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Obituary of Edna Mae Carver Hiel
Eagle Publications, December 17, 2005
Edna Mae Hiel
  Edna Mae Hiel, 81, Astoria, formerly of Bushnell, died at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at the Astoria Gardens and Rehab Center, Astoria.
  She was born Jan. 20, 1924 in Cass Twp. Fulton Co., Illinois the daughter of Charlie and Nellie (Roberts) Carver. She married Wayne "Bill" Hiel, Nov. 28, 1953, in Bushnell. He preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1992.
  She is survived by one daughter, Cindy (Roger) McGrew, Havana; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, C.C. Carver, Garland, Texas; and Joseph Carver, Pekin; and one sister, Mary Orwig, Cuba.
  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by brother.
  She was a past member of Young s Lake in Kirkwood, Mo.
  Services were held Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, with the Rev. Trisha Chapman officiating.
  Burial was in the Avon Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Astoria Gardens and Rehab Center or the Bushnell Rescue Squad.

Obituary for Frances Hoyle Hiland
Eagle Publications, December 19, 2002
Frances Hiland
  Frances Hiland, 93, Macomb Senior Living Center in Macomb formerly of Augusta passed away at 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002 in the center.
  She was born March 3, 1909 near Table Grove the daughter of John and Susan (Buzzard) Hoyle. She married Emmett Hiland on Oct. 14, 1927 in Carthage. He died July 14, 1970.
  She is survived by two sons, Bob Hiland, Colchester and Dwayne "Bub" Hiland, Blandinsville; one sister, Bernice Carson, Macomb; 20 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sons, John, Roger, Jack and Gerald Hiland and a grandson in infancy.
  She had been employed at the Army ammunition plant in Burlington, Iowa, also Davis Cleaver in Quincy and Dennis Chicken in Augusta, She attended Macomb High School and she was of the Methodist faith.
  Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002 in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta. Memorials may be made to Woodlawn Cemetery Assc. or the Macomb Senior Living Center Activities Fund.

Obituary for Mary Ellen Griffin Hill
State Journal Register, Springfield IL, May 18, 2005
Mary Hill
 Taylorville - Mary Ellen Hill, 90, of Taylorville died Monday, May 16, 2005, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.
  She was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Table Grove, the daughter of Earl G. and Florine Frazier Griffin. She married Paul N. Hill in 1934 in Taylorville; he died in 1989. A son, Paul F. Hill, also preceded her in death.
  Mrs. Hill was a homemaker. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville.
  Survivors: three daughters, Helen (husband, Patrick) Beaty of LeRoy, Donna Brown of Rockvale, Tenn., and Freda Hallett of Taylorville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and brother, Robert L. (wife, Roberta) Griffin of Taylorville.
  Services: 2 p.m. Friday, McClure Funeral Home, Taylorville, the Rev. Tim Moats officiating. Burial: Anderson Cemetery, Palmer.

Obituary for Pearl E. Beaird Hite
Eagle Publications, February 25, 2003
Pearl E. Hite
  Pearl E. Hite, 83, Prairie City, died at 12:39 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
  She was born Jan. 27, 1920, in Seville, the daughter of Benjamin M. and Lottie May (Orwig) Beaird.
  She married Maurice Oren Hite on April 7, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo.
  Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Donna (Gene) Young, Avon; one brother, Bennie (Josephine) Beaird, Canton; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
  She was a homemaker and lived in Prairie City since 1946.
  Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Corman Memorial Home, Avon.
  Burial was in Avon Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Bushnell Rescue Squad.

Obituary of Portia Florence Campbell Hodges
Peoria Journal Star, December 2, 1991, Page: C7
Portia Hodges
  Macomb - Portia Florence Hodges, 94, of Macomb died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 1991, at the Macomb Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where she was a resident.
  Born Jan. 3, 1897, in LaHarpe to Charles and Florence Simmons Campbell, she married Charles Hodges on Feb. 2, 1916. He died on Jan. 28, 1980. She also was preceded in death by two sons, William and James, three brothers and three grandchildren.
  She is survived by two sons, Howard "Rusty" of Macomb and Charles H. Jr. of Tomball, Texas; five daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Lucille) Newell and Mrs. Delmar (Josephine) Deems, both of Blandinsville, Mrs. Myra Robinson of Morton, Mrs. William (Charlene) Downey of Avon and Mrs. Paul (Claudia) McGrann of Andalusia; 35 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
  A longtime McDonough County resident, she hosted a radio show on Americanism at WKIA for 20 years, and was appointed to the Americanism Committee at Valley Forge, Pa., in 1960. She was an invited guest at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural in 1960, and served as national president of the National War Dads Auxiliary.
  She was a member of the Household Science Club, Grandmothers Club and Rocking Chair Club, all in Macomb.
  She also was a member of the First Christian Church in Macomb.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, the Rev. James Stovall officiating. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb.
  Memorials may be made to her church.

Obituary of Gladys F. Purman Hollenback
Peoria Journal Star, March 25, 1996, Page: D6
Gladys Hollenback
  Macomb - Gladys F. Hollenback, 83, of Moline, formerly of Macomb, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 1996, at Chenoweth Nursing Home in Green Rock.
  Born Sept. 7, 1912, in Macomb to Fred and Minnie Barnhart Purman, she married Francis E. Hollenback on June 25, 1930, in Lewistown. He died Nov. 11, 1984. One sister also preceded her in death.
  Surviving are three sons, Richard of Rock Island, the Rev. Jack of Moline and Owen of Silvis; one sister, Beulah Mulhatten of Macomb; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
  She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Moline.
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Randall Whitmier will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery in Table Grove.
  Memorials may be made to her church, 1901 12th St., Moline, Ill. 61265.

Obituary of Lewis B. Hollenback
Peoria Journal Star, August 16, 1997, Page: D9
Lewis Hollenback
  Adair - Lewis B. Hollenback, 72, of 121 Maple St. died at 1:15 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 1997, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  Born June 9, 1925, in Table Grove to Homer and Fern Callihan Hollenback, he married Margie Goddard on April 18, 1959, in Bushnell. She survives.
  Also surviving are two sons, Randy and Newton, both of Bushnell; three daughters, Bonnie Dupree of Florida, Mrs. Rusty (Rhonda) Carnes of Colchester and Juanita Fox of Adair; one brother, Roy of Table Grove; one sister, Wanda Skiles of Summum; and 11 grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded him in death.
  He was a self-employed truck driver.
  A World War II and Korean War Navy veteran, he was a member of Carroll Rankin American Legion Post 26. He also was a member of T.J. Picket Masonic Lodge 307, AF&AM; Quincy Consistory; LaMoine Saddle Club; and Bushnell Trailblazers Club.
  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Table Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Ron Green will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kost Memorial Home in Vermont. Graveside military rites will be conducted by his American Legion post.
  Memorials may be made to the Lewis B. Hollenback Memorial Fund, c/o Table Grove State Bank.

Obituary of Margie L. Goddard Hollenback
Peoria Journal Star, July 4, 2004, Page: B6
Margie Hollenback
  Bushnell - Margie L. Hollenback, 68, of Bushnell died at 9:41 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
  Born Sept. 22, 1935, in Houston, Mo., to Nathan and Ressie Lyberger Goddard, she married Lewis B. Hollenback on April 18, 1959, in Bushnell. He died Aug. 15, 1997.
  She also was preceded in death by three brothers.
  Surviving are two sons, Randy (and Connie) and Newt (and Christy), both of Bushnell; two daughters, Rhonda (and Scott) Pittman of Colchester and Juanita (and Ron) Williamson of Mount Sterling; one brother, John Goddard of Astoria; and one sister, Nellie Wells of Hanna City.
  She was a past member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
  She attended First Baptist Church in Bushnell.
  Cremation has been accorded. Graveside burial of ashes will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Table Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Dave Eden will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home.
  Memorials may be made to the Bushnell or Colchester rescue squads.

Eagle Publications, July 8, 2004
Margie L. Hollenback
  Margie L. Hollenback, 68, Bushnell, died at 9:41 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2004, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
  She was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Houston, Mo., the daughter of Nathan and Ressie (Lybarger) Goddard. She married Lewis B. Hollenback April 18, 1959, in Bushnell. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1997.
  She is survived by two sons, Randy (Connie) Hollenback, Bushnell, Newt (Christy) Hollenback, Bushnell; two daughters, Rhonda (Scott) Pittman, Colchester, Juanita (Ron) Williamson, Mt. Sterling; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother John Goddard, Astoria; and one sister, Nellie Walls, Hanna City.
  In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers.
  She attended the First Baptist Church, Bushnell, and was a past member of Bushnell V.F.W. Auxiliary.
  Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside burial of ashes will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at the Table Grove Cemetery, with Pastor Dave Eden officiating. Family will meet with friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Macomb.
  Memorials may be made to Bushnell Rescue Squad or Colchester Rescue Squad.

