Obituaries

Pike County IL


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CORA L. (FRANKLIN) SACKETT , 91 of Pittsfield, died Sunday, August 12, 1984 in Barry Community Care Center. Mrs. Sackett was born April 27, 1893, in Pike county near Nebo, a daughter of Marshall and Hattie Harlow Franklin. She married Mert S. Sackett June 29, 1922, in Pittsfield. He died in 1954. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. Surviving are four sons, Russell of Pittsfield, Lacy and Willis, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and Willard of Yates City; five daughters, Mary Borrowman of Griggsville, Lula Mae Bradshaw of Barry, Juanita Miller of Pittsfield, and Cora Watts and Myrtle Tharp, both of Nebo; 30 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 pm today, Wednesday, in Gill-Lummis Funeral Home in Barry, The Rev. Frank Claybourne officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Barry Community Care Center or the donor's choice.

DONNA ALBERTA (GALLOWAY) SACKETT , 60, of Pittsfield, was pronounced dead at 1:55 p.m. Sunday (April 19, 1981) in the emergency room of Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. She was born Nov. 3, 1920, in Pike County, south of Time, a daughter of Harrison David and Eathel Scott Galloway. She married Russell E. Sackett Oct. 26 in Reno, Nev. He survives. Mrs.Sackett was a member of the Church of Christ and the Pike County Senior Citizens, and was employed by Illini Community Hospital and the Boyl Restaurant. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Eathel Galloway of Pittsfield, a son, Russell E. Jr. of Mannorville, N.Y. ; a daughter, Mrs. Brenda Brown of La Grange, Mo.; a grandson; three brothers, Harrison Galloway Jr. of Quincy, Harold of Pittsfield and Hugh of Nashville; and three sisters, Mrs. Luretta Bristow of Milton, Mrs. Glenna Evans of Winchester and Mrs. Wilma Lanhum of Hull. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Nieber Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Joe T. Maynard, Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pike County Cancer Society.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne

EVELYN LORENE SACKETT ,79, of Rachel Court White House, Tenn., formerly of Pleasant Hill, died Friday, May 16, 1997 in NHC Healthcare in Springfield, Tenn., where she had been a patient since 1993. She was born March 26, 1918, a daughter of Louis and Minnie Crowder Houchins. She married Lacy Sackett, Dec. 2, 1939. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Richard Ladell Sackett of Henderson, Nev.; one daughter, Kaye Ann Turrentine of Chino, Calif.; one brother, Louis Houchins Jr. of Beardstown; three half-sisters, Imogene Burge of Pleasant Hill, Eloyce Carlton and Catherine Carlton of rural Nebo. Services were held May 19 at 4 p.m. in Austin and Bell funeral home White House Chapel. Interment was in White House Memorial Gardens. Attending from here were Imogene Burge of Pleasant Hill, Burdett and Eloyce Carlton, Don and Catherine Carlton of rural Nebo.
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RUSSELL E. SACKETT , 80, of Detroit, died Saturday, June 27, 1992, at his home. Born Nov. 8, 1911 in Pleasant Hill, he was the son of Claude and Cora Franklin Sackett. He married Donna A. Galloway on Oct. 25, 1942 in Reno, Nev. She died April 23, 1981. He is survived by two sons, Ray Sackett of Atlanta and Edward Sackett of Long Island, N.Y.; one daughter, Mrs. Brenda J. Brown of LaGrange, Mo.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lacy Sackett of Chino, Calif., Willis Sackett of Los Angeles, Calif., Willard Sackett of Yate City; five sisters, Mary Borrowman of Griggsville, Lula Mae Bradshaw of Barry, Juanita Miller of Pittsfield, Myrtle Tharp of Pittsfield, Cora Watts of Nebo. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Bell and Hattie; and one granddaughter. Mr. Sackett was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield. He was a retired employee of Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield and served in the Air Force during World War II as a sergeant. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsfield with burial at the Pittsfield West Cemetery. Niebur Funeral Home handled arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church or to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

WILLIS SACKETT , 85, of Hemet, Calif., died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Hemet Valley Medical Center in Hemet, Calif. Willis was born June 27,1925, in Pleasant Hill to the late Mert and Cora Franklin Sackett. He worked at Sackett Ornamental Iron in the Los Angeles, Calif, area for many years and as a security guard prior to his retirement in 2008. Mr. Sackett served in the U.S. Army in Korea fiom 1950 to 1953. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Service Star. He enjoyed fishing, football, gardening, and camping. Mr. Sackett was a member of the American Legion, the Moose Lodge, and the Church of Christ. Mr. Sackett is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Hemet; two stepdaughters, Troie Jean Wilde of Ontario, Canada and Donna Scrim of Indiana; a step-son, Ricky Don Ashley of Nevada; a twin brother, Mr Willard Sackett of Yates City; and five sisters; Mrs. Mary (Charles) Borrowman of Pittsfield, Mrs. Lula Mae (William) Bradshaw of Barry, Mrs. Juanita (Frankie) Miller of Pittsfield, Mrs. Cora (George) Watts and Mrs. Myrtle (Maxie) Tharp, both of Nebo, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Mr. Lacy Sackett of Whiteside, Tenn. and Mr. Russell Sackett of Detroit, two sisters Mrs. Annabelle (William) Radefeld of Baldwin Park, Calif and Mrs. Hattie (Arthur) Taylor of Clarence, Mo. Graveside services and interment was May 24 at the Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside , Calif. Inland Memorial Harford Chapel, Hemet, Calif. handled the arrangements.

GLENN A. SAPP July3, 1934—Aug. 31. 2012 MAYWOOD, Mo. Glenn A. Sapp, 78, of Maywood, died Friday (Aug. 31, 2012) in Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal. He was born July 3, 1934, in Martinsburg, III., a son of Logan and Hazel C. Cattlet Sapp. He married Shirley Armstead on June 10,1960, in St. Louis. She died June 22, 2000. Glenn was a laborerfor Local 919 until his retirement. He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren. Survivors include one son, Guy C. Sapp of Quincy, III.; a daughter. Stormy Smith and her husband, Al, of Maywood; five grandchildren, Ronald Seckman Jr. and Nicholas Seckman of Kentucky and Robert Smith, Allen Smith and William Smith , all of Maywood; a great-grand-child, Maddison Harness of Quincy, two brothers, Virgil Sapp and his wife, Vera, of Rockport, Ill., and Robert Lee Sapp of Pittsfield, III. Several nieces, nephews and other relatives also survive. In addition to his wife, Shirley, he was preceded in death by his parents; and three children, Linda Joann Sapp, Rebecca Sapp and Wendy Seckman; a sister, Mary Louise; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Sapp. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. Interment will be in Perry Wells Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, III.
Contributed by Rosemary Reeves and Ella Tittsworth

HAZEL (CATLETT) SAPP , 76, of Quincy, Ill., formerly of Annada, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill. The Rev. Waylon Ingle was the minister. Burial was in Wells Cemetery. Mrs. Sapp died at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1983, at her home. She was born May 26, 1907, in Annada to Zeph and Caroline Kitson Catlett. She married Logan Sapp in October 1926 in Louisiana. He preceded her in death on Nov. 18, 1963. She is survived by three sons, Glenn of Quincy, Robert L. of Pittsfield and Logan V. of Rockport; one daughter, Mary Louise Barton of Gillette, Wyo.; one brother, Robert E. Catlett of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Lucille VanDyke of St. Louis and Goldie Ramsour of Palo Alto, Calif; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sapp was preceded in death by three brothers, three grand-daughters, two grandsons and one great-grandson.
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HESTER (KELLER) SAPP , 92, of Pittsfield died Thursday (December 2, 2004) in the Pittsfield Healthcare Facility. Born Dec. 27, 1911, in Bowling Green, Mo., she was a daughter of Ira E. and Lucy Fairchild Keller. She married Rollo Sapp on June 26, 1927, in Louisiana, Mo. He died Sept. 28, 1983. Mrs. Sapp enjoyed doing word search puzzles, gardening and raising flowers. Surviving are a son, Bill Sapp of Beardstown; a daughter, Mrs. Dave (Margaret Ann) Grimsely of Pittsfield; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Lindsey Ray “Sonny” Sapp; a daughter, Bernice Martin; a grandson, Roger Martin, and two grandchildren in infancy; a sister, Nettie Fesler; and 3 brothers, Walter, Carl and Ray Keller. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. Burial will be in the Crescent Heights Cemetery, Pleasant Hill. Friends may call at 1 p.m. until the time of services on Saturday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Blessing Hospice of Pike County, Crescent Heights Cemetery or donor’s choice.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

VERA J. (YOKEM) SAPP 81, of Rockport, died Tuesday evening (Nov. 5, 2013) in her home surrounded by her family. Vera was born Oct. 25, 1932, near Pleasant Hill, a daughter of Jesse H. and Grace P. Fish Yokem. She married Logan Vencil Sapp on March 19, 1952, in PIttsfield, and he survives. Vera was a 1950 graduate of Pittsfield High School. She had been employed by the Pleasant Hill Garment Factory and more recently by the Pittsfield Wal-Mart. She enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, rock hunting, board and card games, and bowling. Vera was a member of the Rockport Christian Church and the church's Ladies Aide Society. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Logan Vencil Sapp of Rockport; four children, Terry V. (Donna) Sapp of Mount Holly, N.C., Danny J. (Patty) Sapp of Rockport, Donald R. (Loree) Sapp of Rockport and Judy L. (Richard) Edmonson of Rockport; nine grandchildren, Brendan (Candida) Sapp, Scott Sapp, Laura (John) Plenge, Mindy (Mike) Maurer, Robert Alan (Emily) Sapp, Erica (Brian) Betts, Robert (Melissa) Horton, Jeremy (Niki) Horton and Logan Edmonson; 16 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Doran of Pleasant Hill; two brothers, James Yokem of Pleasant Hill and Charles W. (Margaret) Yokem of Pleasant Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Vera was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jesse D. Yokem; and a daughter, Cheryl Jean Sapp. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Pastor Tim Smith. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. Visitation at 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday in the funeral home in Pleasant Hill. Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, 2013
Susan Hill Davis at Find-A-Grave

WILLIAM PRESTON SARGENT was born December 31, 1824, in Worcester Co., MA. His parents were William & Polly Frost Sargent. At the age of 12 years he came with his parents to Illinois and located at Summer Hill. As a youth he worked for Luther Stebbins in the pioneer plow factory of Pike County, and one of the relics of early days in this county which he preserved was one of the plows made in this factory. His father built a water mill on six mile creek east of Summer Hill and for several years worked in this mill." In 1847 he went to Bedford and engaged to work for Silas A. Chandler, who then ran a water mill. He worked for Mr. Chandler for 6 years and in 1852 was united in marriage with Harriet Eliza Chandler, the daughter of his employer. To this union 9 children were born; 3 only of them survive him; William O., Harriet E. Landess, and Martha A. Bauer, all of Bedford. His widow also survives." The deceased has been in poor health, owing to the infirmities of old age, for several years, yet retained the use of his facilities to the end. A few days before his death he realized that the end was near and calmly made arrangements for his funeral. For 59 years he lived at Bedford, and during his active business life was prominent in its affairs. At the ripe old age of 81 years he peacefully laid down the cares of life, and another of Pike County's pioneers has gone to his reward."
From Greg Land - Rootsweb World Connect

DOROTHY L. SAPP 82 of Pittsfield , passed away, Sunday, April 4, 2010 at her residence. She was born on August 22, 1927 in Atlas, IL, a daughter to Sam and Frieda Stottlemeyer Clift. Dorothy and Robert Lee Sapp were married on July 12, 1947 in Louisiana , MO and he survives. Dorothy was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a collector and buyer of primitive antiques, enjoyed flower gardening, knitting where she won an award at the Illinois State Fair, and was an organizer of the Bald Knob Cemetery restoration committee. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Larry (Lucia) Sapp and Tom (Kathy) Sapp all of Aiken, SC, two grandchildren, a niece, Judyth Jones and nephew Ray Jones both of Marietta, GA. A sister, Alice Jones, preceded her in death. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Tom Wilber officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Per Dorothy’s wishes cremation rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Bald Knob Cemetery Restoration c/o Farmers State Bank in Pittsfield .
Contributed by Billie Browning

LOGAN SAPP died about 8 o'clock Monday evening at the home of his son Glen Allen Sapp in Quincy. He had suffered with a heart ailment for the past two years or more, but had been able to work up until last Wednesday in Quincy. The body was brought to the Plattner Chapel in this city where funeral services will be held at 2 Thursday afternoon, with burial in Wells cemetery at Pleasant Hill. He is survived by his wife, the former Hazel Catlett; three sons and one daughter, Robert L. Sapp, Pittsfield; Mrs. Mary Lou Hindbaugh, St. Louis; Logan Sapp, Baylis, and Glen Allen Sapp, Quincy. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, Leslie, Barry; Gerald, Detroit; Rollo, Martinsburg; Mrs. James Keller, New Canton and Mrs. Hazel Wells, Louisiana, Mo. Mr. Sapp was born Sept. 9, 1902 and had always lived in the Pleasant Hill community before going to Quincy.

