carl, Attica, Indiana. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Royal Neighbors of America.


ERICKSON, HELMER
The funeral of Helmer Erickson, 88, of Paxton, formerly of Elliott, will be Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Peter Erickson will officiate; burial will be in Elliott Cemetery. He died Saturday 9-29-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was born 6-30-1902, near Elliott, a son of Jacob and Belle Erickson. He married Myrtle Stange 1-14-1933 in Champaign; she survives. Also surviving are one son, David, Whitinsville, Mass.; two grandchildren and two sisters, Martha Neal, Gibson City and Ruth Ljung, Elliott. He was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters. Mr. Erickson had lived in Paxton since 1976. He farmed most of his life, retiring in 1974. He worked at Chanute Air Force Base for 20 years. He was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church in Paxton.

ERICKSON, OTTO
Former Elliott Man Died in Washington
Funeral services for Otto Erickson, son of Thomas Erickson of Ottawa, Il., formerly of this vicinity, who died last Friday night (3-9-1929) at his home in Washington, D.C., were held yesterday afternoon at the Elliott Lutheran Church, the services being in charge of Rev. Oppedahl, pastor of the church. Interment was in the Elliott Lutheran Church cemetery. The body was brought to Elliott Tuesday, arriving on the 11:55 Illinois Central train in Gibson City. Mr. Erickson, who was a son of Thomas Erickson, left this locality about four years ago, going to Washington, D.C. where he was employed by the National Surety Company. Besides his father, he leaves his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Hannah Olson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Olson of near Melvin, and two children, a boy and a girl. Death was due to double pneumonia and complications.

Erp, Augusta Pauline Koenig
Gibson City - Mrs. Augusta Erp, 72, died Thursday, 12-10-1936, at the home of her son, George W. Erp. The funeral will be Sunday in First Presbyterian Church; burial to be in the Cemetery at Gibson City.
She was born in Germany, a daughter of Christian and Henrietta Koenig and came to Anchor in 1882. The following year she was married in Bloomington to Claus John Erp. They spent their entire married life farming north of Gibson City. Mr. Erp died October 1921, and she and her youngest daughter, Idabelle, moved to Gibson City, purchasing the C.E. Lowry residence on North Melvin Street. About two years ago they closed their home and returned to her farm now operated by her son, George W. Erp, with whom they have since resided.
She is survived by eight children: Mrs. John (Annie) McNaughton, John Erp, William Erp, Mrs. Ed (Susanna) Stroh, Mrs. Alfred (Marie) Harm, Mrs. John (Dorothea Sophia) Bunting, George W. Erp, and Idabelle Erp.


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