Obituary for Kathryn Bennett Hopping
Eagle Publications, August 5, 1999
Kathryn Hopping
  Kathryn Hopping, 73, of 601 E. Osborn Lot, No. 21 in Bushnell, died at 9:55 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 1999, in her daughter's home in Country Aire Estates, Lot No. 13, at Macomb.
  She was born on March 31, 1926, in Macomb, the daughter of Homer and LaVeta Gray Bennett.
  She married Kenneth Hopping on March 31, 1971, in Rushville. He preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1991.
  She is survived by stepmother Wanda Keift of Galva; sisters Cissy Flood of Springfield and Alice Keift of Massachusetts; brother Warren Keift of Kewanee; daughters Amy (Eric) Davis of Fort Collins, Colo., and Allison (Mark) Allred of Aurora; son Tom (Valerie) Hudson of Kasilof, Alaska; foster daughter with whom she was making her home, Karen Aunko of Macomb; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; Nikki Harn of Ohio, who resided with Kathryn as a child; many nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by stepfather Walter Keift; mother LaVeta Bunten and husband Kenneth.
  Mrs. Hopping had lived all of her life in the Macomb, Good Hope and Bushnell areas where she had worked as an antique dealer and housewife.
  Clugston-Tibbits Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of the arrangements with the Revs. Ron Green and John Huston officiating.
  Cremation rites were accorded and graveside committal of ashes was in Ipava Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the McDonough District Hospital Hospice Program.

Obituary of Fred L. Horton
Peoria Journal Star, July 29, 1992, Page: D8
Fred Horton
  Macomb - Fred L. Horton, 74, of 512 S. Lafayette died at 4:07 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, 1992, at McDonough District Hospital.
  Born Sept. 7, 1917, in Schuyler County to Ernest L. and Elfie Gill Horton, he married Dorothy Butcher on June 8, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa.
  She survives, along with two daughters, Sharon Horton Wanamaker of Macomb and Joyce Horton Salisbury of Plainfield; two sons, Ernest Fred of Urbana and Randall Gene of Rantoul; three brothers, Harold and Meredith, both of Macomb, and Claire of Avon; two sisters, Helen Wigle of South Lyon, Mich., and Margaret Sims of Macomb; and five grandchildren. One infant son preceded him in death.
  A World War II Army veteran, he worked at Martin Beverage Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Macomb for 44 years, retiring in 1981. Since 1948, he was a life member of American Legion Post 6, where he served as commander from 1951 to 1952 and was treasurer for more than 30 years. He also was a member of Voiture 913, 40 et 8 Club; Macomb Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1921; Macomb Elks Lodge 1009 and Midwest Tool Association.
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb. Mary Babcock will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 6. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Obituary for Ethel C. Kolves Howard
Eagle Publications, October 31, 2002
Ethel C. Howard
  Ethel C. Howard, 86, resident of The Elms, Macomb, formerly of Bushnell, died at 10:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at the nursing home.
  She was born Dec. 10, 1915, in Mason County, daughter of John Edward and Cora Brown Kolves.
  She married Earl Hill Dec. 15, 1936, in Forest City. He died in Feb. 1967. She married Ray Howard Nov. 17, 1969, in Fiatt. He died in June 1988.
  Surviving are two sisters, Sarah Wheat and Dorothy Wheat, both of Mason County.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and two sisters.
  She worked as the telephone operator in the Fiatt exchange for Bell Telephone for many years, as a postal clerk in the Fiatt Post Office for several years, as a nurses aide at the Mason District Hospital for two years and retired from Dana Manufacturing in Havana after 20 years.
  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, with the Rev. Terry Broady, officiating
  Burial was in Fiatt Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to The Elms.

Obituary of Louise Newell Howard
Peoria Journal Star, August 12, 1991, Page: C6
Louise Howard
Louise Howard, 79, of Bel-Wood Nursing Home, formerly of 434 Closen Road, Bellevue, died at 6:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 1991, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
  Born Sept. 9, 1911, in Ellsworth to Robert and Carrie Swesey Newell, she married Orville Howard on Sept. 2, 1933, in Peoria. He died June 7, 1971, in Peoria. She also was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Sally) Yocum of Peoria; two sons, Robert of Hanna City and Larry of Bellevue; one brother, Robert Newell of Houston, Mo.; two sisters, Alice Davis of Sunnyland and Elsie Barker of Erwin, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
  She worked nine years at the Berean Book Store in Peoria before retiring in 1983. She was a member of Bellevue Bible Church and its Sewing Circle.
  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at her church, the Rev. Dean McFadden officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel, and also a half-hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
  Memorials may be made to her church or to Bel-Wood Nursing Home.

Obituary for Pierapont "Ponty" L. Howe
Eagle Publications, January 10, 2002
Pierapont L. Howe
  Pierapont L. "Ponty" Howe, 90, Roseville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at 9:53 a.m. in St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. Final rites for the former Astoria resident, were held at Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria. The Rev. Ken Peterson officiated and interment was in Astoria Cemetery.
  Memorial may be made to the Astoria Public Library or to the Astoria Rescue Squad.
  A daughter of Thomas E. and Grace Long Howe, she was born Nov. 6, 1911, in Isabel Township, Fulton County.
  She leaves a brother and two sisters, including Melva Bucher of Orlando, Fla; and 13 nieces and nephews.
  Her parents, a brother and two sisters preceded her in death.
  Mrs. Howe worked as caretaker and was a member of the Summum Christian Church.

The Rushville Times, Wednesday, January 16, 2002, page 13, column 3
Pierapont Howe
  Pierapont L. "Ponty" Howe, 90, of Roseville, formerly of Astoria, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
  She was born Nov. 6, 1911, in Isabel Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Thomas E. and Grace (Long) Howe.
  She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
  Survivors include one brother and two sisters, including Melva Bucher of Orlando, Fla.; and 13 nieces and nephews.
  She was a caretaker.  She was a member of the Summum Christian Church.
  Services were Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Rev. Ken Peterson officiating.  Burial was in Astoria Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Astoria Public Library or the Astoria Rescue Squad.

Obituary for Adrienne E. Cox Huffman
Eagle Publications, November 3, 2005
Adrienne E. Huffman
  Adrienne E. Huffman, 90, Canton, died at 10:53 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at Graham Hospital, Canton.
  She was born Aug. 10, 1915, in Fulton County, the daughter of Ernest A. and Ola (Predmore) Cox. She married Lyle "Bernie" Huffman, Nov. 17, 1934 in Macomb. He preceded her in death Aug. 22, 1987.
  She is survived by one daughter, Bernita (John) Hammond-Trigg, Canton; one grandchild; two stepgrandchildren; and one brother, Walter Cox, Galesburg.
  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers.
  She was a member of South Park Methodist Church, Canton.
  Services were held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005, at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, with the Rev. Rick Atchley officiating.
  Burial was in the Bushnell Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Baby Fold or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Death Notice for Chester E. Huntington
Eagle Publications, January 4, 2005
Chester E. Huntington
  Chester E. Huntington, 62, Chicago, formerly of Astoria, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at 10 p.m. at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago.
  Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Astoria Cemetery, Astoria with the Rev. Clifford Parry officiating. Internment was at Astoria Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, was in charge of arrangements.

Rushville Times, January 5, 2005
Chester Huntington
  Chester E. Huntington, 62, of Chicago, formerly of Astoria, died Dec. 27, 2004 at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago.
  He was born Aug. 1, 1942, in Astoria, the son of Chester V. and Emily Mae Huntington.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Judy Huntington.
  Survivors include one brother, Robert Gunter of Indiana, and seven sisters, Lois Chambers, Amy Chambers and Dixie Chambers of Illinois, Mrs. Kenny (Emma Jane) Edwards of Beardstown, Harriet Vilardo of Danville, Iowa, Mrs. Tim (Mary) Hackett of Cuba, and Linda Shifflett of Pekin.
  Graveside services were Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Astoria Cemetery, with Rev. Clifford Parry officiating.  Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of the services.
  Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary of Byron Junior Irwin
Eagle Publications, January 14, 1999
Byron Irwin
  Byron Junior Irwin, age 68, of Littleton, passed away at 1:52 a.m. Friday, January 1,1999, in Catoosa, Oklahoma.
  Born May 27, 1930, in Cuba, Illinois, to Byron "Pink" and E. Leila Schoonover Irwin, he married Jacqueline Setelin on March 5, 1983, in Rushville. She survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Shawn of Camden; one stepson, Stacy Kamp of Abingdon; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Steve (Lori) Wieters of Glendale, Arizona; six grandchildren; one brother, Darwin of Rushville; and one sister, Mrs. Carl (Donna) Lerch of Cuba.
  He was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
  He was self-employed as a heavy-equipment operator for many years, retiring in 1995.
  He was a Korean War Navy veteran.
  He was a member of First Baptist Church, where services were held at 10:30 Thursday with Rev.Thomas Rittichier and Matthew Haberman officiating. Military rites were conducted by Schuyler American Legion Post 4.
  Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville was in charge of the arrangements.
  Burial was in Littleton Cemetery.