LOUIS ROLLO SAPP 77 retired Martinsburg Township of Pike County farmer, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 28, 1983) in his home. Mr. Sapp was born Nov. 21, 1905, in Martinsburg Township, a son of Louie and Mary McCormick Sapp. He married Hester Keller, June 28, 1927, in Louisiana, Mo. He was an Undenominational Christian. Surviving are his wife; a son, William of Moberly Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Martin and Mrs. Margaret Ann Grimsley, both of Pittsfield; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Wells of Louisiana; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by a son, three brothers and a sister. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery at Pleasant Hill.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

MARGARET ADELL (KENNEDY) SARGENT died Oct. 10, 2011, at the Liberty Village at 98 years of age. She was born Jan. 12, 1913 in Griggsville, the daughter of Delbert S. and Lulu Bonnett Kennedy. She was the fifth oldest of 11 children. She married Ralph E. Sargent Dec. 1, 1938. He died April 26, 1999. They were married for 61 years. She lived most of her life close to where she was born until moving to Pittsfield in 1983. Margaret was a member of the Griggsville United Methodist Church, and served on many committees throughout the years. She was a member of the Pike County Home Extension and PTA. Margaret was an avid reader. She enjoyed watching and identifying birds. She liked going antiquing. Her true joy was her family. Survivors are a daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Jim Dehart of Quincy and a daughter, Nancy Ayers, of Springfield; two grandsons and their wives, Greg and Marsha Dehart, of Griggsville and Scott and Cindy Dehart, of Kansas City, Mo.; five great-grandchildren, Jenny Dehart, of Pittsfield, Danielle (CJ) Hayes, Jordan Dehart, all of Griggsville and Jared and Kayla Dehart, of Kansas City; two great-great grandsons, Coltyn Dehart, of Pittsfield and Colby Hayes, of Griggsville; sisters, Rosalie Sleight, of Griggsville and Dorothy Johnson, of Laramie, Wyo.; brother, Earl Kennedy of Pittsfield.; sisters-in-law, Marguerite Kennedy of Pittsfield and Carolyn Dunham of New Salem. There are also several nieces and nephews that survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sisters: Fern Warton, Lucy Wade, Mildred Linton and Nina Birch. Brothers: Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy and Charles Kennedy. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the United Methodist Church in Griggsville with Rev. Dave Kelly officiating. Burial will be at the Griggsville Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. United Methodist Church in Griggsville. A lunch for family and friends will be held at the Good Sheppard Hall at the Griggsville United Methodist Church following the services.
Contributed by Billie Browning

MARY (SHULER) SCARBOROUGH , Virgil Scarborough and Mrs. Lenna Ellis of this city received word Sunday of the death of their mother, Mrs. Mary Scarborough who died Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Grace Foreman in Salem, Oregon. Mrs. Scar­borough was 96 years old last Septem­ber 26, 1953 and has been very low the past two weeks. The body is being brought here for burial and will arrive in St Louis Thursday. Funeral services will be held in the Detroit Christian Church on Friday afternoon at 2:30 and burial will be at the side of her husband in Blue River cemetery. Mrs. Scarborough was Mary Shuler and was married to Walter Scarborough and they lived in Detroit until his death in 1904. Mrs. Scarborough left Pike county in 1918 going to North Dakota for awhile and then went on to Oregon with her daughter, Mrs. Foreman. She is survived by four children, Virgil and Mrs. Ellis of this city, Mrs. Imo Sneeden of McMinnville, Ore. and Mrs. Grace Foreman of Salem, Oregon. Mrs. Sneeden and Mrs. Foreman are coming for the funeral. She is also survived by several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mrs. Scarborough was a remarkable woman, keeping a keen interest in af­fairs, liking to read and listen to the radio. Until she became so frail, she liked to help around the house and did unusually well for one of her years.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Democrat-Times, Pittsfield, Illinois May 1954

MARY OGLE (ADAMS) SCHAECHER , 102, of Bowling Green, died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at Moore-Pike Nursing Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at Sterne Funeral Home in Louisiana. Burial will be at Miller Cemetery in Rockport, Ill. Mrs. Schaecher was born July 5, 1904, in New London to William and Stella Rubart Adams. Survivors include one son, Kenneth Ogle and wife, Grace; one daughter, Imogene Unverferth and husband, Clyde; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Gussie Ogle and Carl Ogle; one daughter, Juanita Ogle Griffin; and one grandson, Michael Ogle. (Mary at age 100 and her dog Thor - Photo from Billie Browning)

ALLEN F. SCHLIEPER - (Ret) 1st Lt. Allen F. Schlieper, 66, of Columbus, GA, died Monday, October 21, 1996 at his residence. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1947. He was a highly decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and retired in 1970 following 20 years of service. His tours of duty included both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge twice, the Silver Star, Purple Heart, and numerous other service medals. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5850 in Eufaula, AL. Born December 24, 1929 in Belleview, he was a son of William Arthur and Letitia Mortland Schlieper. He married Bernice Gill on June 27, 1952 in Mountainburg, AR and she survives. Also surviving is a son, William Arthur Schlieper II of Holly Springs, NC; three daughters, Teresa Platko of Eufala, AL, Ramona Eager of Welsh, LA, and Mary Letitia Butcher of LaFayette, LA; three brothers, Wilson and Kent Schlieper, both of Pleasant Hill, and Jimmy Bill Schlieper of Fredericksburg, TX; a sister, Helen Teague of Mountainburg, AR; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy and a brother, Zane Schlieper. Visitation was held at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in Columbus, GA. Graveside services were held October 23, 1996 at Ft. Mitchel National Cemetery in Ft. Mitchel, AL. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Columbus (GA) Hospice.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

BETTY SCHLIEPER - A woman was killed and two people hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision Wednesday at the intersection of Ill. 57 and Ill. 96 near Kinderhook. Betty L. Schlieper, 64, of rural Nebo, was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Pike County Coroner Mike Lord. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by C. Lucille Helm, 63, of rural Nebo. The Helm vehicle was southbound on Ill. 57 at about 2:20 p.m. when it collided with a northbound vehicle on Ill. 96 driven by Leslie T. Batchelor, 43, of rural Kinderhook, Illinois State Police reports say. Helm was treated at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Batchelor was treated at St. Mary Hospital. His two passengers were admitted to St. Mary Hospital in Quincy. Mary K. Batchelor, 38, of rural Kinderhook, was in satisfactory condition, and George Jenkins, 73, of Pittsfield, was in serious condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday. Helm was ticketed on a charge of disobeying a stop sign, reports say.
**** Obituary: Mrs. Betty Lou Schlieper, 63, of Nebo died at 2:53 p.m. Wednesday (April 18, 1990) in a traffic accident near Kinderhook. Mrs. Schlieper was born May 10, 1926, in Kinderhook, a daughter of Harvey and Mary Anderson Conger. She married Elba Schlieper Sept. 14, 1946, in Griggsville. He survives. Mrs. Schlieper was a member of Nebo Baptist Church. Survivors also include a son, Roger Schlieper of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Brenda Gratton of Pittsfield, Mary Crook of Nebo, and Marsha Cox of Pittsfield; three brothers, Gene Conger of Phoenix, Md., Billy Ray Conger of Lewistown, Mo., and Wendell Conger of Pittsfield; a sister, Karen Long of Milton; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lummis-Bennett Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to Nebo Baptist Church.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

CARROLL E. SCHLIEPER , 93, of Pittsfield died Friday, July 1, 2005, at the Pittsfield Manor. He was born September 25, 1911, to John E. and Hattie Day Harpole Schlieper in Hamburg, IL. He married Verna Zumwalt on July 23, 1938, in Bowling Green, Missouri, and she survives. He was a farmer, and also did logger and timberwork. He was also a school bus driver for the Pearl Schools. He was a member of the Greenpond Christian Church. Carroll loved coon hunting and mushrooming. He raised Trail Riding Horses. He loved to tell stories and visit with family and friends. Survivors: his wife: Verna; three sons: Carroll Jr. “Duke” (Carol A.) Schlieper of Pittsfield, Il; Gene (Nancy) Schlieper of Magdaline, New Mexico; and Danny (friend, Deanna) Schlieper of Nebo, IL.; Six daughters: Mrs. Ona Day (Harold) Johnston of Pittsfield, IL; Mrs. Shirley (Tom) Purney of Henderson, NV; Mrs. Judy Sokolis of Springfield, IL; Mrs. Martha (Larry) Woodward of Pittsfield, IL; Mrs. Debbie (Tom) Robinson of Pittsfield, IL; and Mrs. Cindy Reveal (special friend, Randy Eskew) of Pittsfield, IL. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 37 great grand grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Marion, Paul, Clarence, and Cecil Schlieper and six sisters: Frances, Lena, Pauline, Mildred, Ocie, and Artie. He was also preceded in death by two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, 10:30 A.M. at the Greenpond Christian Church, with Reverend Gary Dice and Jason Smith officiating. Visitation will Monday, July 4, 2005 from 4 – 8 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield, IL. Burial will be at the Greenpond Cemetery, Pearl IL.

CECIL H. SCHLIEPER , 76, a retired operating engineer of Pittsfield, died Tuesday evening (June 7, 1994) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. A Pearl native, Mr. Schlieper was born Dec. 18, 1917, a son of John and Hattie Harpole Schlieper. He married Joean Bauser Sept. 27, 1969, in Pittsfield. She survives. Mr. Schlieper was an operating engineer for Local 965 before retiring and was a member of the Pittsfield Nazarene Church, Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and the National Rifle Association. He was an Army staff sergeant during the World War II, was an avid sportsman and enjoyed woorworking. Survivors also include, a son David of Moundsville, W. Va.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. David (Brenda) Ottwell of Milton, a stepson, Dale Howland of Taylorville, four sisters, Lena Carey of Plasade, Neb., Mildred Goeway of Nebo, Pauline Springer of Pittsfield and Ocie Zumwalt of Griggsville, a brother, Carroll Schlieper Sr. of Milton; five grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren. Mr. Schlieper was preceded in death bby two sisters, Francis Pruett and Artie Howland, and three brothers, Marion, Paul, and clarence Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield by the Rev. Thomas Hill. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 152 will be in Green Pond Cemetery. Visitation will be held 3-8 tonight with family meeting friends after 6 in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pittsfield Nazarene Church Building Fund.
Contributed by Debbie Lee from Quincy Herald Whig - (Adams County Host)

CLEO FERN (ROBERTS) SCHLIEPER , 77, of Atlantic IA, formerly of Pleasant Hill and Pittsfield, died Apr. 25, 1980 in Cass County Mem. Hsp. in Atlantic. Born July 16, 1902 in Pleasant Hill, she was a daughter of Ira and Anna (Barton) ROberts. She married Marion D. Schlieper in July 1921. He preceded her Dec. 1923. She was a retired employee of Illini Comm. Hsp. in Pittsfield, retiring in 1958. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Survivors include a son, Dale of Donovan; a daughter Mrs. Wayne (Anna D.) Rodgers of Atlantic; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services Monday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home at Pleasant Hill, conducted by Bro. Joe Maynard with burial in Crescent Heights.
Virginia Hart Collections

ELBA L. SCHLIEPER - Funeral services for Elba L. Schlieper, 91, of Versailles, Ill., and formerly of Pleasant Hill, Ill., were held at 2 p.m. April 11 in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home at Pleasant Hill. The Rev. Jeff Rasche was the minister. Mr. Schlieper was buried with military honors in the Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. He died at 2 p.m. April 8, 1986, in Illini Community Hospital at Pittsfield, Ill. He had been in the hospital for eight days. He was born Aug. 1, 1894, at Wellston, Okla., a son of Charles and Rachel Wineland Schlieper. He married Jessie F. Ligon Oct. 3, 1917, in Bowling Green. She died Nov. 15, 1969. Mr. Schlieper served with the U.S. Army in France during World War I. He was a charter member of the Pleasant Hill American Legion Post No. 1048 and a member of the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens Club. Mr. Schlieper was a carpenter, a member of Carpenters Local No. 1008 of St. Louis and a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Mr. Schlieper is survived by a son, Elba Schlieper, Jr. of Nebo, Ill.; three daughters, Mrs. Anna June Hirst of Deming, N. Mex., and Mrs. Irene Sims and Miss Odette Schlieper, both of Versailles; a brother, Lewis Schlieper of Brookfield, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Military graveside services for Mr. Schlieper were performed by American Legion Post No. 1048 of Pleasant Hill, and members of the post served as pallbearers. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to either Post 1048 or to the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens Club.
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ELBA SCHLIEPER - 82, of rural Nebo, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at his home. Born March 10, 1919, near Pittsfield, he was the son of Elba Levi and Jessie Fay Ligon Schlieper. He married Betty Lou Conger on Sept. 14, 1946, in Griggsville and she preceded him in death April 18, 1990. Mr. Schlieper was a 1938 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School and a retired carpenter with the Jacksonville Union Local United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. He was also an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, participating in the air offensive in Europe, seeing action in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was a charter member of Pleasant Hill American Legion Post 1048 and the VFW. He enjoyed playing tennis, ping-pong, and pool and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Mr. Schlieper was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, Roger Eugene Schlieper of rural Pearl; three daughters: Brenda Louise Gratton and Mary Catherin Crook, both of rural Nebo, and Marsha Ann Cox of Pittsfield; two sisters: Anna June Hirst of Pleasant Hill and Irene Sims of Versailles; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Schlieper was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister, Odette Schlieper, and a great-granddaughter, Mary Jane. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 1, at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Pastor Jim Jacques officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in Nebo Cemetery. Casket bearers were Wendell Conger, Bill Conger, Steve Conger, Steve Shaw, Ron Goewey, and Jim Long. Memorials are requested to the family.
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JESSIE FAY (LIGON) SCHLIEPER - 69, of Pleasant Hill, died in Illini hospital in Pittsfield, Saturday, Nov. 15, 1969 at 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Schlieper was born May 17, 1900 in Pleasant Hill township, a daughter of C. C. and Kittie Ann Ferguson Ligon. She was a member of the Methodist church and American Legion Auxiliary in Pleasant Hill. She married Elba L. Schlieper, Sr., Oct. 3, 1917. Surviving are the husband; a son, Elba, Jr. of Pleasant Hill; three daughters, Mrs. John (Anna June) Hirst of Louisiana, Mo., Mrs. Emmett (Irene) Sims of Versailles, and Odette Schlieper at home; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 in Ward funeral chapel. The Rev. William Bailey officiated. Burial was in Wells cemetery.
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MARGARET ELIZABETH (CRADER) SCHLIEPER , 85, of Hartford died Tuesday, April 13, 1982 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Alton. A daughter of the late Henry T. and Polly J. Campbell Crader, she was born in Hamburg. She married C. Otto Schlieper there on Nov. 11, 1915. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, E. J. of Decatur; four daughters, Valera L. Whyte of Godfrey, Betty L. Montgomery of Wood River, Patricia Louise Schriber of Hartford and Margaret Ann Turnquist of Des Moines, Ia.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Elsie Roberts of Alton and Leta Etter and Viola Stranch, both of Hamburg. Visitation was held Thursday evening at Marks Mortuary, where services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday, with W. Carl Ketcherside officiating. Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey. The First Church of Christ in Hartford has been named as a memorial.
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[SSDI: Margaret was born 10 Jun 1896. Hamburg is in Pike Co., IL. vgb]