Obituary of Irene Carter Johnson
Peoria Journal Star, January 24, 1992, Page: B9
Irene Johnson
  Astoria - Irene Johnson, 86, of rural Astoria died at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 1992, at Mason District Hospital in Havana.
  Born June 20, 1905, in Schuyler County to Henry and Rosabella Carter, she married Orval F. Johnson on Sept. 6, 1923, in Astoria. He died June 22, 1966.
  She also was preceded in death by one daughter and two sisters.
  Surviving are one foster daughter, Betty Stambaugh of Astoria; and several nieces and nephews.
  She was a member of Woodland Church of the Brethren in Astoria. She was a sorter for Mummert Seed Co. in Astoria.
  Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at her church. Ron Burtz will officiate. Calling hours will be this afternoon and evening at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to Woodland Cemetery.

Obituary for Paul "Doc" J. Johnston
Eagle Publications, April 12, 2001
Paul J. Johnston
  Paul J. (Doc) Johnston, 73, of Macomb, died at 4:52 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at McDonough District Hospital.
  He was born Feb. 8, 1928, in Nauvoo, the son of Harley and Corinne Laubersheimer Johnston. He married Jane A. Coker on Dec. 20, 1948, in Industry. She survives.
  He is also survived by two sons, Gregory (Linda) Johnston, Petersburg, and Michael S. Johnston, Lincoln; two daughters, Pamela S. (Joe) Heaton, Vermont, and Renee (Bill) Lotz, Macomb; one brother, John W. Johnston, Pensacola, Fla.; four sisters, Marge Daniels, Macomb, Patricia Klein, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Marilyn Robertson, Pueblo, Colo., and Marlene (Frank) Oehlberg, Park Hills, Ky.; six grandchildren, Edward Johnston, Dina Carnahan, Michelle Johnston, Brodie Lotz, Hialey Lotz and Katelyn Lotz; two great-grandchildren, Haylen and Hannah Johnston; three step-grandchildren, Jodi Ballas, Jeff Heaton and Jeremey Heaton; and six step-great-grandchildren, Dustin Heaton, Kaylee White, Ian Ballas, Sydni Ballas, Adam Johnston and Jenna Johnston.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bob and Loren, and one son, Paul Douglas Johnston.
  Doc had lived in Nauvoo and Plymouth before moving to Macomb. He was a graduate of Macomb High School and was captain of the football team and played baseball. He had worked as a farmer and was the street superintendent in Macomb for many years before his retirement in 1992. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman.
  Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services were held April 7, 2001, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Alan Puccini officiating. Private burial of ashes will be at a later time.
  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Obituary of Robert E. Jones
Peoria Journal Star, June 18, 1992, Page: C6
Robert Jones
  Astoria - Robert E. Jones, 62, of Rural Route 2 died at 7:03 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 1992, at his residence.
  Born Aug. 31, 1929, in Astoria to Don and Eva Etter Jones, he married Rita Ralston on May 23, 1948, in Ripley.
  She survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. William (Kathy) Pollitt and Mrs. Steve (Donna) Hamblin, both of Astoria, and Mrs. Chuck (Rhonda) Sosey of Lewistown; three sons, Danny, William and Larry, all of Astoria; two sisters, Betty Brubeck of Fort Myers, Fla., and Margaret Blazevich of Phoenix, Ariz.; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
  He owned and operated Jones Bulldozing in Astoria for 35 years. He sold the business in 1985. He was a member of Astoria Christian Church and the Schuyler County Farm Bureau.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. The Rev. James Shirley will officiate. Calling hours will be after 4 p.m. today and visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Astoria Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Astoria Rescue Squad.

Obituary for Hildreth S. Thomson McGrew Keating
Eagle Publications, September 15, 2005
Hildreth S. Keating
  Hildreth S. Keating, 92, Macomb, died at 7:05 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at her home.
  She was born Jan. 23, 1913, in Table Grove, the daughter of Samual and Sarah Alice (Chenoweth) Thomson. She married Ross McGrew Aug. 16 ,1934. He preceded her in death April 1, 1973. She later married Harris Keating July 18, 1976. He preceded her in death April 19, 1985.
  She is survived by one stepson, Arrel Keating, Florida; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; one sister, Mrs. Mary Swedell, Peoria; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Thomson, Table Grove, and Mrs. Olive Thomson, Blandinsville.
  In addition to her husbands and her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant daughter, six brothers, and four sisters.
  She was raised in Fulton County. At 22 years of age she married and moved to the Industry area where she lived until 1998, moving to Macomb with Sharon Thomson. She was a member of the Industry Rebecca Lodge, Industry 4-H Leader, and McDonough County Home Extention.
  Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005, at the Corman Memorial Home, Roseville. Burial was at the Forrest Lawn Gardens, Macomb.
  Memorials may be made to the Table Grove Community Church or the charity of the donors choice.

Obituary for Robert "Rob" L. Kendrick
Eagle Publications, March 1, 2001
Robert L. Kendrick
  Robert L. "Rob" Kendrick, 41, of Industry, died at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
  He was born May 7, 1959, at Phelps Hospital in Macomb, to Bob and Luan Teel Kendrick. He married Mary Jane Hampton April 1, 1978. She survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Israel Lee (Krissa) Kendrick, of Tremont; one daughter, Melissa Jane (Matt Branch) Kendrick, of Table Grove; two sisters, Kathy (Dan) Cassidy, of Table Grove, and Rhonda Kendrick, of Vermont. He is also survived by eight nephews, nine nieces, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
  He attended school at VIT and graduated in 1977. He then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was discharged in August of 1981 from San Diego, Calif. Upon returning to Illinois from the service, he worked at Heartland Healthcare Center (then known as Americana Nursing Center) until the spring of 2000. He then worked for Laverdiere Construction until his death.
  He was a member of the Vermont Masonic Lodge #116, the Ipava American Legion #17 and the Vermont Christian Church. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and camper.
  Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at the Vermont Christian Church, with the Rev. Tim Gilliland officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Cemetery near Table Grove. Full military rites will be conducted at the ceremony by the Ipava American Legion.
  Visitation will be tonight (Thursday) at the Clugston-Tibbets Funeral Home in Macomb from 6-8 p.m. Masonic services will be conducted by the Vermont Masonic Lodge at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be made in his memory.

Obituary for Betty L. Harper Kessler
Eagle Publications, June 24, 1999
Betty L. Kessler
  Betty L. Kessler, age 73, of 723 North Campbell Street, Macomb, formerly of Little Swan Lake, Avon, passed away at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, 1999, at OSF St. Mary s Hospital in Galesburg.
  She was born April 12, 1926, in Good Hope to Paul and Juanita Singleton Harper. She married W. Don Kessler on December 24, 1945, in Macomb. He died November 21, 1972.
  Surviving are one son, Darcy of Peoria; one daughter, Mrs. John (Nicola) Nemeth of Galesburg; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
  She and her husband farmed in the Bushnell area. She also worked for Bushnell-Prairie City School System for several years and for Farmers and Merchants Bank for more than 20 years.
  She was a member of Bushnell United Methodist Church.
  She was also a member of several clubs and organizations in McDonough County.
  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Bushnell United Methodist Church with Rev. Martha Scaff officiating.
  Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.
  Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell was in charge of the arrangements.
  Memorials may be made to McDonough District Hospital Recovery Services.

Obituary for Maxine V. Hinds Kessler
Eagle Publications, August 19, 1999
Maxine V. Kessler
  Maxine V. Kessler, 82, of 8350 E. 1550th St., died at 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, in St. Francis Medical Center at Peoria.
  She was born on June 24, 1917, in Industry to Ross Vern and Anna Mabel Mayall Hinds. She married Archie Kessler on Feb. 1, 1938, at Astoria. He survives.
  Survivors include sons Max (Debbie) Kessler of Little York, Kenneth (Donna) Kessler of Macomb; grandchildren Mitchell, Myron, Seth, Hayley Kessler and Pamela Francis; great-grandchildren Ashlyn Loadholtz, Madison Kessler and Brodie Francis; sisters Dorene Randall and Shirley Paul, both of Lewistown; brother Lee Hinds of Havana.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
  Kessler lived in Ipava in her early years and was a graduate of Ipava High School and lived most of her life in McDonough County.
  She was a housemother for the Theta Chi Fraternity at WIU in the early '70s and was a member and Sunday school teacher at Camp Creek Presbyterian Church in Scotland Township.
  Services were Aug. 14 in Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home at Macomb, with Marshall Litchfield officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens at Macomb.
  Memorials may be made to either Heartland Healthcare Center or McDonough District Hospital Dialysis Center.

Obituary of Louise Porter Langley
Peoria Journal Star, April 16, 1996, Page: D6
Louise Langley
  Vermont - Louise Langley, 77, of Vermont died at 8:20 a.m. Friday, April 12, 1996, at Graham Hospital in Canton.
  Born Aug. 19, 1918, in Carthage to William R. and Alice Porter, she married Glenn R. Langley on June 23, 1940, in Palmyra, Mo. He died May 19, 1993. She also was preceded in death by three brothers.
  Surviving are two brothers, Lloyd Porter of California and Ludlow Porter of Rantoul; and four sisters, Gwen Runkle of Prairie City, Katherine Sours of Macomb, Dorothy Evans of Yucaipa, Calif., and Pat Foor of Farmington, Iowa.
  Graveside services, with interment of cremains, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stoneking Cemetery in rural Macomb. The Rev. Ralph Swarthout will officiate. There will be no visitation. Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.
  Note: She mother's maiden name was Stoneking.

Obituary of Michael J. Leezer
Peoria Journal Star, September 9, 1995, Page: C4
Michael Leezer
  Toulon - Services for Michael J. Leezer, 16, of 404 Elm St., who was pronounced dead at 10:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 1995, at Kewanee Hospital, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kewanee. The Rev. Duane Jack will officiate.
  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, with a Scripture service at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery.
  He died from injuries suffered in a two-car accident two miles east of Toulon.
  He was born April 26, 1979, in Peoria to Tom and Cheryl Snider Leezer.
  Surviving are his parents of Toulon; one brother, Joshua at home; and his grandparents, Ray and Billie Snider and Emma Jean Leezer, all of Toulon, and Dick Leezer of Kewanee.
  He was a junior at Stark County High School. He played football and baseball.
  He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kewanee, where he served as an altar boy.
  Memorials may be made to his church or to the Michael Leezer Memorial Fund in care of the State Bank of Toulon.

Obituary of Harriet Kidd Moose
The Astoria Argus, Astoria, IL, April 28, 1910, Vol, 30, No. 37
Mrs. Jacob Moose Dead
  Harriet Kidd was born at Jefferson, York County, Pennsylvania, Feb. 1, 1840 and came to Astoria when quite young and has resided in this vicinity since.
  She was married to Jacob Moose in 1859 and to this union were born thirteen children, nine daughters and three sons surviving her, namely: Mrs. Wm. Beck of Bader; Mrs. Sherman Ewing of Dunfermline; Mrs. Ella Willock of Table Grove; Mrs. Belle Dixon of Peoria; Mrs. Ada Bacon of Chicago; Mrs. Angie Kessler of Leesburg; Mrs. John Schaffer, Mrs. Jacob Schaffer, Mrs. John Moss, Samuel, Columbus, and Jacob of this vicinity.
  At a late hour on April 25, 1910, she suddenly passed away, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 15 days, death being due to heart trouble from which she was a long sufferer.
  The Funeral was held at the Dunkard church in Astoria at two p.m. Wednesday, April 27, conducted by Rev. Lind.  Burial in Astoria cemetery.

Obituary of  Jacob Moose
died: January 2, 1917
The Argus-Search Light, Astoria, IL, January 3, 1917, Vol. 38, No. 23, Pg. 1
Aged Resident Dead; Jacob Moose, Died At The Home Of His Daughter, Mrs. Angeline Kessler At Leeseburg, Tuesday Morning.
  Jacob Moose, an aged and highly respected citizen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Angeline Kessler at Leeseburg, Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock, aged 81 years, 8 months and 13 days.  Death was due to pneumonia.
  Mr. Moose was born in York County, Penn. and came to Illinois in an early day.  He was an industrious hard working man.  Since the death of his wife he has been making his home with his children.
  He leaves to mourn his death the following children: Mrs. William Beck, Bader; Mrs. Angeline Kessler, Leeseburg; Columbus Moose, Ipava; Mrs. Louisa Willock, Table Grove; Mrs. Lizzie Ewing, Dunfermline; Mrs. John Schaefer, Mrs. Jacob Schaefer, Samuel Moose, Mrs. John Moss of Astoria; Jacob Moose of Iowa; Mrs. J.A. Moore, Colorado Springs, Mrs. Ada Janschewski of Chicago.
  Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 o'clock a.m. at the Astoria Dunkard church, conducted by Rev. Dave Lind. Interment in Astoria cemetery.

Obituary of Harvey Schisler
Argus-Searchlight, Astoria, IL, March 9, 1955, Vol. 77, No. 31
Mrs. Amanda McDonald's Brother Dies In Bushnell
  Harvey Schisler, 76, of Bushnell, died at the St. Francis hospital in Macomb last Tuesday afternoon following an illness of about three weeks.
  He was born Dec. 25, 1878, in Fulton county, to Martin and Amanda (Robertson) Schisler.  He worked on farms in the Bushnell community most of his life.
  He is survived by his wife, Lora; five children, Mrs. Violet Walsh, of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Anna Chambers of Bushnell, Mrs. Wanda Hopping of Vermont, Lester Schisler of Tullahoma, Tenn., Richard Schisler of Clifton, N. J.; 16 grandchildren; six step children; seven brothers, John, Martin, Homer, Cooney, Edward, all of Abingdon, Arthur of Rock Island and Biddie of Bushnell, and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Danner of Abingdon, Mrs. Amanda McDonald of Astoria and Mrs. Fannie Voorhees of Ellisville.
  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bushnell Methodist church with the Rev. A. J. Copeland officiating.  Interment was in the Vermont cemetery.
  Note: More Schisler and connect families' obits are online at ILTrails Schuyler County

Obituary of  Mary Lakin Thomas
The Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, IL, June 1, 1920
Mrs. William Thomas Of St. David Is Dead
  Mrs. Mary Thomas, wife of William Thomas of St. David, died at her home in that village at 6:50 o'clock this morning, following several months of ill health, due to an attack of paralysis.
   Mrs. Thomas was born in England in 1866 and had lived in St. David for about 30 years.  She was married there, and her husband and four children are living.  The children are George and Miss Annie Thomas, Mrs. Jessie Davis, and Mrs. Nellie Ewing, all of St. David.  There is one brother, John Lakin, who also lives in St. David.
   Mrs. Thomas was a well known resident of St. David, where she had many warm friends, who deeply regret her death.  She was a member of the Methodist Protestant church and her funeral will be held at that church in St. David at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in Canton.

Obituary of William Thomas
Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, IL, May 17, 1921
William Thomas Dies At Home In St. David
  William Thomas died at 9:50 o'clock last night, at his home in St. David. He had been ill a year.  His condition had been critical for several days.
  The decedent was born in Wales, July 13, 1861.  At the age of three years he came to the United States and directly to Fulton county.  The remainder of his life was passed in St. David and vicinity, where he was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
  His parents were William Thomas, Sr., and Mary Davis, both deceased.
  Thirty-six years ago he was married to Mary Lakin, who died a year ago on June 1.
  The following children are living: George, Mrs. Nellie Ewing, Mrs. Jessie Davis and Miss Anna Thomas, all of the vicinity of St. David.  There are two brothers and two sisters living.  They are John T. Thomas of Wolfpoint, Mont.; David Thomas of St. David, Mrs. Phoebe Picton of Farmington and Mrs. Lyda Dainty of St. David.
  The decedent was a member of the U.M.W.A. of Bryant.
   The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Methodist Protestant church in St. David.  Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.