MARION DALE SCHLIEPER , 58, of Iroquois, Ill., died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1982 at 6:58 p.m. in Iroquois Memorial Hospital. He was born in Pleasant Hill, May 18, 1924, a son of Marion Dale and Cleo Roberts Schlieper. He married Carol Hay June 1, 1947 in Bardolph, Ill. He was a retired agriculture teacher of Donovan, Ill High School, retiring in 1970. He was a World War II Marine veteran, member of the Pleasant Hill Church of Christ, Donovan Masonic Lodge No. 952, Donovan Eastern Star No. 484, member Donovan American Legion Post No. 633 and past member of Illinois Education Association. Surviving are the widow; four daughters, Mrs. Judy Roark of Tualatin, Oregon, Mrs. Pam Boyce of Claytonville, Ill., Mrs. Linda Blanchette of Trego, Wisconsin, and Miss Sharlene Schlieper of Dallas, Tex.; one sister, Mrs. Anna Day Rodgers of Atlantic, Iowa, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 30, 1982 in the Iroquois Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Louis McMahon. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery at Watseka. DeValk Funeral Home, Sheldon, Ill. was in charge of services. Memorials may be made to the Heart Fund.
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ODETTE SCHLIEPER , 68, of rural Versailles, died at 6:12 a.m. Friday (Aug. 4, 1989) in the home of her sister in Nebo. Miss Schlieper was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Time, a daughter of Elba L. and Jessie F. Ligon Schlieper. Miss Schlieper was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors include one brother, Elba Jr. of Nebo; two sisters, Anna June Hirst of Nebo and Irene Sims of Versailles; and several nieces and nephews. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, by the Rev. Wayne Carrigan. Burial will be in Wells Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until the time of services in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.
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ORVAL R. SCHLIEPER , 79, of Pearl died at noon Sunday, July 5, 1981 in Illini Hospital. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, in Hanks Funeral Home, Pearl, with Brother Joe Rowlett officiating. Interment will be in Green Pond cemetery. Born June 18, 1902 in Illinois, Mr Schlieper was a son of Charles and Alta Mae Harpole Schlieper. He was a retired inspector for International Harvester. He married Rosalie Flatt and she survives. Also surviving are four daughters, Janice McVay of Rock Island, Linda Sue Davis of Pearl, Gretchen Flender of Cedar Rapids, Ia. and Dianne Schlieper of Largo, Fla.; four sons, Norman of Milton, Fla., Jack of Rock Island, Thomas and Steve of Pearl, 24 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Four sisters and three brothers survive. They are Nellie Laird and Zula Wheeler, both of Pearl, Lena Holmes of Cleveland, Il., Elizabeth Hazelhorse of Laramie, Wyo., James of Pearl, Charles of Rock Island and Marvin of Lynn Center.
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VERNA A. (ZUMWALT) SCHLIEPER , 87, Pittsfield died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at the Pittsfield Manor. She was born Nov. 11, 1920, to Ched and Ona Henderson Zumwalt in Nebo. She married Carroll Schlieper July 23, 1938, in Bowling Green, Mo., and he preceded her in death July 1, 2005. She was a housewife who cared for the elderly, cooked for East Pike School Lunch Program, and was a Unit # 10 School Bus Driver. She was a member of the Greenpond Christian Church. Verna was a member of the Greenpond Ladies Club and the Big Spring Saddle Club. She enjoyed horse­back riding, gardening, crocheting, and flower gardening. She loved her family and opened her home to all. There was never a stranger at her home. Vema was well known for her homemade biscuits. Survivors include three sons, Carroll Jr. "Duke" (Carol A.) Schlieper of Pittsfield; Gene (Nancy) Schlieper of Magdaline, N.M.; and Danny (companion, Deanna) Schlieper of Nebo; five daughters, Mrs. Ona Day Johnston of Pittsfield; Mrs. Shirley Pumey of Henderson, Nev.; Mrs. Judy Sokolis of Springfield, Mrs. Martha (Larry) Woodward of Pittsfield and Mrs. Debbie (Tom) Robinson of Pittsfield. She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and three great-great­grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll; a daughter, Cindy Reveal; a grandson, Larry Woodward, Jr.; a granddaughter, Cheryl Johnston; seven brothers, Kenneth, Keith, Hugh, Leland, Parker, Hal and Dean Zumwalt; and two sisters, Vera Pruett and Veda Pruett. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 10:30 A.M. at the Greenpond Christian Church, with Reverend Rick Musgrove and Brother Jerry Edison officiating. A lunch will be served following the services at the Milton Christian Church Annex. Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 4 — 8 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. Burial will be at the Greenpond Cemetery, Pearl
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T. WILSON SCHLIEPER , 78, of Route 1, Pleasant Hill, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 30, 2000) in his home. Born Jan. 22, 1922, near Mozier, he was a son of William Arthur and Letitia Mortland Schlieper. Mr. Schlieper was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He was a mechanic and a farmer and had operated the former Schlieper Bros. Quarry in Belleview. He also had been employed by the Sny Island Levee Drainage District. Mr. Schlieper was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He enjoyed restoring Model T automobiles and attending auctions and was active with the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens Group. Mr. Schlieper was a member of the former Belleview Methodist Church. Survivors include a brother, Kent Schlieper of rural Pleasant Hill; a sister, Helen Teaque of Mountainberg, Ark; a sister-in-law, Fern Schlieper of Nebo; numerous nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Roger (Connie) Newenham of rural Pleasant Hill; and several great-nieces and great-nephews, including Claire Newenham of rural Pleasant Hill. He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Zane, Allen and Jimmy B. Schlieper and an infant brother. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Eldon Cook. Burial will be in Long Cemetery near Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Senior Citizens Group.
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MAXINE (SUTTON) SCHNEPF , died Thursday July 31, 2008 at Blessing Hospital Quincy. She was born July 20, 1923 near New Canton to Albert Lee and Kizzy Leona Pelican Sutton. She married Carl Schnepf Sept. 18, 1943 at Palmyra MO and he preceded Oct. 6, 1987. She worked for the Barry Glove Factory. She was a member of the El Dara Christian Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, sewing crafts, cards, flowers, baby quilts. She won awards for hersewing craft work, and canning vegetables. Survivors include four sons, Joseph W., Quincy, Lyndle, Baylis, John and Raymond of Barry; four daughters, Mrs. Bill (Connie) Jojnessee, Milton, Mrs. Donald (Carolyn ( Shafffer, Glenarm, Mrs. Marvin (Dorothea) Smith, Nauvoo and Mrs. Dickie 9Brenda) Johnson, Pittsfield; one brother, Ira Sutton, Barry; three sisters, Mary Alice Bradshaw, Barry, Bonnie Jean Newell, Blue Springs MO and Donna Robinson, Grand Prairie TX; 13 grandchildren and six great grand children. Special thanks to her care givers, Jennie Johnson, Barbara Patterson, Carolyn Johnson, Cathy Test, Betty Reel, Becky Hull, Juanita Helms and Dr. Dan Evans and Renal Dialysis nurses in Pittsfield. She was preced by her husband Carl Schnepf; a son James, a grandson, Jerry Joe; sister Sadie and a brother Nathan. Services were August 4 at 2 p.m. at Niebur Funeral Home. Burial at Blue River Cemetery, Detroit.
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BILLIE G. SEALOCK , 72, of Nebo, died at 8:42 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2005 at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. He was born March 7, 1933 in Pleasant Hill to Howard William and Lavetta Beatrice Hartsock Sealock. He married Nancy Lou (Masterson) Sealock Dec. 3, 1960 who died Aug. 9, 1988. He later married Eilene Rodgers in July of 2002 and she survives. Mr. Sealock was retired from Stark Brothers Nursery, in Louisiana, Mo., where he was a longtime employee. He was of the Nazarene Faith and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1961. He was an avid outdoorsman. Mr. Sealock is survived by his wife, Eilene, a daugher, Jennifer (husband Thomas) Parker of Nebo; two grandchildren Kristen Sealock and Dalton Parker both of Nebo; one brother, Charles Sealock of Kankakee; a sister Shirlene Stark of Leroy. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Nancy; a son, Mark Alan Sealock Aug. 8, 1991; a brother Larry Dean Sealock and an infant sister, Sharon. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at the Ward Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill and burial, with military honors at the Nebo Cemetery in Nebo. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Ward Lummis Funeral Home.

FAMIE (ROWLEY) SEALOCK , 88, of Nebo, died Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 1963 at 8, in Couch Nursing Home in Pittsfield. She had formerly lived at Pleasant Hill and Nebo. She had lived in the nursing home for the past five years. Mrs. Sealock was born in Black Oak community in Martinsburg township, Feb. 5, 1875, a daughter of William J. and Hannah Blaine Rowley. She was a member of the Baptist church. She was married to William Sealock in 1893, who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alma Bradshaw of Hannibal, Mo., and Mrs. Maude Bowles of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a son, Howard of Nebo; a sister, Mrs. Lilly Craft of Ashley, Mo.; a brother, Lee Rowley of Mishawaka, Ind.; nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Ward funeral chapel in Pleasant Hill Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, 1963 at 2. with the Rev. Robert G. Poor officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery.

LARRY DEAN SEALOCK , 67, of Nebo, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at his residence in Nebo. He was born June 7, 1935 in Pleasant Hill to Howard William and Lavetta Beatrice Hartsock Sealock. He married Wanda Rae Maricle on Oct. 3, 1992. She survives in Nebo. Survivors are four sons, Larry A. Sealock of Nebo, Russ Sealock of Detroit, Richard Sealock of Carthage and Daniel Mulford of Pittsfield; eight daughters, Bonnie Purvis of Paducah, Ky., Sherri Musarri of West Allis, Wis., Cindy Sealock of Paducah, Ky. Monica Tatham of Bloomington, Annette Mulford of Belleview, Mari Ann Stoecker of Macomb, Samantha Daniels of Nebo, and Tabatha Mulford of Nebo; two brothers, Bill Sealock of Nebo and Charles Sealock of Kankakee; one sister, Shirlene Stark of LeRoy; 30 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister, Sharon Susan, and a nephew, Mark Sealock. He was employed by Sisbro, Inc. in Quincy for 10 years and was a member of the Nebo Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 2, at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, conducted by Rev. Larry Stivers. Cremation rites were accorded following the services. Memorials are suggested to the charity or organization of the donor's choice.

NANCY LOU (MASTERSON) SEALOCK , 46, of Nebo, died at 3: 2?, Tuesday (Aug. 9, 1988) in St. John's Hospital of Springfield after ? illness. Mrs. Sealock was born Sept. 12, 1941, in Kinderhook, a daughter of Robert and Alma Personett Masterson. She married Billie Sealock Dec. 3, 1960, in Louisiana, Mo. He survives. Mrs. Sealock was an office secretary for the past 17 years at Stark Brothers Nursery in Atlas. She was a member of Nebo ? Church. Survivors include her mother Mrs Alma Wilcox of Nebo, Mark Sealock of Quincy, a daughter Jennifer Sealock of the home; brothers Robert and Charles Masterson of Nebo; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Hooton of Bowling Green, Mo., Mrs. Martha Hart, New Canton, Ill., and Lucy Foster of Nebo. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother. Services will be conducted ? p.m. Thursday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Illinois by Brother Wayne Carrigan. Burial will be in the Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home (balance cut off).
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LILLIAN IDELLE (BROWNING) SECREST , 88, of Perry, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 3, 2006, at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville . She was born Sept. 17, 1918, near Chambersburg , daughter of the late Asa and Nora Fagan Browning. She married Glenn H. Secrest on July 9, 1940, in Chambersburg , and he preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2004. Surviving are 3 daughters, Barbara Kay Secrest of Perry, Carolyn Tenhouse and husband Richard of Quincy, and Rosemary Waters and Lynn of Chambersburg; 3 grandchildren, Julie Waters Holaway and husband Mark of Jacksonville, Murray Glenn Waters and wife Alissa of Griggsville, and Cindy Tenhouse of Quincy; 5 great grandchildren, Katelyn Rose, Caleb Andrew, and Hunter Glenn Holaway, all of Jacksonville, and Ashley Renee Waters and Kyle Evan Waters, both of Griggsville; a sister in law, Marjorie Thompson of Lakeland, Fla and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a brother, Floyd Browning. She attended Summitt School near Chambersburg, where she met her future husband and was a 1936 graduate of Chambersburg High School . She farmed alongside her husband for 50 years on the family farm northeast of Perry. Living in the Perry community her entire life, in 1988, she and her husband were Perry's honored citizens. Mrs. Secrest was a devoted Christian and a member of Chambersburg Christian Church where she taught Sunday School. She was a past 4H leader and a past member of Pike County Home Extension and Perry Garden Club and loved to garden. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a loving example to everyone who knew her. Funeral services were at 10 am Saturday at the Chambersburg Christian Church. Burial was in McCord Cemetery in Perry. Airsman-Hires Chapel in Griggsville handled arrangements. Memorials are suggested to Chambersburg Christian Church, Perry Cemetery Association or the Dorsey-Browning Cemetery .

HELEN (DOUGLAS) SEIBERT - Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Seibert, formerly of Detroit and more recently a resident of Griggsville, were held at 2 pm Tuesday at Sutter Funeral home, Pittsfield, with Rev. Dean Stanberry officiating. Interment was in Blue River Cemetery, south of Detroit. Mrs. Seibert, 82, died at 9:30 am Sunday, Aug. 2, 1970 in Illini hospital. Born March 20, 1887 in Pittsfield, Helen Douglas was the daughter of C.M. and Matilda Douglas. She was married Feb. 11, 1908 to George Seibert who preceded her in death in February of 1963. She is survived by four nephews.

ADA V. (SITTLER) SEYBOLD , 76, of Washington and formerly of Pittsfield, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. She was born Aug. 2, 1932 in Pittsfield to the late Charles and Celia Bagent Sittler. After the death of her parents she was raised and cared for by uncle and aunt Julius and Ada Sittler Heck. She married Gene Seybold Oct. 21, 1951 in Pittsfield. She is survived by a daughter, Jan Raney and husband Jim and grandson, Joe Raney, all of Washington; two nieces, Kay Divan and husband Bob of Rushville and Suzanne Bedrava and husband, George of Noblesville, Ind.; four great-nieces; and four great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Maureen Parker and Melvina Kemp. During her life, Ada enjoyed living in Pittsfield, Carthage, Jacksonville, Clayton and finally Washington. While in Pittsfield was active at the First Methodist Church, enjoyed square dancing and traveling. She made friends in all the places she lived from the bowling league in Carthage, 4-H leadership in Jacksonville, the faculty at Clatyon Grade School and Leisure Acres Home in Washington. In her later years enjoyed spending time with her grandson and gardening. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Pittsfield United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. Burial will follow in Pittsfield West Cemetery
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ALICE SEYBOLD , 96, of Springfield, died Sunday Aug. 10, 2008 at Lewis Memorial Nursing Home in Springfield. She married George H. Seybold and he preceded her in death Jan. 2, 1999. She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Ann Jennings of Springfield and Mad ean Wagner of Billings, Mt.; one son and daughter- in-law, Gene and Doris Seybold of Minnesota; one brother, Bert Doane of Sedalia, Mo.; seven grandchil­dren, Jackie and Phil Harris of Springfield, Cindy and Jerry Johnson of Waverly, Mindy and Bob Heaps of Parker, Colo., Penny and Vic VillaIva of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jan and Jim Raney of Washington, Trina and John Higgins and Theresa Wagner, all of Billings, Mt.; 13 great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Imogene Doane Seybold. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Berlin, with Fr. Angel Seria officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Pittsfield West Cemetery in Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers

CHARLES R. SEYBOLD , 89, of Pittsfield died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Illini Community Hospital, Pittsfield. He was born Oct. 22, 1919 in New Salem to Charles E and Hattie Root Seybold. He served his country in WWII in the Army Air Corp. plus Korea Conflict. He married Elaine Burlingham July 1, 1942 in Bowling Green, Mo. and she preceded Feb. 2, 1942. He later married Bertha Crossman Oct. 22, 1995 at the Pittsfield United Methodist Church Courtyard and she survives. Charlie real love was farming. He drove a truck and farmed with his father prior to WWII. He farmed near Detroit and in later years he retired there. He opened the Lowry Motel, sold furniture at Watson Furniture. He owned Cannon's Ice Cream Parlor, security guard Eaton Maufac. Co., in Battle Creek, Mich., Country Co. Ins. Agent, owned Seybold Apple & Peach Orchard at Pearl, and Seybold Candy and Tobacco, Co. Charles was a member the United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, Pittsfield American Legion Post 152 and drill squad, Pittsfield Lodge 790 A.F. & A.M., 55 year member, Ansar Shrine Temple & Legion of Honor, Pike County Shrine Club, Pike County Farm Bureau. Enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin, gardening and fruit trees, enjoyed going to Texas in Winter, and hunting quail. Survivors include his wife, Bertha Seybold; two sons, Charles D. (Carol) Seybold of Pittsfield and Craig (Lacy) Seybold, Austin, Texas; one step daughter, Joyce Cano, Independence, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Frances Wuelfing, Quincy; two grandsons, Rob and Scott Seybold, both of Pittsfield; two step grandchildren, Angela and Patrick. He was preceded his first wife, Elaine Seybold, a stepson Gerald Crossman, two brothers, and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield with Rev. Linda Peyla officiating. Masonic services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home prior to the funeral. Burial will be at the West Cemetery in Pittsfield. Lunch will be served after the services at Orr Hall, United Methodist Church, Pittsfield. Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at the Niebur Funeral Home, Pittsfield. Memorials are to the Pittsfield Untied Methodist Church or Pittsfield American Legion Post #152.
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ETHEL LOUISE SEYBOLD ,95, of Perry died Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2005) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. She was born May 6, 1910, in Fairmount Township, Pike County, a daughter of John Ellsworth and Mary Elizabeth Wade Seybold. Dr. Seybold graduated from Perry Community High School in 1925 and from Illinois College in Jacksonville in 1929 with a major in Latin and a minor in Greek. She received a number of undergraduate honors including the Tanner Prize in Latin, the designation of “most promising student,” Rammelkamp Scholarships, Special Honors and Final Honors. A scholarship student at the University of Missouri, she earned a master’s degree in classics from that institution. She began her teaching career at the high schools of Pleasant Hill and Monticello. Later, as a university fellow at Yale University, she earned master’s doctorate degrees in English. She then returned to her undergraduate alma mater, Illinois College, to join the faculty of the English department. Wherever she was, she made a contribution. At Illinois College, in the absence of an alumni secretary, she assumed that position for two years. During that time, she taught in the English department in the morning, supervising the alumni office in the afternoon and often composed the “Quarterly” after midnight. As alumni secretary, she designed and produced the first Illinois college Commemorative plates.
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CARROLL SHINN ,80 of rural New Hartford, died Saturday, April 9, 2005 at Pittsfield Manor. Born Aug.23,1924 on the family farm near New Hartford, IL in Pike Co., he was a son of Charles A. and Leola Clark Shinn. He never married and was a grain and livestock farmer on the farm where he was born and raised. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1942 as valedictorian of his class. He was a member of the Pike Co. Farm Bureau and enjoyed collecting guns and coins. He was a member of the New Hartford Christian Church where he served as treasurer for many years. He enjoyed coming to town for coffee with friends and was always the first to open the restaurant of a morning (4 a.m.) Survivors: one brother Clark Shinn of Summer Hill, IL, a nephew Gary (Teresa) Shinn of Pleasant Hill, IL., a niece Dr. Victor (Deleta) Kerr, Austin, TX, a niece Mrs. Benny (Brooke) Johnson of Rockport, IL., 4 great nieces and 2 great nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Bro. Bill Smith officiating. Burial will be at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Memorials are to the New Hartford Christian Church or the Mounted Angels. There is no visitation.

CAROL ANN (THOMAS) SHIREMAN , 65, of Quincy, died at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday (June 20, 2000) in her home. Born Jan. 11, 1935, near Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Shireman was a daughter of John Leon and Carol Guthrie Thomas. She married Myrl Shireman on May 16, 1953, in Davidson, Okla. He survives. Mrs. Shireman was a secretary at Quincy Senior High School for more than 20 years. She was a member of Women in Education and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Pleasant Hill. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling, decorating her home and shopping. Survivors include her husband; three sons, Steve Shireman of Quincy, Jeff Shireman and his wife Susan, of Pittsfield, and Brock Shireman and his wife, Amy, of Merrillville, Ind; a granddaughter Emily Shireman of Scottsdale Ariz; her mother, Carol Thomas of Pleasant Hill; a sister, Meribeth Smith of Pleasant Hill; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Mrs. Shireman was preceded in death by her father; and a brother Jack Thomas. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Ward-Lummis Home in Pleasant Hill by Elder Lee Ourth. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home with the family meeting friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to Blessing Foundation for Hospice, the Quincy Foundation for Quality Education or the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation.

CLARENCE W. SHIREMAN ,54, of Pleasant Hill, an employee at Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company here died at his home Thursday, March 13, 1969 at 2:15 p.m. He was stricken and fell while working at the Panhandle station and died after he was taken to his home. Mr. Shireman was born in Calhoun county, south of Pleasant Hill, Sept. 13, 1914, a son of Charles and Eva Hubbard Shireman. He married Maxine Fish Jan. 21, 1934, at Pittsfield. He had worked at Panhandle for the past 23 years. Surviving are the widow; two sons, Myrl D. and Donald E., both of Pleasant Hill, and four grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 in the Ward funeral chapel with the Rev. Robert Gulledge officiating. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery.
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GARY L. SHIREMAN , 63, of Pleasant Hill, died Friday, Dec. 2, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1942, to Leonard and Ernest and Mabel McGlauchlen Shireman. He married Roberta "Lynn" Hawkins Dec. 22, 1964 in Pleasant Hill. She preceded him in death Jan. 19, 2005. Gary was a machine operator for Stark Brothers Nursery in Louisiana, Mo. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1964-1966 and was a former member of the Pleasant Hill Fire Department. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid NASCAR fan. Survivors include a daughter, Amy (husband Michael) of Bossier City, La.; a son David (wife Suzane) Shireman of Jacksonville, two grandchildren, Levi Winters and Emily Elkins of Bossier City; one sister, Sheila Walters (husband Ira) of Eldred, a niece, Michelle Frazier, and two nephews, Terry and Lenny Walters. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Graveside services were held Monday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill conducted by Bro. Don Hannel. Burial followed at Crescent Heights Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.
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ROBERTA LYNN (HAWKINS) SHIREMAN ,58, Pleasant Hill, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2005, at Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana, Mo. She was born Aug, 17, 1946 in Pittsfield to Leslie G. and Frances R. Jackson Hawkins. She married Gary L. Shireman Dec. 22, 1964 in Pleasant Hill, and he survives. She was a 1964 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School and a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. She was a former Pleasant Hill EMT and was a member of Pike County Memorial Hospital's "Relay for Life" team. She enjoyed flower gardening. She was employed by Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana as a respiratory technician and most recently in the medical records department for 27 years. Survivors are her husband, Gary, of Pleasant Hill; two children, Amy (husband Michael) Elkins of Pleasant Hill and David (wife Suzanne) of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Levi Winters and Emily Elkins, both of Pleasant Hill; a brother, Frank (wife Robin) Hawkins of Bowling Green; and a sister, Becky (husband Gene) Crim of Marshall, Mo. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill conducted by Don Peebles. Burial was at Crescent Height Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Casket bearers were Dustin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins, Duane Hawkins, Gene Crim, Michael Crim and Jay Arnold. Visitation was held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pike County Memorial Hospital.
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BERTHA M. (LYMAN) SHOEMAKER , 65, of Griggsville died unexpectedly Friday, July 17, 1981 in Vista, Calif. where she was visiting. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St James Episcopal Church, Griggsville, with the Rev Garrett Clanton officiating. Interment will be in Griggsville cemetery. Born Sept. 9, 1915 at Pittsfield, Mrs Shoemaker was a daughter of William Franklin and Laura Mae Harlowe Lyman. She married Clifton Shoemaker Aug. 31, 1932 at Pittsfield. He died Jan. 17, 1963. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Lee (Leta) Bonds of Griggsville and Mrs Steven (Vickie) Bradshaw of Beardstown; two sons, John E. of Griggsville and Robert L. of Vista, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs Vay (Lulu) Shoemaker of Griggsville. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Clayton M. Shoemaker.
Contributed by Virginia Hart Collection

CHARLES SHOEMAKER , 69, of Pleasant Hill, and formerly of Cleburne, Texas, and Jacksonville, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. He was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Pittsfield, the son of Charles Sr. and Myrtle Belle McGee Shoemaker. He is survived by four children, Renee Barton (husband, Robbie) of Pleasant Hill, Tammy Sue McClain of Cleburne, Texas, Tony Shoemaker of Chester and Christine Mitchell (husband, Eric) of Killeen, Texas; two stepchildren, Theresa Shanks of Pearl and Tina Shamblin of Jacksonville; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Weldon Shoemaker of Jasper, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Johnny Shoemaker and, in infancy, Douglas Dwight Shoemaker. Mr. Shoemaker attended Jerseyville schools and served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He owned and operated Fairway Construction Company in Jacksonville and later in Cleburne, Texas. He was a member of Deeper Life Christian Fellowship in Cleburne, Texas. An avid NASCAR racing fan, he enjoyed gardening and spending time with his great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, with burial at Youngblood Cemetery in Nortonville. The family will meet friends from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left to the family online at www.buchanancody.com.
Contributed by Billie Browning

ELLA (VORHEES) SHOEMAKER , was born at Mine Brook, Somerset county, New Jersey, on the 21st day of January, 1825. She was the fifth of eleven children of Granet Vorhees and Sarah Whitaker, and although all of this large family grew to manhood and womanhood, she was spared to outlive all the others, her last brother having passed away only a month before her. Her early life was spent in the bustling activities of an old fashioned farm. For two years she served as teacher in the neighboring district school. At the age of 29 she was married of John S. Falmly, of Phickemin. In 1860, when the elder of her two sons was but 3 years old, her husband was accidentally killed. Three years later she married Benjamin T. Shoemaker, of Someville. Four children, Lillina, Ella, Gabrella and Rephael, were born of this union. In February 1868, the family moved to a farm near Perry. After the death of Mr. Shoemaker, in October, 1872, the management of her farm and rearing of her six children devolved solely upon her, duties that she discharged with rare fidelity. In 1885 she retired from the farm, and has since lived with her children in Griggsville, Normal and Perry. Mrs. Shoemaker led a busy life for, besides the care and nurture of her children she had no small share in the bringing up of her nine step children, all of whom held her in most affectionate esteem. Yet in the midst of the engrossing cares of this household she always found time for the care of flowers, for needlework and her extensive reading. Her ancestors were chiefly of the Holland Dutch stock that, during the Reformation endured and suffered because of their Protestant faith. To their religion was the greatest interest of life. Her people were constant readers of the Bible, and of our best religious literature. From early childhood until the infirmities of age made it no longer possible, she was a regular and punctual attendant upon Divine service. Her faith was a part of her nature undisturbed by doubts and misgivings, a serene confidence in Him who doeth all things well. The funeral wass held Friday morning from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Garette Reynolds, at 10 o’clock, Rev. Gossard officiating. Relatives attending from out of town were: Prof. and Mrs. David Feimley, of Normal, Ill.; John S. Felmly, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Butterfield, Miss Katherine Shoemaker and Miss Nancie Gibbs, of Griggsville.
Transcribed and submitted by Delaine Donaldson - The Quincy Daily Whig, July 21, 1909

HAROLD EUGENE SHOEMAKER , 84 of Perry, IL passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at Illini Community Hospital. Harold was born on July 29, 1929 in Elkhorn Township in Brown County, IL, a son of Elza David and Reba Olive Fowler Shoemaker. He married Mary Miller in the Methodist Church in Perry, IL on August 12, 1956 and she survives. Harold was a veteran of the United States Army and while stationed in Germany worked on Army tanks. He had worked as a delivery driver for Webel Feeds and later drove a school bus for Perry-Griggsville Schools and was a custodian at the Perry school. He loved race cars and in earlier years raced at the Pittsfield Race Track. Harold enjoyed derby cars and helping his son get his derby car ready for local events. He enjoyed mowing and working on his mowers and “tinkering”. He loved to spend time with his kids and grandkids. He is survived by his wife Mary; four daughters, Linda (Fred) Lothridge of Perry; Carla Shoemaker of Perry; Sheila (John) Kroeschel of Barry; Judy (Torry) Stecker of Pittsfield; three sons survive, Robert Shoemaker of Meredosia; Kenny (Lori Williams) Shoemaker of Griggsville and Carey Shoemaker of Auburn, OH. Eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren survive in addition to two brothers, David (Betty) Shoemaker of Perry and Garold (Janet) Shoemaker of Quincy; and a sister, Thelma Butler of Griggsville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leslie Shoemaker and a sister, Connie Waite. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Clint Weir officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Wilson Cemetery near Perry with military graveside rites accorded by Perry American Legion Post #1040 and military funeral honor guard.
Contributed by Billie Browning

KATRINA SHOEMAKER , was born in Griggsville, Illinois, May 9, 1897, and passed away in Boston, Mass., March 19, 1920, aged 22 years, 10 months and 10 days. She is survived by her mother, Alice Shoemaker, and a brother, Charles Shoemaker. Her father, Winifred Shoemaker, passed away May 24, 1899. Katrina was a graduate of the Griggsville high school, being a member of the class of 1916. After graduation she took a course at Normal which followed by two years of teaching, one at the Walnut Grove School and one in the third grade of the home school. During the last year of the war when the government issued its plea for young women volunteers to enter training for army nursing, Katrina answered the call. Her appointment being delayed she made application in the Massachusetts General Hospital beginning her work there in January. 1918. Here she threw into her work all the abounding vitality and energy which characterized her life, winning recognition from those in authority. She was a member of the Congregational church, from childhood being in constant attendance at Sunday school and the regular services of the church, and later one of the faithful members of the Junior Society of Christian Endeavor, her presence and interest being an inspiration. With the passing of Katrina ends a life of more than usual brightness and promise. Beautiful and accomplished, sunny of disposition, thoughtful and kindly she was a social favorite and none knew her but to love her. The transition of a beautiful life occurred with the passing of this young girl, and a wonderful memory is the inheritance of those who are left. To the S. S. S. club, a band of girls who have been friends from childhood, the memory of her life will ever be an inspiration and incentive. The large numbers of exquisite flowers testified to the love and esteem with which she was regarded; one beautiful piece coming from her doctors, nurses and friends of the hospital in Boston. Their beauty and fragrance were em-blematic of the life just ended, and those who have partaken of their sweetness and charm are assured that neither has lived in vain. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon, March 23, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. John DeWitt Leek, pastor of the Congregational church in Pittsfield. The Interment was in the Griggsville cemetery. The pallbearers were Kitchel Farrand, Baldwin Stead. George Anderson, Ernest Brierley, Henry Seeds and Thos. Ball. Those from out of town present at the services were: Sherman Hoyt, Havana; Miss Clara Hoyt, Easton, Ill.; W. H. French, Chicago; Miss Mary French. Decatur, Ill.: Miss Pearl Vertrees, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Moore, Mrs. C. B. Ingalls, Miss Ethel Conrad, Pittsfield; Harris Triplett, Perry; Mr. and Mrs. R. Shoemaker, son Robert and daughter Mary, Jacksonville; Velma Loveless and Lucy Wetzel, Eureka. College; Sue Wade, Jacksonville; Mildred Turnbull, Macomb; Hazel Sleight, Kitchel Farrand, Fred Shoemaker, Champaign; Helen Taylor, Bowling Green. Mo.; Mrs. Celeste Lape, El Paso, Ill. Mrs. Shoemaker and Charles wish to thank their friends for their sympathetic help through the past weeks.
Submitted by Delaine Donaldson

MABEL SHOEMAKER , 89, of the Eastside Healthcare in Pittsfield, and formerly of Perry, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Eastside Healthcare.{{More}} She was born June 11, 1920 near Mt. Sterling daughter of the late Emanuel and Minnie Allen Shoemaker. Surviving is a sister, Lily Cunningham of Peoria; a special niece, Thelma Butler of Griggsville; as well as several other nieces, nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Bonnie Phillips and Nora Shoemaker; and brothers, Earl Shoemaker, Elza Shoemaker, Emory Shoemaker, Roy Shoemaker, Clyde Shoemaker and Burt Shoemaker. She was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church in Pittsfield. She loved to do embroidery and quilting. She also loved animals and children. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at Wilson Cemetery in Perry. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Perry Cemetery Association c/o Airsman-Hires Chapel Box 341 Griggsville, Il. 62340. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Contributed by Billie Browning

RENA (THOMPSON) SHOEMAKER , 79, of Louisiana died Thursday, July 15, 1982 at Pike County [Missouri] Hospital after a long illness. Graveside services for Mrs. Shoemaker were held Saturday, July 17, at Memorial Garden Cemetery on Rt. D, south of Louisiana. The minister was the Rev. Charles Moore, pastor of Noix Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Shoemaker was born June 14, 1903 at Milton, Ill., a daughter of Mathias and Grace Wyskiver Thompson. She was married Nov. 22, 1922 to Glenn Shoemaker, and he survives. She is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Grace Kirwan of Bridgeton and Mrs. Kennith (Glenna) Hufford of Rt. 1, Louisiana; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Hess of Milton and Mrs. Georgia Deemer of Kansas City; a brother, George Johnson of Milton; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Kathryn Shoemake Flack; her parents; a sister, Edna Cook of Milton; two brothers, Mathias Johnson of Louisiana and Frank Johnson of Grain Valley, Mo. Mrs. Shoemaker worked for about 20 years at the Wells-Lamont Grove factory in Louisiana. She worked for about six years at Pike County Hospital. The family suggests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Shoemaker was a member of the Noix Creek Baptist Church. The Sterne Funeral Home was in charge. The pallbearers were Stephen Kirwan, Christopher Kirwan, John Kirwan, Kevin Hufford, Robert Rogers and Jerry DeBold.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne from the Virginia Hart Collection

MARIETTA (SHAW) SHONHART ,80, of Nebo died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at her home. She was born July 10, 1924 near Nebo to Eugene Marshall and Mildred Lucille Garrison Shaw. She married Paul B. Shonhart Dec. 14, 1941 in Bowling Green, Mo. and he preceded her in death Aug. 18, 1981. She was a graduate of Nebo High School and was employed by the Brown Shoe Co. in Pittsfield, was a cook for the Nebo Grade School and High School and retired as Director of Housekeeping for Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield in 1985. Following retirement she cared for the elderly in their homes. She was a member of the Nebo Church of Christ and enjoyed cooking, quilting, sewing and raising African violets. She is survived by one son, Gerald Paul Shonhart (wife Edna) of Nebo; two grandchildren, David Shonhart (wife Teresa) of Nebo and Cindy Crowder of Nebo; four great-grandsons, Marcus Crowder, and Matthew, Gregory and Samuel Shonhart, all of Nebo; and longtime family friend, Hayward Goodin. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Wilson Ramsey officiating. Burial will be at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation was held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Casket bearers are David Shonhart, Marcus Crowder, Leon Holcomb, Lawrence Pruett, Gerald Dean Crossman and Kevin Killebrew. Honorary bearers are Hayward Goodin, Wade Garrison, Donald Evans, Harold Booth and Durell Chamberlain. Memorials are suggested to Blessing Foundation for Hospice or Crescent Heights Cemetery Association.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

MAUDE L. SHONHART ,97, of Pittsfield died 1:02 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Illini Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 7, 1904 in Pike County a daughter of the late Harold and Madge McClintock Capps. She married Earl Shonhart in 1946 and he preceded her in death Dec. 27, 1978. She graduated Pittsfield High School riding to and from school in a horse and buggy, and later attended Gen City Business College in Quincy. She was a member of the Pittsfield Church of Christ. She was employed by International Shoe Company in Hannibal, MO and later, with her husband, farmed in Martinsburg township. She loved to garden and enjoyed flowers. Survivors include one sister, Frances LaDow of Collinsville; one brother, Harold Capps of Pittsfield; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents; 2 sisters, Leila Miller and Wilma Lyons; two brothers, Merle and Lyndle Capps. Funeral services were Saturday at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Bro. Robert Hammitt officiating. Burial was at Burbridge Cemetery south of Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to Burbridge Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

NOEL SHONHART former Pittsfield resident and retire employee of the Universal-Atlas Cement Co. in Hannibal, Mo., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1981 in a St Louis hospital. Mr Shonhart was born in Martinsburg, Jan. 3, 1911, a son of Ralph and Mattie Lynch Shonhart. He married Lucille Beshears. He was a member of the New Salem Baptist Church in Winfield, Mo. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Norman of St Louis and Harry of Troy; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday in the O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, conducted by the Rev Steve Lake. Burial was in Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Transcribed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Virginia Hart Collection

MAY (WAGGONER) SHONHART - A sad death was that of Mrs. Chas. Schonhardt, (Shonhart) aged about 21 years, formerly of Martinsburg township, who died last week in Barton, Oklahoma, of diphtheria, shortly after having given birth to a child. The deceased, who was a daughter of Thomas Waggoner, of Martinsburg township, about two or three years since went from here to Oklahoma and located at Barton, where the husband engaged in farming. Mrs. Shonhardt (Shonhart) had been sick with throat trouble for perhaps two or three days when it was discovered that her ailment was diphtheria, and a day or two later a child was born and being unable to survive the shock she passed away. The husband accompanied by the nurse girl, a little daughter about two years old and the infant child, brought the remains back to this county for burial, where they arrived Sunday night, and were taken from here to the home of her father in Martinsburg. The funeral, which on account of the disease with which she died, was held Monday from the home of her parents and the body was laid to rest in the Burbridge cemetery south of Time."
Contributed by Kathy Robinson - Pike County Democrat, Jan 20, 1909

PAUL B. SHONHART - 60, of Nebo died Aug 17, 1981 at Blessing Hospital, Quincy. Born at Summer Hill Oct. 23, 1920, he was a son of Willie and Lela Fast Shonhart. He married Marietta Shaw in Blowing Green, Mo. Dec. 14, 1941. She survives. Mr. Shonhart was a retired farmer-carpenter-truckdriver. He is survived by his wife; one son, Gerald Paul of Nebo; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (today) at 2 p.m. at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill with Rev. Larry Wiehe officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Heights cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - Virginia Hart Collectioink

FRANCES L. SINCLAIR - 84, of Pittsfield died early Sunday morning, April 16, 2000, at the Pittsfield Health Care Center. Born Feb. 24, 1916 in Pike County, she was a daughter of Loren and Etta Stout Willard. She married Darold Sinclair Sept. 2, 1939 in Paducah, Ky. He preceded her in death in 1985. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Glen and Ed Willard, and a sister, Helen Robinson. Survivors include two brothers, Wayne Willard and Merle Willard, both of Pittsfield, and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Sinclair was a 1932 graduate of Pittsfield High School, and of Gem City Business College. She had worked as a secretary at Illini Hospital. She owned and operated Frances’s Floral Shop in Pittsfield for 28 years. She was a charter member of the Pittsfield Moose Lodge and a member of the Pittsfield Church of Christ. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today Wednesday, at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in the Pittsfield West Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jim McKinney, Donald Willard, Robert Willard, Matthew Shaw, George Saylor, Eric Willard, and Ruth Sultzberger. Memorial contributions can be made to the Pittsfield Church of Christ or the American Legion Baseball fund.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

GEORGE W. SINKLEAR - The Press Friday contained a brief notice of the death of G. W. Sinklear of Pleasant Hill, Ill., which occurred Thursday night at 9:30 o'clock. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence Friday by Rev. Wright of Hannibal, who spoke beautifully of his life and character to a large concourse of genuine friends and the remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Had Mr. Sinklear of "Uncle Wash" as he was familiarly called, lived until April 4 he would have been 72 years old. He was a brother of Mrs. Q. M. Jump, formerly of this city, and she is the only one left of a family of eleven. The whole town of Pleasant Hill mourns for him. He was everybody's friend old and young and had always a kind word for everyone and would have shared his last cent with any stranger who might have asked it. The public school was dismissed that the children might look upon his dear old face for the last time. Had he possessed the wealth of the Goulds no more tender devotion could have been shown him by everyone. He was "Grandpa" and "Uncle Wash" to old and young, faithful, kind and true to all mankind. He had carried the mail at Pleasant Hill for the past four years and even the train messengers sent him kind messages each day. His disease was heart trouble and he was ill but two weeks.
Contributed by Marcia McQuaid

CHARLES SKIRVIN , 94, of Louisiana and formerly of Pleasant Hill, Ill., died at 9:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006, at Pike County Memorial Hospital in Louisiana. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, 2006 at Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Ill. Bill Bouyea will officiate. Burial will be at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be from noon until time of services Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Skirvin was born Aug. 28, 1911, near Belleview, Ill., to John Lester and Dena Mae Bouyea Skirvin. He was married to Frances A. Pritchett on May 5, 1939, in Mexico. She survives. Other survivors include four sons, Douglas Skirvin of Clarksville, Larry Skirvin of rural Pleasant Hill, Ill., Lonnie Skirvin of rural Kampsville, Ill., and Charles Skirvin Jr. of rural Nebo, Ill.; three daughters, Joan Myers and Beverly Yokem, both of Louisiana, and Ruth Ellen Poyner of Pittsfield, Ill.; two brothers; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

FRANCES (PRITCHETT) SKIRVIN , 90, of Louisiana, Mo., and formerly of Pleasant Hill died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Moore Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green, Mo. Frances was born March 10, 1922 in Frankford, Mo., a daughter of Arley and Amy Epperson Pritchett. She married Charles “Vinton” Skirvin May 5, 1939 in Mexico, Mo. and he died Jan. 17, 2006. Frances was a long time employee of the Clarksville, Louisiana and Pleasant Hill Garment Factories and was a member of the Garment Worker’s Union. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and traveling the United States with her husband. Frances was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include three daughters, Joan Myers of Louisiana, Ruth Ellen (Evert) Poyner of Pittsfield and Beverly Yokem of Louisiana; four sons, Douglas (Dorothy) Skirvin of Clarksville, Larry (Kay) Skirvin of rural Pleasant Hill, Lonnie (Faith) Skirvin of rural Kampsville and Charles Skirvin Jr. of rural Nebo; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, James Pritchett, a sister, Letha Watts, a daughter, Phyllis Kay Skirvin and a grandson, Steven R. Skirvin. Graveside services were held Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. at Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill conducted by Bill Bouyea. There was no visitation, however friends were invited to the graveside services. Memorials may be made to the Crescent Heights Cemetery Association or the charity or organization of the donor’s choice. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

JOSHUA JOHN SKIRVIN , age 30, of 280 E. 2400 ST, Barry , IL, died on Friday, December 31, 2010 in his home. He was born on June 16, 1980 in Quincy, IL the son of Larry & Sally (Marshall) Skirvin. Josh was a heavy equipment operator for Bross Construction Co. Josh was also an accomplished craftsman who manufactured his own wood stove which he sold to many people around the country. He loved being with his family & friends in the outdoors, 4 wheeler riding, being on the river and fishing. Josh's greatest love was for his daughter, Jayden Lynn Skirvin. In addition to his daughter, he is also survived by: HIS PARENTS: Larry & Sally Skirvin of Barry A BROTHER: Andy Skirvin and his wife Nikki of Liberty. A SISTER: Jenna Skirvin of the home. A SPECIAL NIECE: Bailey Skirvin. AUNTS & UNCLES: Bruce Marshall and his wife Tammy; Jim Skirvin and his wife Carol, Betty Clark, Bill Skirvin and his wife Ruth Ann, Dorothy Skirvin, Lee Skirvin, Nancy White and her husband Mike, Diana McClelland and her husband Louis and Mike Deege and his wife Donna. Numerous cousins and other relatives also survive. Josh was preceded in death by an uncle Brad Marshall and his grandparents. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy by Chaplain Richard Martin. Interment will be in the Payson New Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 PM at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home in Quincy. Memorials may be made to an Educational Fund to be established for Josh's daughter, Jayden Lynn Skirvin.
Contributed by Billie Browning

LONNIE R. SKIRVIN , 67, of rural Kampsville, died Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2012, in the emergency room of Pike County Memorial Hospital, in Louisiana, Mo. Lonnie was bom July 26, 1945 in Louisiana, Mo., a son of Charles Vinton and Frances Arlene Pritchett Skirvin. He married Faith Ann Stevenson Feb. 10, 1973, in Orion, and she survives. Lonnie was a 1964 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, where he was critically injured in battle. As a result of those injuries, he was awarded with two Purple Hearts. Lonnie was a member of the Kampsville American Legion Post #1083 and the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. He was a life long grain and livestock farmer and when he wasn't working he enjoyed hunting and attending his grandchildren's events. Survivors include his wife, Faith A. Skirvin of rural Kampsville, three children, Dena Skirvin of Pleasant Hill, Craig (Ashley) Skirvin of mral Kampsville and Ann (Shawn) Harshman of rural Hamburg, six grandchildren, Sarah, Grace, Allison, Adelyn, Ella and Landon, three sisters, Joan Myers of Louisiana, Mo.; Ruth Ellen (Evert) Poyner of Pittsfield and Beverly Yokem of Quincy, three brothers, Douglas (Dorothy) Skirvin of Clarksville, Mo, Larry (Kay) Skirvin of rural Pleasant Hill and Charles Skirvin, Jr. of rural Nebo; his father-in-law, Robert Stevenson of Orion and numerous nieces and nephews. Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Phyllis K. Skirvin, a son, Steven Ray Skirvin and mother-in-law, Emma Stevenson. Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church conducted by Pastor Sheila Kelly. Burial, with military honors, was at Crescent Hgights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation was held Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Kathy Robinson

PHYLLIS K. SKIRVIN ,53, of Pleasant Hill, formerly of Washington, D.C., died Friday evening (June 6, 1997) in her home. Miss Skirvin was born Nov. 2, 1943, in Clarksville, Mo., a daughter of Charles Vinton and Frances A. Pritchett Skirvin. A 1962 graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, Miss Skirvin had worked for 23 years as a legal secretary for the law firm of Levine and Rosenstein in Washing­ton, D.C. She retired due to ill health. She was a member of First Christian Church in Washington and enjoyed foreign travel. Survivors include her parents of Pleasant Hill; four brothers, Douglas Skirvin of Clarksville, Lonnie Skirvin of Kampsville, Larry 0Skirvin of Pleasant Hill and Charles Skirvin Jr. of Nebo; and three sisters, Joan Garrett of Pleasant Hill, Ruth Ellen Poyner of Mazon and Beverly Yokem of Louisiana, Mo. Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Ward­Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by Eldon Cook. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Brownign from Pike Press

WILLIAM SKIRVIN , 88, of Louisiana and formerly of Clarksville, died March 22, 2006, at Maple Grove Lodge Nursing Home in Louisiana. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2006 at Collier Funeral Home in Clarksville. The Rev. Gene Stewart will officiate. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery near Clarksville. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Skirvin was born March 2, 1918, in Hamburg, Ill., to John L. and Dena Mae Bouyea Skirvin. He was married to Alberta Peuterbaugh for 30 years. He later married Charlie Dean Walker on Dec. 1, 1972. She preceded him in death in June 1982. Survivors include one daughter, Jeanie Bass of Boone, Iowa; seven grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; and one brother, Robert Skirvin. He was preceded in death by tw128 o sons; a daughter; and three brothers.