Obituary of Daniel W. Walker
Canton Weekly Register, Thursday, Feb 15, 1900
  D. W. Walker died at 10:30 o clock Tuesday forenoon, at his home, 173 North Main street, where he had lain helpless since he was stricken down, long weeks ago-waiting for the end of pain and weariness.
  His death was peaceful and devoid of suffering. He calmly sank to sleep.
  Bio:
  Daniel W. Walker was born May 18, 1835, at Wardsboro, Vt. His father, Bliss Walker, was the son of Edward Walker, who was one of the pioneer settlers of Vermont and a soldier in the war of the revolution. His mother was Lovina Newell, of the same state.
  At the age of 19 years Mr. Walker left New England for Mississippi, where for a time he taught music. Returning to New England he taught two years in the academy at Rochester, Mass. In the summer of 1857 he came to Canton. From that time until his death this city was his home.
  He was married here, May 18, 1858, to Martha E. Walter, daughter of the late Dr. James W. (sic, James R.) Walter. She survives her husband, with four of their five children: Mrs. Frank H. Dewey, the Misses Lillian and Helen Walker and Frederick D. Walker. One son-Edward is deceased. Mr. Walker leaves no brother, and only one sister-Mrs. S. E. Lindsey, of Boston, Mass.
  Mr. Walker was identified prominently with Canton s business interests for many years. He was a partner in the drygoods house of Bass, Walker & Bower, then in the grocery firm of Ross & Walker, and in that of Walker & Waugh, by which it was succeeded, and afterward, for 20 years at least, conducted the business as the sole proprietor. During a great portion of this time he was interested with the late John B. Allen and others in a coal mining company, and was agent in turn for the Pacific and then for the Adams express company. He retired from mercantile business in 1893, but continued to act as agent for the Adams express company until his last illness.
  D. W. Walker was not only a man of fine business talents, but he excelled as a musician and musical critic and his social gifts were many.
  He led the Congregation choir for 25 years. He was for a long time the instructor of the old Canton band, and afterward of the K. P. band. He was one of the founders of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias, a member of the Workmen s lodge, and formerly a member of the Canton lodge of Odd Fellows.
  He united with the Congregational church soon after he came to Canton, and his life exemplified
  The Christian virtues. He was an honest and God fearing man, with love for all humanity.
  The people among whom he lived for more than two score years accorded him the honoring regard he merited. They one and all lament his death, and deeply sympathize with those nearest and dearest and most greviously bereaved.

Obituary for Robert W. Walters
Eagle Publications, January 28, 2003
Robert W. Walters
  Robert W. Walters, 78, Astoria, died at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2003, at Moffitt Cancer center, Tampa, Fl.
  He was born Aug. 27, 2003, in Oakland Twp., Schuyler County, IL, the son of Lester and Fern (Lybarger) Walters. He married Barbara (Wickert) Parry May 5, 1969, in Ipava, IL. She survives.
  He is survived by one step-daughter, Linda Shaw, Macomb; two step-sons, Dan (Lisa) Parry, Ipava and Jim Parry, Ipava; three granddaughters and 4 great-grandchildren; and two step-sisters, Elvie (Shirley) Norris, Astoria, Joy Claassen, Washington, IL.
  He started a Producer's Dairy route in Astoria in 1948. He built Bob's Dairy Dipper restaurant, the Astoria Laundry Mat, and Walters' apartment buildings. He was also one of the businessmen that came together to build the Astoria Care Center, now known as Astoria Gardens.
  He was a member of the Astoria United Methodist Church, Master Mason Grand Lodge of the vermont Masonic Lodge #116 AF & AM for over 50 years, the Illinois Valley Shriners ANSAR Temple for 47 years, the Macomb Elks Lodge, a 50 year member of the Astoria American Legion Post #25 and the Lewistown VFW, a member of the Scripps Golf Course in Rushville for over 40 years, he served on the Astoria Park Board for several years. He served for 8 years on the Board of United Soft Serve and Fast Food Association, and was a member of the Alligator Club for over 40 years. Last year he donated the property that became the first Habitat for Humanity house built in Astoria. He also belonged to the 8th Air Force serving in World War II.
  Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, at the Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, with the Rev. Marian stone officiating.
  Memorials may be made out to the Astoria Public Library or the Astoria Fire and Rescue squad.

Obituary for Donald E. Welker
Eagle Publications, August 22, 2002
Donald E. Welker
  Donald E. Welker, 74, of Cuba, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at his residence.
  Born July 22, 1928, in Middle Grove to Joseph and Nina Morse Welker, he married Bernice Edwards in 1948.
  He later married JoAnn Taylor in 1961.
  He married Mary Franks on May 17, 1973, in Phoenix, Ariz. She survives.
  Also surviving are three sons, Joseph Welker of Canton, Lee Sprabary of Phoenix and Jerry Sprabary of St. Louis, Mo.; five daughters, Donna (Dale) Meyer of Havana, Tracey (Jeff) Hedges and Susan Sprabary, both of Canton, Kim (Rob) Craver of London Mills and Lori (David) Anderson of Middle Grove; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Evan (Marilyn) of Farmington.
  He was preceded in death by four brothers.
  He worked as a lineman on the railroad for 16 years. He later worked in maintenance for area banks and worked for Welker Disposal and also Record Disposal in Ellisville.
  He was of the Methodist faith.
  Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. David Swain officiating.
  Cremation was accorded following the service.
  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Spoon River Hospice of Graham Hospital.

Eagle Publications, August 29, 2002
Donald E. Welker
  Donald E. Welker, 74, of Cuba, died at 11:40 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at his residence.
  Born July 22, 1928, in Middle Grove to Joseph and Nina Morse Welker, he married Bernice Edwards in 1948.
  He later married JoAnn Taylor in 1961.
  He married Mary Franks on May 17, 1973, in Phoenix, Ariz. She survives.
  Also surviving are three sons, Joseph Welker of Canton, Lee Sprabary of Phoenix and Jerry Sprabary of St. Louis, Mo.; five daughters, Donna (Dale) Meyer of Havana, Tracey (Jeff) Hedges and Susan Sprabary, both of Canton, Kim (Rob) Craver of London Mills and Lori (David) Anderson of Middle Grove; 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Evan (Marilyn) of Farmington.
  He was preceded in death by four brothers.
  He worked as a lineman on the railroad for 16 years. He later worked in maintenance for area banks and worked for Welker Disposal and also Record Disposal in Ellisville.
  He was of the Methodist faith.
  Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington with the Rev. David Swain officiating.
  Cremation was accorded following the service.
  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Spoon River Hospice of Graham Hospital.

Obituary for James L. West
Eagle Publications, December 23, 1999
James West
  James L. West, age 44, of 19118 East Peanut Ridge Road, Lewistown, was pronounced dead at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at his residence.
  He died following an accident at his farm in rural Lewistown.
  Born Dec. 13, 1955, in Canton to James Earl and Darlene M. Mathis West, he married Cindi Groslaude in 1973 in St. David. He later married Pattie Shawgo on Oct. 29, 1992 in Lewistown.
  She survives.
  Also surviving are his mother of Lewistown; one son, Alex of Smithfield; one stepson, Richard Bainter of Austin, Texas; one daughter, Autumn West of Smithfield; one stepdaughter, Michelle Pollitt Rhoades of Canton; three brothers, Billy Joe and D. J., both of Lewistown, and Randy of Lincoln; two sisters, Sheila Gray of Lewistown and Sherry LaFary of Jacksonville; and three step-grandchildren.
  His father and one brother preceded him in death.
  A 1973 graduate of Lewistown High School, he owned and operated West Insurance Agency in Lewistown and Canton. He also was a self-employed farmer.
  A member of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, he served as Fulton County Coroner for more than five years and had served as a deputy coroner for more than six years.
  He was a member of Canton Elks Lodge 626, Canton Chamber of Commerce, Lewistown High Booster Club, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Buckheart Fire Department and Buckbrush Gun Club.
  He served as an officer for the Democratic party.
  He was a past member of Lewistown Fire & Rescue, Lewistown High School Board and Fulton County Board.
  Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Jon Sims officiating.
  Burial was in Apple Cemetery in rural Lewistown.
  Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children, c/o Farmers State Bank.