NORM STAFF , of St. Charles, Mo., and formerly of Pittsfield, died Sunday, July 13, 2008 at his residence. He is survived by his wife Patti Durall Staff (formerly of Barry), son Michael (Jennifer) Staff of Quincy, Jennifer (Vincent) Sapp, Kelly (Romulo) Aquino; dear Papa of Nicholas, Luci, Jade, Romy, Gretchen and Ayden. Visitation at Church of the Shepard, 1601 Woodstone Dr., (St. Charles) Thursday, July 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. concluding with funeral service at 12:30 p.m. Interment St. John U.C.C. Cemetery (St. Charles). There will be celebration of life at the Camp Auto Museum in Chesterfield, Mo., Thursday following the services from 3-6 p.m
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

OMER WRAY STARR , 88, of 329 Rusche Ave. passed away at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1919, in Hannibal, Mo. He was one of six children born to Omer and Jessie (Kolb) Starr. Wray started farming as a young boy while managing to attend and complete his 12 years of school and graduate. Farming was his way of life until being drafted into the army for the war. During that time, he married Marjorie Florine Blair on May 29, 1941, in New Mexico, Mo. She survives. They had been married for 67 years. Also surviving are two daughters, Twila (Jim) Caraway of Creve Coeur and Teresa Langan of Peoria; two sons, Greg (Christina) Starr of Congerville and Wayne Starr of Creve Coeur; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Eileen Waite of Louisiana, Mo. When Wray came to Peoria, he was hired by Caterpillar, Inc. as a welder. He retired after 31 years of service. During this time, he worked part time farming in the Eureka and Washington areas. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. Wray was a devoted husband and a great dad. He never met a stranger and would do anything he could to help anybody. He was quite the character; quick witted, he had a great sense of humor, loved many people. He could tell you true stories of his life that should have been made into a book. He and his wife attended church at East Peoria Church of Christ for many years. Wray will be deeply missed by many. His graveside funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Parklawn Cemetery in Barry, Ill., where military rites will be provided by the United States Army and the Barry American Legion Post 222. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Creve Coeur Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to East Peoria Church of Christ, 520 Arnold Road, East Peoria, IL 61611; or to the American Cancer Society, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

CORNELIA B. (PETERSON) STARKS one of Barry's most widely known women, died at her home in the northeast part of town at 2:00 o'clock Thursday morning after a week's illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Starks was taken critically ill and at no time did she show any improvement. Cora Peterson, daughter of Benjamin and Bethalinda Peterson, was born March 20 1846, near Barry, Illinois, where she spent her entire life, except two years in Kansas. She celebrated her 82nd birthday last month. On May 5, 1874 she was united in marriage to Williamson Starks, who preceded her in death on December 26, 1880. To this union six children were born, namely: Jessie M. who died in 1881; Mrs. Goldie Curliss of Sycamore, Kansas; Mrs. Myrtle Parrack of Barry; Frank of Springfield; Charles of Sycamore, Kansas, and Ben at home, who has always lived at home and cared for his mother. She also mothered four stepchildren and one of her grandchildren for 14 years. She united with the Dunkard church when a small girl and later became a member of the First Christian church and has been a faithful worker, always ready and willing to help in sickness and among any who needed love and sympathy. Mrs. Starks was one of a family of fourteen children, of which only four survive. They are Matthew Peterson, of Chicago, Frank and Bruce Peterson and Mrs. Mattie Smith, all of Barry. She also leaves seventeen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of loving friends. When Mrs. Starks enjoyed her health she was an active member in the Woman's Relief Corps. The funeral services were held from the First Christian church at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon, April 21, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Chester A. Jacobs. Burial was made in Park Lawn cemetery. Those from a distance who were here to attend the funeral were: Frank Starks of Springfield, Ill., Charlie Starks of Sycamore, Kansas, George Starks and wife of Valley City, Mrs. Goldie Curliss and two sons of Sycamore, Kansas, Will Hall, wife and daughter of Griggsville, Ill, Louis Grammer, wife and two sons of Decatur, Ill., Mrs. Carl Gorton, Mrs. Wendall Gorton, Mrs. Della Arnold and daughters, Dorothy and Glenna, Mrs. Bessie Bradshaw and Mrs. Flossie Boulware all of Quincy; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Haskins and two children of Plainville, Bernard Winner and son of Jacksonville; Mrs. Rufus Winner and daughter of Jacksonville, Ill.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Barry nsp., Wed. 25 Apr 1928]

LEWIS A. STEARNS for 58 years a resident of Barry, died at his home in this city Monday morning, about four o'clock, following a short illness. Mr Stearns had no doubt been in failing health longer than he made it known to his immediate family. Two months ago it was known that he was suffering from some trouble with his throat and he was taken to a specialist in Quincy. He had been confined to his bed only about three weeks. Lewis Adelbert Stearns was born in Leonardsville, New York, on Feb 2, 1846, came to Illinois in 1866 and located in Barry. In 1868 he was married to Alice Power, a native of Marietta, Ohio who was in Illinois at that time. After their marriage they continued to make this city their home. Mr and Mrs. Stearns were parents of four children, three of whom survive. The living are Mrs. Ora A. Palmer,Henrietta, Texas; Bessie Strubinger, Pittsfield RFD; HA Stearns, Poplar Bluff, Mo. Mrs. Strubinger lived with her father until after her marriage a few years ago and since then he has lived alone. Mrs. Strubinger would come home frequently and stay several days at a time with her father and care for him. He could have had a home with any of his children, but he preferred to stay alone in his home he loved so well. He was contented and happy when among his old friends. he was loved by every child in the neighborhood as he always made a fuss over the little ones. Every day Mr. Stearns would walk down town and spend hours talking with his friends. he was a pleasant, kind hearted man, with a good word for everyone and a merry greeting to all. In 1866 Mr. Stearns opened a butcher shop, associated with George Brown and the business continued until 1893. He was widely known as a fair and honest man. Mr. Stearns was greatly attached to his home. he loved his children and was an indulgent father and in turn his children loved him. Mrs. Palmer was called from her home in Texas and together with Mrs. Strubinger, have been caring for him. The son, H. A. Stearns, also came and was here for a few days, but account of urgent business was compelled to return home. He came back to attend the funeral. Mrs. Stearns preceded her husband in death about thirty years ago and with exception of his three children there are very few of his near relatives surviving. Funeral services will be held from the family home at three o'clock this Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. T. Elmer Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Barry. Internment will be made in the Barry Cemetery.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge -Barry Adage Obituary November 26, 1924, Barry, Illinois for November 24, 1924

SOPHIA ALICE (POWERS) STEARNS was born at French Grant, Scioto County, Ohio June 12, 1848. She was married to LA Stearns May 26, 1848. To them was born four children, three of whom survive her. She departed this life, June 11, 1894. Had she lived until today she would have been 46 years old. The funeral services of Mrs. Stearns was conducted at the family home by Rev. McElfresh Tuesday afternoon.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - Barry Adage June 13, 1894 Obituary, Barry, Illinois for June 12, 1894

OLIVER MILTON STEFFA , 93, of Pittsfield died Saturday, July 12, 2008, at Eastside Care Center in Pittsfield. He was born Aug. 4, 1914 in Humboldt, Iowa the son of the late John Milton and Lizzie Myers Steffa He married Dorothy McCallum Zeilinger Aug. 31, 1945 in Sommerville, Mass. She preceded him in death in 2006, also preceding him in death were four sisters, Hazel Birnbaumer, Mary Huss, Edith Farmer, Geneva Kaufman, and a brother, Clarence Steffa. Mr. Steffa was a 1933 graduate of Renwick High School. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps 1934-35. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1936 and served until 1956 retiring as a Chief Petty Officer and chief Boilerman. He served aboard the USS Tuscaloosa, Baltimore, Columbus, Rochester, Albany, Dortch. In 1944 while aboard the USS Baltimore in Juneau, Alaska, he was honored to be able to fish with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After fishing the President gave his fishing pole to Mr. Steffa. After retiring from the Navy in 1956 he was employed by Corn Belt Power Company in Humboldt, Iowa, and then in 1966 with Western Illinois Power Coop as assistant plant superintendent. He retired in 1980 as plant superintendent. His memberships included Pittsfield American Legion, Retired Enlisted Assoc. Fleet Reserve Assoc. a Plank owner at the Navy Memorial, Founders Registry Member of FDR Memorial, and Charter Member of the National WWII Memorial all in Washington, DC He enjoyed bowling and gardening. Surviving is a son, Robert Steffa of Springfield; two daughterss Becky Steffa of Hannibal and Roberta (husband Randy) Shoemaker of Griggsville; and one grandson, Tony DeJaynes of Springfield. Funeral services were held at 11 am Tuesday July 15 at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. The family met with friends from 10 am until the time of the service Tuesday
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

ELLA LEE STERNE , 78, of Louisiana, Mo. died June 13, 2008, at her home. She was born Feb. 14, 1930 in Adams County to Harry E. and Dollie E. (Wagy) Deitert. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Louisiana. Survivors include David Sterne, husband, Louisiana; a daughter, Susan Whitaker and husband Mike, Bowling Green, Mo.; a son Rick Williams and wife Jackie, Rockport; a son, Charles David Sterne and wife Glenda, Arlington, Texas; a daughter, Cara Wendel and husband Kevin, Oak Grove, Mo.; a son, Harold Stern and wife Jackie, Moreno Valley, Calif.; a son, Darryl Sterne and wife Linda, Mesquite, Texas; a sister, Mary Dolbeare, Barry; 22 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; mother-in-law and close friend, Pat Sterne, Louisiana; three brother-in-laws and two sisters-in-laws. Preceded in death by her parents, sister Helen Malone and sister Thelma Bainter. Visitation was held Tuesday June 17, at Sterne Funeral Home, Louisiana. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18, at the First Christian Church, Louisiana, with burial at the Riverview Cemetery, Louisiana, with Rev. Gail Aurand and Rev. Al boatman officiating. Pallbearers were John Wood, James Coleman, Dustin Brown, Brandon Brown, Harold Sterne II, Gene Sterne and Evan Hamilton. Memorials are to the Pike County Home Health and Hospice or First Christian Church, Louisiana, MO. Donations may be sent to the Sterne Funeral Home, 106 N. 3rd., Louisiana, MO 63353.
Contributed by Billie Browning

CURTIS A. STEWARD , 59, of Pittsfield, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at the Illini Community Hospital Emergency Room, Pittsfield. He was born Feb. 4, 1950, in Hamburg, a son to Sylvester and Helen Blackorby Steward. He married Naomia L. Wannick May 22, 1970 in Jerseyville, and she survives. He worked for the Barry Community Care Center as a CNA and at County Market in Pittsfield. Curtis attended the Nazarene Church and the Assembly of God Church in Pearl. He enjoyed assembling model cars, fishing, tinkering with automobiles and spending time with grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Naomia; one son, Curtis A. Steward of Connecticut; three daughters, Nancy Swartz of Chamois, Mo., Sandy (Mike) Piper of Pittsfield and Amanda Steward of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Wayne Steward, Brighton; six sisters, Dorothy Steward, Carbondale, Marie McFarland, East Peoria, Doris Moore, Pekin, Ruthie Steward, Bloomington, Margaret (David) Ringhausen, Hardin and Patty Sue (Bill) Holland, Carbondale; and 12 grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2, at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Cremation rites will be accorded per his wishes.
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pike Press

HARVEY MONROE STEWART , age 77, of Milton, formerly of Alton and White Hall, died Monday, June 30, 2008 at his residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1931 in Hillview, son of Walter Monroe and Harriett Sorrells Stewart. He married Lavina Cummings in 1971 at Alton and she preceded him in death in May of 1995. He had four children from a previous marriage, Johnny Wayne (wife Lois ) Stewart and Judy Ann (husband Lawrence) Lane, both of Pearl, Anna Mae (husband Ray) Weaver of Springfield, and a daughter who preceded him in death, Loveda Holly. Also surviving is his step-mother, Ethel Mae Stewart of Milton, grandchildren; J.W. Stewart, Tim and Ben Brecker, Christopher and Leanna Telkamp, Amy and Theresa Holly, and a sister Freida June (husband Wesley) Lewis of Alton. He was preceded in death by sisters Virginia Stepp, Leota Shank, and Norma Johnson. Mr. Stewart was a truck driver for Trans Petrol Trucking in Madison County for many years. He loved fishing, camping, and country music, and was an accomplished pool player, winning many trophies through the years. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, 2008 at Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in White Hall with burial in White Hall Cemetery.
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LYDIA ALLEAN (WESTLEY) STEWART - Services for Lydia Allean Stewart, 68, of rural Pearl IL were held Saturday, May 16, at the Scott Mortuary in Pittsfield. The Rev. John C. Wilke, paster of the United Methodist Church, was the minister. Burial was in the Douglas Cemetery at Milton IL. Mrs. Stewart died Wednesday evening May 13, 1981 in Illini Community Hospital at Pittsfield. She was born Dec. 25, 1912 in Eolia, a daughter of Gilbert Wesley and Emily Kathryn (Inlow) Tolbert. She married John Stewart in Bowling Green, April 16, 1930 and he survives at the home. She is also survived by four daughters, Ella Brooks, Carolyn Sue Splain, both of Pittsfield, Janet Forrester of Rolla and Robert Weaver of Louisiana; four sons, Gilbert Stewart of Marble Hill MO, Edmond Wesley Stewart of Urbana IL, Edward Stewart of Birdsboro PA and Jessie D. Stewart of Cahokia IL; 28 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; a brother Noah Tolbert of Louisiana; and two sisters, Bertha Reese of Carlinville IL and Anna Inlow of Louisiana. Mrs. Stewart was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were Clifford JOnes, Robert Jones, Lavern Helm, Otis Haskins Sr., Murl Walston and Clifford Reiman.
Transcribed by Christine Walters from the Virginia Hart collection.

RALPH STEWART , 86, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand View Funeral Home in Hannibal. The Rev. Steve Lake will officiate. Burial will be at Grandview Burial Park. Mr. Stewart died at 12:15 p.m. Feb 16, 1991, at the Boone County Hospital in Columbia. He was born Sept. 10, 1904, to Henry and Nellie Saxbury Stewart in Pike County, Ill. He was married to Mildred Boss on July 4, 1928. After her death, he married Helen Kirtlink Whitaker on Sept. 10, 1989, at the Salt River Christian Church. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Eugene Stewart, New London, and Thomas Stewart, Benton, La.; one daughter Sue Keifer, Brevard, N.C.; one sister, Pansy Pickett, Hannibal; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Mr. Stewart was a retired farmer. He was a member of Salt River Christian Church, the New London Masonic Lodge and a charter member of the Mark Twain Chapter Demolay. Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be John Bunn, Lee Kirtlink, Chris Stewart, Paul Keifer and John Stewart.

THERESA JEAN STEWART , 48, of rural Barry, passed away Wednesday morning May 16, 2012, at her residence. She married Herbert Eugene Stewart Jr. and he survives. She was born in Quincy, IL January 10, 1964 to Jerry Lee and Sharon Kay Vaughn Irwin. Theresa loved to go camping and taking rides on Harley motorcycles. She liked watching movies and loved spending time with her family. She also was a supporter of the Midwest Percenters. Survivors include her husband Herbert (Jay), and three daughters; Adreanna McCollum, Laurina Stewart Irwin, and Cheyenne Stewart, all of Barry. Also surviving is her mother Sharon K. Irwin of Barry and her Mother-In-Law Phyllis Nadine Stewart of Pacific, IL, along with a brother John W. Irwin and a sister Carrie Sutton, both of Barry. She is survived by 2 grandchildren, Allie Nicole Hernandez-Stewart and T.J. Dolton Lee Watkins and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends as well. Theresa was preceded in death by her father Jerry Lee Irwin and Father-In-Law Herbert Eugene Stewart, Paternal Grandparents John and Stella Irwin, Maternal Grandparents Kathirn and Glen Vaughn, 2 aunts; Doris Bowen and Betty Jackson, and 2 uncles, Glen Vaughn and Eugene Irwin. Cremation rites have been accorded and private family services will be held. Visitation was held on Friday evening, May 18, where family will meet friends from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry. Memorials may be left to the Blessing Hospice of Pike County. On-line condolences may be left at niebur@adams.net.

WES STEWART , 49 of Pittsfield, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012 at his residence in Pittsfield surrounded by family and friends. Wes was born May 30, 1963 in Pittsfield, a son of Edmond and Anita Ehrheart Stewart. He married Marsha McDonald and from that union he was blessed with two children. Wes had worked as a farm hand for Jack Brenneke, Park Lacy, John and Jack Thomas, Bob Springer, and had worked for Pittsfield Machine and Stark Brothers Nursery. He was an avid WWE Wrestling fan and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and listening to country western music. He especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his son James Wesley Stewart, Jr. of Tennessee, a daughter, Crystal Lynn Stewart of Pittsfield, a granddaughter, Jayden Nicole Coffey and his mother, Anita Dusenbery and companion, Larry Neese of Time. Additional survivors include a brother, Gilbert (Janice) Stewart of Pittsfield, a brother-in-law, Donald Savage of Jacksonville, special friends, Danny and Lorrie Guthrie, Jamie and Jessica Gwartney, nieces, nephews and four great nephews. Wes was preceded in death by his father, Edmond Wesley Stewart and a sister, Elizabeth Jane Savage. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Rev. Ron Baker officiating. Visitation will be held from 12 Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Time Cemetery. A dinner will be held at the Time Park after the interment. Memorials are suggested to be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.nieburfh.com. The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield is handling the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browning

SONNY STEWERT ,Bob "Sonny" Stewart of Gulfport MS and formerly of Pittsfield, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. A celebration of life for Sonny is Sunday, Sept. 2, 1 p.m. at Pike County senior Center, 220 W Adams St., Pittsfield. He is survived by three children, Rhodora (Gary) Pursley of Pittsfield Sam (Becky) Stewart of Ellabell, GA and Rhonda (Steve) Thiele of Pittsfield; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters; five brothers; and several nieces and lephews. Rhodora, Sam, Rhonda and family want to hear your memory of their dad and brother.
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DONALD HUBERT STICE , 69, of Kinderhook , IL died Monday, October 26th at the Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal , Mo. He was born near Winchester , IL on June 16, 1940 to William Clyde and Ona Lee Hoots Stice. He married Rozilla Hoskins in Winchester , IL on August 25, 1959 and she survives. Donald was a pipefitter and worked out of the Local 562 Plumbers and Pipefitters Union at St. Louis . He worked from the union shop for over 30 years in 3 states before retiring in 1997. Mr. Stice was also a hobby farmer, working with his brother Kenneth on their farm near Baylis , IL . He also enjoyed Country and Western music and stock car races. Donald donated his corneas after his death to help others keep their sight. Survivors include his wife Rozilla, 2 sons, William Anthony “Tony” (wife Renee) Stice of Mahtomedi, Minnesota and Donald Wayne Stice of Barry. A daughter, Ona Gayle Stice of Barry survives along with a brother, Kenneth Stice of Jacksonville , IL . Donald is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Matthew, Michelle and Dalton Stice. He was preceded in death by his parents. Graveside services will be held at the Bloomfield Cemetery in Scott County, IL at 2:00 PM on Saturday, October 31, 2009 . A visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry , IL on Saturday prior to the services. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. On-line condolences may be left at www.nieburfh.com. Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry is in charge of the arrangements.
Contributed by Billie Browing from Niebur Funeral Home

THERESA ROSETTA (ROBINSON) STICE , 78, of Winchester, died Tuesday afternoon, April 23, 2002, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. She was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Pike County, the daughter of William and Anne Darmondy Robinson. She married Cordell Lee Stice Dec. 24, 1945, and he preceded her in death in 1991. She is survived by five sons, William (wife Amy) of Chatham, George of Whitehall, Victor (wife Joann) of Roodhouse, Kevin of Roodhouse, and Ray of Winchester; five daughters, Judy (husband Ron) Hadden of Cooperstown, Rosalee (husband, Cecil) Lyons of Alsey, Joyce Roberts of Winchester, Teresa Stice of Jacksonville and Sara (husband Matt) Peterson of Divernon; 17 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, two brothers Jack (wife Helen) Robinson of Pittsfield and Joe (wife Pat) Robinson of Barry; ad several nieces and nephews. She was predeced in death by a son, Danny, and granddaughter, four brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Stice worked at Brown Shoe Co. in Pittsfield, Bound 0 Stay0Bound in Jacksonville and at the Jacksonville Developmental Center. She attended Colgate country school and Griggsville High School. She was a member of AFSCME Union local 38 and St. Mark's Church in Winchester. A funeral Mass was held Saturday at St. Mark's church in Winchester with burial at Winchester City Cemetery. Coonrod Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements with a prayer service held at 5:45 p.m. on Friday. Memorials are suggested to Diabetes Research or to St. Mark's Church.
Source: Merlin and Carolyn Stice Kitchen - Rootsweb World Connect

CARL FRED SUTTON , 73, of 3801 Horn, Alton, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 1981 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was security guard at Olin Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1970. Born in Nebo, son of the late William and Mollie (Hagen) Sutton, he married the former Morene Stevens on Nov. 7, 1931 in Pittsfield. In addition to his wife, surviving are two sons, James of South Roxana and William of Bethalto; a daughter, Shirley Kleeman of East Alton; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Flora Goltz of Alton. Visitation was held Friday at Marks Mortuary, where services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. John Wood officiating. Burial was in Valhalla Memorial Park, Godfrey, and the First Baptist Church of East Alton has been named as a memorial.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Calhoun Herald, 5 Nov 1981]

CATHERINE MARDELL (REEL) RACE SUTTON , 82, of Springfield, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at St. Johns Hospital. She was born in Newburg Township near Detroit, the daughter of Truman and Bessie Elizabeth Hoos Reel. She graduated from Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, in 1945. She then attended Western Illinois State College at Macomb, for two years. She moved to Springfield, and worked at Thrifty Drug Store prior to her marriage to James Richard Race Nov. 11, 1949. He proceeded her in death April 6, 1972. She married Jack J. Sutton, formerly of Griggsville, in Springfield, July 1, 1978. He proceeded her in death Sept. 20, 2005. Cay was employed at Sangamo Electric Company from the early 1960s until 1974. She was employed by the State of Illinois for 25 years, retiring April 1, 1999 as Systems Programming Manager for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Her daughters considered her a role model and admired her hard work and professional achievements. Cay treasured her grandchildren and all of their achievements. She had several loyal and dear friends and especially enjoyed their lunches together. Her red cardinal collection was extensive and held a place of honor in her home. Frank Sinatra was her choice in music, but she also loved Elvis. Planting and nurturing flowers was one of her enjoyments in retirement. Surviving are her two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (Race) Welch (husband, Curt) of Austin, Texas and Carolyn Leigh Race Babb (husband, Babb) of Fort Myers, Fla. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Melissa Catherine Bottomley Gillespie of Oceanside, Calif., Michael Vincent Bottomley of Las Cruces, N. M., Tyler James, Alexandra Paige and Parker Cameron Welch of Austin, Texas; There are two great grandsons, Connor James and Aidan Michael Gillespie of Oceanside, Calif,; a sister-in-law, Shirley Blackburn; two nephews, Dennis and Jeffrey, four nieces, Laura, Andrea, Paula and Linda; several great nieces and nephews and cousins. She was proceded in death by her sister, Fola Margene Kiser of Pittsfield. Funeral Services will be held Friday, Sept. 11, at 12 p.m. at Bisch Funeral Home West in Springfield. Visitation will be prior to the services from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning from Pike Press

DONALD EUGENE SUTTON ,87 of the Illinois Veterans Home, formerly of Barry, passed away on Saturday, March, 22, 2014 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Gene was born in Pleasant Hill Township on March 21, 1927 to Harvey Walter and Agatha Wagner Sutton. He married Beulah Wells at Palmyra MO June 2, 1947 and she preceded him in death in April of 1997. Gene was a US Army veteran serving during WWII in Italy. He had been able to go on an ‘Honor Flight’ to Washington, DC and thought it was a great experience. Gene was also a member of the Barry American Legion Post # 222. He loved to mow and mowed for the city of Barry for many years. Gene had worked for Farm and Home store in Pittsfield in the service dept. for many years before retiring. He was an avid camper and loved to garden. He attended many old Thresher shows through the years as well. He loved his kids and grandchildren and loved spending time with them, along with his faithful dog Amy. Survivors include 3 sons; Michael (wife Judi) Sutton of El Dara, John (wife Joy) Sutton of Bowling Green, MO and Gregory (wife Jeanne) Sutton of Barry. 4 grandchildren survive; Mitch Sutton of Barry, Theo (wife Sarah) Sutton of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Samantha and Nate Sutton of Springfield, IL, also 4 step grandchildren, Christina Doyle, Aaron (Dee) Fairchild, Justin (Jennifer) Fairchild, and Brittany Fairchild. Surviving is a sister-in-law Violet Sutton of Pittsfield. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beulah, 4 brothers; Raymond, William, Russell and Lyndel along with a sister Bertha Forshey. Funeral services will be held on Thursday March 27, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with Jimmy Hodges officiating. Entombment will be at the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum with military rites by the Barry American Legion Post #222. A visitation will be held on Thursday morning from 9-11 AM at the funeral home.
Contributed by Bill Browning - Pike Press

DOTTIE (HARPER) SUTTON ,102, Pleasant Hill’s oldest citizen, died Friday, June 5, 1992 in the Pleasant Hill Nursing Center. Born Sept. 6, 1889 near Pleasant Hill, Mrs. Sutton was a daughter of Henry and Anna Lee Galloway Harper. She married Louis A. Sutton Oct. 29, 1908. He died Sept. 18, 1971. Mrs. Sutton was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Survivors include three daughters, Hazel Franklin of Nebo, Dorothy Zimmer of New Berlin and Iretta Weir of Pleasant Hill; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sutton was preceded in death by one son, Frank Sutton; three daughters, Beatrice and Bernice Sutton and June Goodin; one infant grandson; and one great-great-grandson, Jon Hobbs. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home by Brother David Ford. Burial was in Crescent Heights Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Mason Cemetery near Nebo.
Submitted to Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

FRANCIS S. SUTTON , 103, of Pleasant Hill, the oldest resident of Pike County died Sunday (Jan. 14, 1963) at 5:30 p.m. in Illini Hospital at Pittsfield. Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Ward funeral chapel with the Rev. Joe Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Crescent Hts. cemetery. Mr. Sutton was aborn at Pleasant Hill, June 23, 1864, a son of Stephen F. and Martha Jane Crews. He was a charter member of the Church of Christ at Pleasant Hill. He retired in 1936 after working 48 years as a section foreman for the Chicago and Alton RR. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance Employes. He married Mary Caselander Wells May 29, 1890. She died in 1954. Surviving are two sons, Pearl L. Sutton of Esocndido CA and Evans A. Sutton of Bridgeport NE; a daughter Mrs. Darlene Taylor, at home; seven children and nine great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Billie Browning

FRANK SUTTON , 79, of Pleasant Hill Route 1, died at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 12, 1992) in the emergency room of Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Born Feb. 19, 1912, in Nebo, Mr. Sutton was a son of Louis A. and Dottie E. Harper Sutton. He married Dot N. Gant Dec. 16, 1933, in Pittsfield. She survives. A longtime farmer, Mr. Sutton was a member of Nebo Baptist Church and the Athletic Booster ?? (a section on the right hand side was overlapped by another article). Survivors also include his mother of Pleasant Hill; a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Carol Ann) Ward of Pleasant Hill; three sisters, Hazel Franklin of Nebo, Iretta Weir of Pleasant Hill and Dorothy Zimmer of Berlin; four grandchildren; ?? great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Services will be conducted at ?? a.m. Saturday in the Lurr?? Bennett Funeral Home by the Bro. Dale Goers. Burial will be in Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-?? p.m. Friday with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 p. in the funeral home in Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to New Hartford Christian church or Shiloh Chr?? Children’s Ranch.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

HATTIE A. (NEESE) SUTTON ,84, formerly of Pleasant Hill, a retired home health care curse, died at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday (April 21, 1993) in the Calhoun Care Center in Hardin. Born Jan. 3, 1909, near Nebo, Mrs. Sutton was a daughter of George F. and Virginia Hemphill Neese. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. On June 18, 1932, she married Everett Sutton in Nebo. He died Dec. 17, 1967. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Harpole and Alice Crowder; and three brothers, Edwin, George and Ray E. Neese. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Tony (Virginia A.) Steinberg of Nebo; a brothers, Felix A. Neese of Nebo; a grandson Lars Bruhn of Copenhagen, Denmark; three great-grandchildren; and three nieces raised in the Sutton home, Marilyn Wright of Pleasant Hill, Bonna J. Prater of Nebo and Linda Haines of St. Augustine, Fla. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church by Brother David Ford. Burial will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Ambulance Unit or Crescent Heights Cemetery.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