Obituary of Jonathon R. Wetzel
Illinois Genealogy TrailsDodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home Obit
Jonathon R. Wetzel
(December 9, 1957 - April 1, 2006)
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Jonathon R. Wetzel
  Jonathon R. Wetzel, 48, of Bushnell died at 5:39 P.M. Saturday, April 1, 2006 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  He was born December 9, 1957 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Mary Lou Wright Wetzel; he married Jada McCance on April 1, 1995 in Macomb, IL. She survives.
 He is also survived by his parents of Blandinsville, two daughters Amanda Wetzel of Macomb and Jill (Justin) Miller of Bushnell, three sons, Jim Wetzel of Bushnell, Jeff (Carrie) Miller of Pinckneyville, IL, Jon (Tara) Miller of Bushnell;. 4 grandchildren, Tessie, Dalton, J. C., and Jillian Miller; Three brothers, Jeff (Cathy) of Gypsum, CO, Jerry (Holli) of Eagle, CO and Steve (Heather) Wetzel of Edwards, CO.
  He was manager of Heritage Equipment Company in Macomb. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Macomb, Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce where he was an Ambassador, WIU Alumni Assoc., Bushnell FFA Alumni, Thursday Night Men s Bowling League. He was an avid reader, accomplished pianist. He enjoyed listening to music was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed spending time with his family.
  Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb where visitation will be Tuesday from 6 to 8 P.M. The Rev. Jana Troutman will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, IL. Memorial contributions may be made to WIU Music Dept., BPC Music Dept., or BPC FFA. Please sign guestbook www.dodsworthfh.com

Obituary for Dorothy P. Inman Wheeler
Eagle Publications, November 14, 2002
Dorothy P. Wheeler
  Dorothy P. Wheeler, 78, Macomb (formerly of Bushnell), died at 6:40 p.m. Nov. 9, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital.
  She was born May 27, 1924, in Binghamton, N.Y., the daughter of Frank and Mable Inman. She married Lisle R. Wheeler Sept. 25, 1946, in Binghamton, New York. He died July 19, 1983.
  She is survived by one son, Mark (Marta) Wheeler, Roseville; one daughter, Cheryl (Eugene) Farler, Macomb; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Gerry Mulford and Jan Jasper, both of Tucson, Ariz.
  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother.
  Mrs. Wheeler was a member of the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church in Macomb.
  Cremation rites were accorded. A memorial service was held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2002, at Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church, with the Rev. Bob Stiles officiating.
  Memorials may be made to the National Diabetes Foundation.

Obituary for Edith M. Strode Wheeler
Eagle Publications, November 23, 2004
Edith M. Wheeler
  Edith M. Wheeler, 103, Springfield, formerly of Bushnell, died at 12:40 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Springfield.
  She was born April 1, 1901, in Cuba, the daughter of Andrew and Sarah E. (Gray) Strode. She married Lloyd C. Wheeler Sept. 25, 1922, in Lewistown. He preceded her in death Nov. 7, 1978.
  She is survived by one stepson, Jerald Wheeler, Largo, Fla.; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Bessie Payne, Bushnell; and many nieces and nephews.
  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.
  She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church, Springfield. She spent many hours volunteering in her later years. She was in a senior citizens band, which entertained at numerous functions and nursing homes. She loved to cook and entertain. She loved her roof garden at her high-rise, and took care of all the flower beds at the high-rise apartment.
  Services were held Monday, Nov. 22 at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, with the Rev. Kevin Lingenfelter officiating.
  Burial was at Bushnell Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Obituary for Virginia D. Lawson Wheeler
Eagle Publications, May 30, 2002
Virginia D. Wheeler
  Virginia D. Wheeler, 78, of Macomb, died at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2002 at the Elms Nursing Home.
  She was born Oct. 25, 1923, in Princeton, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd L. and Florence M. Maddox Lawson. She married Harold L. Wheeler Dec. 3, 1942, in Palmyra, Mo. He died Dec. 18, 1982.
  She is survived by two sons, Duane A. Wheeler, Cuba, and Darryl L. Wheeler, Belvedere; two daughters, Linda J. Santostefano, Mundelein, and Vickie L. Tait, Macomb; six grandchildren; one brother, Russell A. Lawson, Plymouth; and one sister, Norma Jean Starbuck, Lewistown.
  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.
  Virginia spent her early life in Macomb. She was a graduate of Macomb High School in 1942. She attended her second year of high school in Industry. She and her husband farmed for many years in Industry, Augusta and the Littleton area. She lived in Canton for 17 years where she owned a cake decorating shop and taught classes at Spoon River College. She also owned a cake decorating shop in Industry until her husband passed away, when she moved to Macomb.
  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Macomb and the Macomb American Legion Auxiliary. She was a 4-H leader for 17 years and served as a volunteer for McDonough District Hospital and the McDonough County Health Department.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, with the Rev. Chuck Peterson officiating. Burial was in the Industry Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Macomb Assembly of God Church.

Obituary for John T. Wilcoxen
Eagle Publications, April 29, 1999
John Wilcoxen
  John T. Wilcoxen, age 78, of Galesburg, formerly of Viola, passed away at 8:50 p.m.Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.
  Born March 12, 1921, in Fulton County to Arnold and Maggie Barker {Wilcoxen}, he married Lena Mae Mason on October 18, 1941, in Kahoka, Missouri.
  He later married Marilyn Lee Ebbert on July 29, 1959, in Bryant. She passed away July 30,1997.
  He also was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Wilcoxen, four brothers and five sisters.
  Surviving are four daughters, Sharon McDonald and Sandra Ward, both of Canton, Ruth Fluke, Berwick and Rita Hofer of Seaton; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Hubert of Knoxville; and two sisters, Leona VanHouten of Knoxville and Charlotte Mayberry of Bryant.
  An employee of John Deere Plow and Planter in Moline for 21 years, he retired in 1984.
  He attended Viola United Methodist Church.
  Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton with Rev. Jay Cowell officiating.
  Burial was in Apple Cemetery in rural Lewistown.
  Memorials may be made to Knox County Nursing Home.

Obituary of Anna Laurie Clemens Beaty Willock
Canton Daily Ledger, May 1970
Mrs. Orlie Willock
  Table Grove - Mrs. Orlie (Anna Laurie) Willock, 81, Table Grove, died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Kost Memorial Home, Vermont, with the Rev. C. H. Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Harris Cemetery. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the memorial home.
  Born Feb. 25, 1889, in Ipava, she was the daughter of Elliot and Cora (Laurie) Clemens, and was married to Aretis Beaty, who died earlier. On April 5, 1925, she was married in Lewistown to Orlie Willock, who survives.
  Also surviving are two sons, Lawrence Beaty of Hanna City and Harold Beaty; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Other survivors include three half-sisters, Mrs. Alta Rinker of Eureka, and Mrs. Martha Glassco of Hemet.

Obituary for Mildred I. Copeland Wilson
Eagle Publications, January 4, 2001
Mildred I. Wilson
  Mildred I. Wilson, 84, Canton, died at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000 in Graham Hospital, Canton.
  She was born May 8, 1916, in Prairie City, the daughter of Harvey and Anna Hicks Copeland.
  She married Dick Wilson in December 1934. He preceded her in death.
  Surviving are seven sons, Donald Wilson, Canton, Ronald Dan Wilson and John Wilson, both of Avon, Gene Wilson, Good Hope, Bill Wilson, Lynn Wilson and Glen Wilson, all of Prairie City; three daughters, Marilyn Clayton, Galesburg, Evelyn Clayton, Avon, and Myrna Sloan, Bushnell; 25 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one son.
  She lived most of her life in the Prairie City area.
  Funeral services were held Friday in Corman Memorial Home, Avon.
  Burial was in the Prairie City Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to Renaissance Care Center, Canton.

Obituary for Jerry "Bill" W. Wolford
Eagle Publications, March 14, 2004
Jerry Wolford
  Jerry W. "Bill" Wolford, 82, Galesburg, died at 1 a.m. Sunday, March 2, 2003, at Marigold Health Care Center, where he was a resident.
  Born June 25, 1920, in London Mills, the son of Carroll and Mary Jane (White) Wolford, he married Eva B. Corman in St. Louis Oct. 18, 1941. She died Dec. 16, 1995.
  He also was preceded in death by two daughters, Marilyn Burke and Irene Chappa; one sister; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
  Surviving are three sons, Larry (Pat), Knoxville, and Robert (Sally), and David (Robin), both of Galesburg; one daughter, Elaine (Larry) Kendall, Gladstone; two brothers, Max Harris, Galva and William "Bid" Harris, South Carolina; one sister, Avis Cain, Rio; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
  He was a farmer in the Alexis and Coldbrook area until 1965.
  He then worked for the Galesburg Live Stock Sale Barn until retiring.
  Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Treptow officiating.
  Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens.
  Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church in Galesburg or to Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville.

Obituary for Carolyn "Cy" Lee Combs-Wright
Eagle Publications, July 29, 2004
Carolyn Combs-Wright
  Carolyn Lee "Cy" Combs-Wright, 55, Rawlins, Wyo., formerly of London Mills, died Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at South Central Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Rawlins.
  She was born Oct. 28,1948, in Canton, the daughter of Vivian and Margaret Combs. She married Charles Wright April 14, 1972. He survives.
  She is also survived by one son, Brian Truelove, Peoria; one brother, Stan (Kristi) Combs, Gillette, Wyo.; and two sisters, Jane (Charles) Watkins, Decatur, and Karen (Jerry) Agnoletti, Farmington.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  She had worked at the Holiday Inn in Rawlins for several years and at the armory in Rawlins. She retired from Wyoming State Department. She also was a child-care provider for about 20 years.
  She volunteered with the American Red Cross as a military assistant provider. She also was a National Guard family group coordinator for many years.
  Services were held Saturday, July 3, 2004, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Rawlins. Cremation was accorded. Burial of ashes will be at a later date.
  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
  Rostad Mortuary and Cremation Center in Rawlins was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Cecil E. Wright
Eagle Publications, May 2, 2002
Cecil E. Wright
  Cecil E. Wright, 90, Macomb, formerly of Fulton County, died at 3:04 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2002, at McDonough District Hospital.
  He was born May 24, 1911, in Farmers Township, Fulton County, the son of Ira C. and Gladys M. Lovell Wright. He married Lela Totten in Green Valley on June 5, 1936. She survives.
  He is also survived by one son, Gary Wright, Burlington, Kan.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Brooks, Smithfield; and three brothers, Clarence Wright, Bushnell, Clayton Wright, Smithfield, and the Rev. Dean Wright, Mathews Bay.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harry Wright and the Rev. Chester Wright.
  Cecil was a farmer in the Marietta and Table Grove areas all his life, retiring in 1978. He and his wife moved to Macomb in 1976.
  He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Macomb.
  Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 1, 2002, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb, with the Rev. Randall Whitmire officiating. Burial was in Ipava Cemetery in Ipava. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Academy or the donor s choice.

Obituary for Carl Wyant
Eagle Publications, May 31, 2001
Carl Wyant
  Carl Wyant, 43, of Canton, Ill., died at 10:23 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2001 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington, Ill.
  He was born Jan. 5, 1958 in Canton, Ill., the son of John H. and Rosa L. Myers Wyant. He married Tina Whitney on Dec. 5, 1987 at Canton, Ill. She survives.
  Other survivors include his mother, Rosa L. Myers Wyant, of Ellisville, Ill; one son, Jousha Whitney at home; two brothers, John Edward Wyant, Cuba, Ill., and Gerald Paul Wyant, Ellisville; one sister, Chris Dilts, of Cuba, Ill.; one grandson, Tyler James Whitney, at home and several nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
  He graduated from Valley High School in 1976. He first worked as a truck driver for Star Trucking for five years, then currently for Stark Excavating.
  He attended the Nazarene Church in St. David, Ill.
  He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local 649 for the last 13 years. He was also a member of the Central Illinois Practical Shooters.
  Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. Friday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home, Canton, with Rev. Larry Hance officiating. Cremation rites followed the services.
  Memorials contributions may be made to a Trust Fund for his grandson, % CEFCU.

Obituary for Alta Jane White Zimmerman
Eagle Publications, March 21, 2002
Alta J. Zimmerman
  Alta Jane Zimmerman, 78, of Galesburg, died at 12:44 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2002, at home.
  She was born Jan. 18, 1924, in Lee Township, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ackerson White.
  She married Luther Berton Zimmerman on Dec. 5, 1942. He died Aug. 27, 1979. She married Frederick James Zimmerman Sr. He died Feb. 14, 1992.
  Surviving are three sons, Burl Zimmerman, Phoenix, Ariz., Lee Zimmerman, Fremont, Neb., and Dean (Jan) Zimmerman, Albon, Pa.; six daughters, Marguerite (Don) Applebey, Cameron, Joan (Dave) Gustafson, Dahinda, Carol Ferra, Galesburg, Phyllis (Otho) Miller, Kirkwood, Loretta (Bill) Carley, Galesburg, and Mary (Richard) Keime, Cuba; one sister, Shirley Brown, Kentucky; one brother, Franklin White, Macomb, several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren; a special friend, Roger Downes, Abingdon; 28 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Bernard Zimmerman, three brothers and five sisters, and one great-grandson.
  She was a homemaker.
  She was a member of Ellisville Church of the Nazarene and the Women of the Moose Lodge 115, Galesburg.Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Monday in Wiley Lutheran Church, Ellisville, with the Rev. Ron Scarlett officiating.
  Oaks-Hines Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
  Cremation was accorded.
  Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rescue Mission.

Obituary of Lewis Simpson Homer
Illinois Genealogy TrailsKirksville Daily Express and News, Kirksville, MO, Monday, April 17, 2006
Lewis Homer
  Lewis S. Homer, 92, of Queen City, Missouri, passed away Friday morning (April 14, 2006) in Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri where he had been a patient since April 5th.
  The son of Raleigh Bower and Mary Marah (Maria) (Simpson) Homer, he was born September 6, 1913 at Ellisville, Illinois. On September 21, 1935 at Ellisville, Illinois he was united in marriage to Bernita Onalee Schisler and to this union five children were born. Bernita preceded him in death on March 7, 1997.
  Surviving are his five children, Mary Jean Homer of Kirksville, Missouri. Margaret Rose Whitehurst and husband Ira of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Sharon Diane (Colton) Tuttle and husband Louie of Kirksville, Missouri. Ronald D. Homer, Sr. and wife Joeann of Greentop, Missouri and Craig Lee Homer and wife Wanda of Queen City, Missouri. One sister, Roberta Abel of Osage Beach, Missouri; one brother Phillip Homer and wife Karen of Glenwood, Missouri and a sister-in-law, Mildred Homer of Avon, Illinois. Eleven grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  One step daughter, Jeanette King and husband Ron of Greentop. Missouri along with several step-grand and great-grandchildren also survive.
  On July 4, 2000 at Greentop, Missouri he was united in marriage to Alberta Robinson who pre­ceded him in death on May 6, 2005. Also preceding him in death were his parents, one sister, three brothers, one grandson and two sister-in-laws.
  Lewis attended school in Ellisville and was a row crop and livestock farmer in and around the Fulton County area in Illinois. In 1950 they moved to Schuyler County where he continued farming until retiring in early 1999. After moving to Schuyler County he attended the Coffee Christian Church south of Downing. He had been a member of the Queen City Christian Church for over thirty years where he had served as a Deacon. He served on the Soil Conservation Board, the Farm Bureau Board, was a member of the Bible Grove B Bar B Saddle Club and was a 4-H Leader for many years.
  Lewis enjoyed his family, friends, farming and always had funny stories to tell.
  Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Monday (April 17. 2006) in the Queen City Christian Church with Pastor George Bradburn officiating. Music was provided by Georgia Ann Robinson singing The Old Rugged Cross" and "When the Roll Is Called up Yonder with Gwen Laudwig organist. Burial was in the Queen City Cemetery.
  Pallbearers were Don Wheeler, Harold (Butch) Robinson, Tim King, Randy King, Gerald Robinson and David Robinson.
  Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 Sunday evening (April 16. 2006) with the family receiving friends at that time in the Dooley Funeral Home, Queen City, Missouri 660-766-2241
  The family requests that those who wish to express their sympathy in the form of a contribu­tion may do so to the Queen City Christian Church. Contributions may be left at or sent to, The Dooley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 155, Queen City, MO 63561.

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  Lewis Simpson Homer, 92, of Queen City, Mo., passed away Friday morning (April 14, 2006) at the Northeast Regional Medical Center.
  A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday (April 17, 2006) at the Queen City Cemetery.  The family wil receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday (April 16, 2006) at the Dooley Funeral Home.
  Submitted by daughter, Margaret Rose Whitehurst

Obituary of Paul Alan Homer I
Illinois Genealogy TrailsPeoria Journal Star, April 18, 2006
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Paul Alan Homer Sr.          
  East Peoria - Paul Alan Homer Sr., 61, of East Peoria, Ill., passed away at 8:56 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2006, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria.
  Paul was born on Dec. 9, 1944, in Avon, Ill., the son of R. Carlyle and Mildred E. Hart Homer. He married Sharon R. Riley Lewis on June 10, 2000, in Morton, Ill. She survives.
  He is also survived by his mother of Avon; three sons, Paul A. Homer Jr. of Abingdon, Ill., Brett A. (Bridget) Homer of Avon and Jacob A. Homer at home; three stepsons, Aaron T. Lewis of California, Mo., John (Lanette) Reed of Bloomington, Ill., and Jody (Erin) Reed of Fairview, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Amber D. (Nathan) Randall of Washington, Ill., Autumn S. Lewis of California, Mo., and Alysa F. Lewis at home; two sisters, Jan Weber of Shelbyville, Ill., and Jeannie (Larry) Goff of Abingdon; and 16 grandchildren.
  His father preceded him in death.
  Paul was the owner of Big Buck ATV Products and Paul's Gun Shop, both in East Peoria. He was a gunsmith for over 30 years.
  He attended Northwoods Community Church in Peoria.
  Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at his church, with the Rev. Tim Reist officiating. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services at the church. Interment will be held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in London Mills, Ill.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacob A. Homer Education Fund at Fondulac Banking Center in East Peoria.
  Arrangements are entrusted to Clary Funeral Consultants in Peoria.
  Paul's memorial Web site and online condolences may be accessed at www.ClaryFunerals.com.
  Submitted by Margaret Rose Whitehurst

Obituary for Elizabeth Brothers Swope Fulk
The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, Tuesday July 23, 1935; front page column 7.
Mrs. Fulk, 93, Dies In Home, Here Today
Mother of 9 Children, 6 of Whom Survive, Succumbs After Illness.
  Mrs. Elizabeth Fulk, 93, died at 4:30 o'clock this morning at her home at 1105 Monroe Street following an illness of a month.
  The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
  The deceased who passed her 93rd birthday the first of this month was born in Hanover {York County}, Pennsylvania.  She came to Astoria {Fulton County}, Illinois of the age of 13 years.  While residing at Astoria, she was married to Levi Fulk and hey made their home near Astoria until 40 years ago when they moved to Beardstown to the residence at 1105 Monroe Street which had since been her home.  Her husband preceded her a number of years ago.
Nine Children
  Nine children were born to this union, three of whom preceded her: R. F. Fulk, D. E. Fulk and John G. Fulk.  The following children surviving are: C. M. Fulk, Littleton {Schuyler County}, Illinois; Rolla Fulk, Lee, Summit County, Missouri; Mrs. M. R. {Nora Mae} Roudebush near Rushville {Rushville Township, Schuyler County, Illinois}; Mrs. Anna Sellers, Independence, Missouri; Mrs. {Minnie Florence} Sam Blimling {Blemling}, Jacksonville, Illinois and Mrs. Nell Hess Roy of Los Angeles, California.  She is survived by 21 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
  Two brothers survive, John Swope of  this city {Beardstown, Illinois} and R. J. Swope of Berkley, California, while 12 brothers and sisters proceeded her.  They were Ed, Dallas, Walter, Jacob, Kathryn, Jane, Maria and five who passed away quite young.
  The deceased was a faithful member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ in this city {Beardstown, Illinois}.

Obituary of Elizabeth Musser Swope
Astoria Argus Searchlight, July 1904
Swope
  Elizabeth Musser was born Oct. 19th, 1814 in York Co., Pa.  She grew to womanhood in that state.  Was married to Jacob Swope, came to Illinois in 1856, and located in Fulton county where she has since resided.
  She was the mother of 15 children, ten of whom grew to manhood and womanhood.  Eight are still living: Edward F., of Stella, Neb., Dallas of Idaho, Riley of Colorado, Walter of Oklahoma, Mrs. J. M. Blocker and Mrs. Popenhager of this place, and Mrs. Elizabeth Fulk and John Swope of Beardstown.
  She has lived the life of a christian for about 60 years and died July 19, 1904, aged 89 years and 9 months.
  The funeral services were held Wednesday, Rev. J. W. Keefer officiating.

Obituary of John "Jack" Howard Swope
died: September 25, 1940
The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, September 25, 1940
John Swope Dies at 89; Passes Away After a Short Illness
  Only three days after celebrating his 89th birthday anniversary in his home at 809 East Sixth street, John (Jack) Swope, widely known local man and for many years an employee of Schultz, Baujan and Company, died at 5 o'clock this morning after having suffered a paralytic stroke yesterday.
  Mr. Swope, in fairly good health at the time, observed his birthday anniversary Sunday.
  The body was taken to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial.  Funeral services will be at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon at the funeral home.  The Rev. Bateman will be in charge.
  Born in Pennsylvania
  Born September 22, 1851 in Georgetown, Penn., Mr. Swope came to Illinois in 1883 {1863?}. During his first year {1883?} as a resident here he was employed by the Burlington railroad company, and thereafter he was employed in a store at Sixth and Monroe streets until he took a position with J. Baujan and Company in 1886.  Later he continued as an employee of Schultz, Baujan and company.  He retired three years ago.
  Survive are two sons, Frank and Otto of this city; four grandchildren, Miss Edith Swope of Roddhouse, Mrs. Lorraine Johnson of Brookly, N. Y., Frank, Jr. and Duane Swope of Marshalltown, Iowa.  He is also survived by a brother {James"Riley" Riley (R J) Swope}, who is 87 years of age and who resides in California, and a great-grandson, Jerry Johnson of Brooklyn, New York.
  Mr. Swope was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1935, his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Fulks {Fulk} who died in 1933, and a son, Fred, who died about 10 years ago.

The Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, September 1940
Swope Rites Are Conducted; Services Held at Cline Funeral Home
  Funeral services were conducted at the Cline Funeral Home at 2:30 yesterday afternoon for John Swope, 89 years old, who died in his home Wednesday morning.
  The Rev. Mr. Bateman was in charge of the service.
  Pallbears were: William Applegate, Jr., C. C. Cardwell, Turner Antrobus, Randolph Laughary, Jack Howard, Jake Buck.
  Flowers were in charge of Mrs. Jack Howard, Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Mosier and Mrs. Verna Cardwell.
  Ardella Benson, Stelvetta Benson and Vera Lee Benson sang, "Last Mile of the Way," and "No Tears in Heaven."
  Burial was in the Oak Grove cemetery.

Obituary of James Leslie Abernathy
Illinois Genealogy TrailsWorthington Funeral Home Obit
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James L. Abernathy
  James Leslie Abernathy, 86, of Vermont, IL, passed away at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  He was born on July 31, 1920 in Table Grove, IL.  He was the son of the late Ezra Leslie and Elsie Ruth Notson Abernathy.  He married Nora Easley April 13, 1946 in Astoria, IL.
  She survives along with two sons, David Allen Abernathy and James L. Abernathy II & wife Pat all of Vermont; four daughters, Betty Jane Brumbaugh & husband Richard of Lincoln, MO, Julia Cleavinger of Macomb, IL, Judy Kinney & husband Gary of Lakewood, CO, and Mary Lou Hultz & husband Buddy of Payson, IL; (23) grandchildren; (39) great grandchildren; (3) great-great grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Kessler of Table Grove, IL.  He was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Brooks, Virginia Carlson, and Helen.
  Mr. Abernathy was a US Army Veteran of W.W. II and a 60 year member of the Vermont American Legion Post #26.  He worked for the Table Grove Grain Elevator, was a mechanic and bus driver for the VIT School District, and was a mechanic at Bader & Co. in Vermont before retiring.
  Cremation has been accorded.  There will be no visitation or services.  Memorials may be given to the Vermont American Legion Post #26.  The Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of arrangements.  Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to worthing@worthingtonfh.com

Obituary of Anna L. Day Taylor Adkins
Peoria Journal Star, June 22, 2002, Page: B04
Anna Taylor-Adkins
  ASTORIA - Anna L. Taylor Adkins, 67, of 202 S. Locust died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2002, at her residence.
  Born Oct. 8, 1934, in Calloway County, Mo., to Daniel Price and Hattie Virginia Baker Day, she married William B. Taylor on Nov. 22, 1952, in Harrison, Ark. He died April 16, 1978.
  She also was preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Linda Peterson; one brother; and one sister.
  She later married Jody C. Adkins on Dec. 29, 1995. He survives.
  Also surviving are two sons, Danny (and Paula) Taylor of Astoria and Bobby (and Angie) Taylor of Canton; four stepsons, Joe Adkins of Battle Creek, Mich., William Jr. (and Naomi) Taylor of Richmond, Ind., Charles (and Judy) Taylor of Spruce Pine, N.C., and Jack Taylor of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Lisa (and George) Timmons of Lewistown and Robin (and Jim) Gorsuch of Decatur; three stepdaughters, Jessie (and Everett) Bugg of Hillview, and Jeneanne (and John) Marble and Marsha Taylor, both of Sour Lake, Texas,; 25 grandchildren; 28 greatgrandchildren; one brother, Robert Day of Moberly, Mo.; and two sisters, Mary Chambers of Canton and Susie Ash of Moberly.
  She was a tool crib operator for Brazier Mine Co. in Shawneetown.
  She was of the Christian faith.
  Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. The Rev. Ronald White will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the memorial home. Burial will be in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
  Memorials may be made to Schuyler County Hospice in Rushville.



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