IRA SUTTON , 82, of Barry died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo. He was born Jan. 25, 1927 in New Canton to Albert Lee and Leona Pelican Sutton. He married Frances Schnepf, March 21, 1950 and she preceded him in death Jan. 30, 2005. Ira worked nearly 60 years on his parent's farm raising grain and livestock. He also worked at the Barry feed mill for a number of years and when he was younger he delivered coal in town. Mr. Sutton served in US Army during WWII. He loved talking to people, mushroom hunting and going to auctions. Survivors include two sons, Walter (wife Carrie) and David Sutton, all of Barry; a daughter, Marilyn (husband James) Behrensmeyer of Rockford; six grandchildren, Misty (husband Nathan) Blackorby of Quincy, Mathew, Adam and Kayla Sutton of Barry and Timothy and Christopher Behrensmeyer of Rockford; one great-granddaughter, Gabriella Blackorby of Quincy; two sisters, Bonnie (husband Dana) Newell of Blue Springs, Mo. and Donna Proffitt Robinson of Grand Prairie, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Frances, a son Gary; one brother, Nathan Sutton; and three sisters, Alice Hastings Bradshaw, Maxine Schnepf and Sadie White. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Niebur Funeral Chapel in Barry with John Furniss officiating. Visitation was held Monday evening from 5 - 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel. Burial was at Park Lawn Cemetery following the services with graveside military rites by the Barry American Legion Post 222
Contributed by Billie Browning

JACK O. SUTTON , 69, of Pittsfield, died at 7:15 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 23, 1993) in the Barry Community Care Center in Barry. Born Aug. 15, 1924, in Williamsfield, Mr. Sutton was a son of Stephen A. and Gladys Ober­holtzer Sutton. He married Vita M. Winner March 18, 1946, in Pittsfield. She survives. Mr. Sutton was an over-the-road truck driver for Spector before his retirement. He was a Navy vet­eran of World War II and was a member of Pittsfield American Legion Post 15 and First United Methodist Church, where he had been an usher and greeter and Samaritan Sunday School Class. He was a 1942 graduate of Pitts­field High School. Survivors also include two sons, Stephen C. of Pocettello, Idaho, and James D. of Gladstone, Mo.; two daughters, Mrs. Eldon (Donna) Bergeson of Dodge City, Kan., and Mrs. Roger (Carol) Mathes of Arlington, Texas; a sis­ter, Janis Norris of Pittsfield; 10 grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Neese; and a stepgranddaughter, Cheryl. Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield by the Rev. John McIntosh. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 152 will be in Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held tonight with family meeting friends 6-8 tonight in the Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield or Barry Community Center's Acti­vity Department.
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves

JESSIE BEATRICE SUTTON , oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Sutton, was born in Pleasant Hill Township June 30, 1909, and departed from this life July 19, 1945, having reached the age of thirty-six years and nineteen days. Bea attended the Nebo High School and graduated with the Class of 1927. The following year she attended Western Illinois State Teacher’s College to prepare for the teaching profession, in which she spent twelve and one half years. A little more than five years ago Bea noticed that her health was beginning to fail. All available means of recovery were used by the patient and her family to no avail, for she became an invalid four and one-half years ago. During the second year of her illness, she became blind. Through all the years of illness and confinement there was never a word of complaint or disposition of question the providence of God. When Bea was sixteen years of age an important event took place in her life, for in that year she was definitely and beautifully converted to Christ in the Nebo Baptist Church and became a devout Christian. A few years later she transferred her membership to the Church of the Nazarene. All through the years, her devotion to God, loyalty to her Church, and love for her family were unchanged. Bea leaves, to mourn her passing, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sutton and four sisters, Mrs. Carvel Franklin of Nebo, June, Dorothy and Mrs. Paul Weir of Pleasant Hill, and one brother, Frank, also one sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law, a grandmother, Mrs. Annie Scranton and three nieces Carol Ann Sutton, Janet Sue Franklin and Sara Beth Weir, and many relatives and friends. A sister, Bernice, preceded her in death. The patience, courage, and Christian fortitude with which Bea met her loss of health was an inspiration to relatives and friends. Never in the records of human affair, has a person shown a more beautiful Christian spirit, both through the years as a student and teacher, and in years of illness and suffering. During the last year, Beatrice learned to read the Bible in Braille. Whole chapters were memorized by this method of reading. Though her hands were detained from their accustomed tasks, her mind remained creative and active. Within the last two years, she was inspired to compose several poems. The following poem is indicative of her faith in God and certainly of ultimate triumph.
My Pilot
As I sail life’s troubled sea I want my Savior to pilot me
I know that I am unable alone To make the voyage to my Heavenly Home.
When the strong winds fiercely blow, Tossing my ship to and fro,
Making the waves dash very high, It is good to know that He is nigh.
Though lightning flash and thunder roar, And I am far from shore,
There is a calm within my soul As the tempest wild about me roll.
I cannot see what lies ahead Still in my heart there is no dread.
Since Jesus is my Pilot and guide I’ll trust in Him what e’er betide.
It is a blessed thought to know As to my Heavenly home I go,
That He will safely pilot me To that fair port where no tempest shall be.
Rev. Ernest Rice was in charge of the funeral services in the Church of the Nazarene in Nebo, July 22, 1945. Pallbearers were William Henry, Floyd Ewers, Sidney Draper and Ross Harpole. The beautiful profusion of flowers were carried by Cherie and Madge Henry, Twila Ewers, and Mary Lou Harpole.
Submitted from Fannie Guthrie Buchanan’s scrapbook by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas.

LOUIS GILBERT SUTTON , 82, died in Missouri Pacific hospital in St. Louis, Friday, July 13 at 7:45 a.m. He was born at Pleasant Hill in Nov. 16, 1873, a son of Stephen and Martha Jane Clews. He was employed as a section hand for Chicago and Alton railroad at Pleasant Hill for several years, and later was a flagman for the railroad in Jacksonville until he retired and returned to Pleasant Hill. He suffered a heart attack at his home north of Pleasant Hill, July 1, and was admitted to the hospital on that date. He was a member of the Baptist Church in Nebo. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Louie McCrary, of Pleasant Hill; a brother, F. S. Sutton, age 92, of Pleasant Hill; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Baptist Church in Pleasant Hill, Sunday afternoon at 2, with Rev. Andrew Smith of Mehlville, Mo., in charge. Burial was in Crescent Heights cemetery at Pleasant Hill.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [family clipping from Lewis McCrary]

LYNDELL D. SUTTON , 59, of Barry, a former Pike County deputy sheriff, died at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 25, 1992) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Born May 12, 1933, in Kin­derhook, Mr. Sutton was a son of Harvey W. and Sarah A. Wagner Sutton. A member of Barry American Legion Post 222, he was a 19-year member of the Barry Volunteer Fire Department and past treasurer of the Barry Lions Club. He was one of the organiz­ers of the first Barry Apple Fes­tival and was honored as grand marshal of the 1988 Barry Apple Festival. A former Pike County deputy sheriff, he had been a bus driver for Barry School District for 15 years, was Barry Township road commissioner until his res­ignation due to his illness, was a member of Barry Church of Christ and sexton of Park Lawn Cemetery. On May 12, 1955, he married Violet McDannald in Pittsfield. She survives. Survivors also include two sons, Rodger of Griggsville and Randy of Durham, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. Rusty (Patti) Ruble of Pittsfield; two brothers, Russell and Gene, both of Barry; a sister, Mrs. Ken­neth (Bertha) Forshey of Barry; and 12 grandchildren, including Billy Sutton, who is being reared in the home. He was preceded in death by a sister and three broth­ers. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kirgan Fu­neral Home in Barry. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pike County Hospice or the family.
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Transcribed by Rosemary Reeves

NARCIE E. (HARTSOCK) SUTTON , 89, of Pleasant Hill, died at 7:25 p.m. Friday (Jan. 13, 1995) in Clarkston Court Nursing Home in Pittsfield. Mrs. Sutton was born Oct. 19, 1905, in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of William and Famie Fast Hartsock. She married Louis Sutton Nov. 25, 1922, in Pleasant Hill. He died in 1954. Mrs. Sutton was a homemaker. She attended Pleasant Hill Christian Church. She enjoyed sewing and was an avid reader. Survivors include a son, Hurley Scott of East Moline; two daughters, Louise Moffit Thrasher of Pittsfield and Nancy Hilgedick of Citrus Heights, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Junior Moffit of Nebo, Bruce Sutton of Champaign, Joe Ballard of Spokane, Wash., Greg Sutton of Port Byron, Mark Sutton and Denice Murray, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Dan Sutton of Granite Bay, Calif., Steve Sutton of Honolulu, Hawaii, Mike Sutton of Aurora, and Sue Gloeckle and Mona Anderson, both of Citrus Heights; 23 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lovetta Sealock Crockett of Nebo. Mrs. Sutton was preceded in death by a son, Errol Lynn Sutton; and a sister, Alma Rowley. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Ward-Lummis Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill by the Rev. John Bush. Burial will be in the Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Visitation will be held from noon until time of services Wednesday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Submitted by Kathy Robinson and Carolyne Conner Puskas

NEAL ELMER SUTTON , was born at the Old Home Stead north of Nebo, in Pleasant Hill Township, Pike County, Ill. November 1st, 1878. He was the son of Wm. M. Sutton and America Gipson Sutton, who settled at this place at the beginning of their married life and remained there their entire natural life. He grew to manhood in this vicinity, attending the country school and working on the farm with his father. He early showed his adaptation to the business of farming, and purchased the farm now known as the Witbus place, but later sold it and in 1907 purchased the Scranton farm where he remained the balance of his life. He was married to Daisy McLain Oct. 16th, 1901, and to this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Leota Harpole and Mrs. Sidney Draper. His wife departed this life October 20th, 1905, leaving him alone with their two daughters, to whom he became both mother and father, and with the aid of his mother, he cared for them tenderly and reared them to become useful, intelligent and industrious girls. On Oct. 4th, 1910, he married Nellie Greenstreet and they went to house keeping on the Scranton farm where they established a home that is known far and wide for its warm hospitality and wholesome neighborliness.
(Copied from Fannie Buchanan's scrapbook by Kenneth Conner.) Submitted by Carolyne Conner Puskas

ORETTA (STEVENS) SUTTON , daughter of John and Edna Smith Stevens, was born near Nebo, Ill., May 18, 1875. Early in life she united with the Baptist church of Nebo and remained a member of that church until her death. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Sutton May 5, 1896. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Louie McCrary of Pleasant Hill, and Mrs. Jessie Silvernail, who preceded her in death in 1927. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Louie McCrary of Pleasant Hill, six grand children, Paul and Glenn of Pleasant Hill, Lewis, Elsie and Flossie of Alton and Mrs. Robert Mallicoat of Winston Salem, North Carolina; two great grand children; five nieces, two nephews and a host of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Oretta died 30 Dec 1951; family clipping from Lewis McCrary.]

SARAH A. (WAGNER) SUTTON , 90, of Barry died at 3:37 p.m. Tues. (March 15, 1988) in Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield. Mrs. Sutton was born October 27, in Pleasant Hill, a daughter of William and Sarah Klice Wagner. She married Harvey W. Sutton December 24, 1914, in Pittsfield. He died in February 1946. Mrs. Sutton was a member of the Barry Church of Christ. She was a baby sitter, and had worked for Heckenkamp's Greenhouse in Quincy. She also did washing and ironing for several years. Survivors include a daughter Mrs. Kenneth (Bertha) Forshey of Barry; three sons, Russell, Gene and Lyndell Sutton, all of Barry; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Martin of New Hartford and Mrs. Eather (Virginia) Alexander of Louisiana, Mo,; 15 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by a daughter, three sons, four sisters and a brother. Services were conducted...Saturday in Kirgan and McNabb Funeral Home in Barry. Burial was in Crescent Hights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill. Memorials may be made to the Pittsfield Nursing Center, or to Friends for Kidneys in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [The Paper, Barry, 23 Mar 1888]

STEPHEN F. SUTTON , was born in Cumberland County KY July 28, 1834 and departed this life February 2, 1920 at the ripe old age of 85 years, 6 months and four days. He came to Illinois in the year 1852 - with his uncle, Nathan Stone with whom he made his home. His life was spent within two miels of where he died. He united in marriage toMartha Crews and to this union were born nine children - four with their mother preceeding him in death. He at one time was a member of the Baptist church in Pleasant Hill. Uncle Steve, as he was known by all, a very humble life, was a good neighbor, a loving husband and a kind and affectionate father. He was honored by all who knew him. He leaves to mourn his loss, 5 children, Mary Morgan ofIndiand, Jennie Reeves, Frances, Harvey and Gilbert all of this place and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral was held at the home, .. E. Galloway officiating. The cremains were .. in the Pleasant Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Billie Browning

VELMA (TURNER) SUTTON , 86, died Thursday at the Fountain Court Care Center in Hannibal, MO. She was the daughter of Joe and Nina Mixer Turner and attended several country schools. She married Russel E. Sutton on Oct. 12, 1935, in Pittsfield. He died Jan. 17, 2002 Velma and her husband owned and operated the Barry food Locker and later the Westren Auto Store from which she retired. They had one daughter, two grandsons, three granddaughters and eleven great-grandchildren.

BRENDA PATRICIA SWANK , 60, of Verona, died March 2, 2008 at her home. Mrs. Swank was born May 20, 1947, in Hannibal. She was a registered nurse at Aurora Nursing Center and attended the Church of Christ in Monett. She married Robert Swank, and he preceded her in death January 6, 2008. Survivors include two sons, Anthony Buck of Brussels, Illinois, and David Buck of Verona; her mother, Hazel Patton Brooks Morriss of Hannibal; one brother, David Brooks of Hannibal; one sister, Kathy Brooks of Hannibal; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Brooks. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Church of Christ in Hannibal with Rodger Lane Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Greenpond Cemetery in Pearl, Illinois, under the direction of James O'Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal. Memorial service will be 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Church of Christ in Monett.

JAMES SYKES - Word reached here yesterday by telegraph of the death of Dr. James Sykes at Mercedes, Tex., Thursday night, whither he and his wife went recently, as has been his wont for several winters, to look after his rice crop. The body will arrive here Monday and the funeral will take place at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, presumably at the family residence in Beverly.The report of Dr. Sykes' death was published in yesterday's Journal but at that time no particulars had been received. He was one of the best known men in the county and was well acquainted here in Quincy, where he had hosts of friends. He was a physician of prominence in this community for many years and a citizen who always stood high in the estimation of his associates. He had not been engaged in active practice of his profession for the past several years, and had spent his time in looking after his land interests, of which he had considerable in Texas and Minnesota.He was a member of the Kingston lodge of Masons, and Emmet Howard of this city will have charge of the burial rites, which will be attended by a number of his Quincy friends.Dr. Sykes had been fortunate in accumulating a goodly portion of this world's goods, but his finances were sadly crippled by the failure about two years ago of the Exchange bank at Barry, when he took it upon himself to make good a shortage of something like $90,000. His earnest and skillful management of the bank's affairs resulted in his saving thousands of dollars to the community, and reducing his own loss to something like $30,000.The deceased was born in this county, May 22, 1844, and became interested in the study of medicine at an early age. May 21, 1864, he graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, being then but 20 years old. He was immediately commissioned surgeon in the army of the Cumberland. After serving two years in the South he was transferred to Custer's cavalry and served one year in the campaigns against the Indians on the plains, and was finally mustered out at Fort Dodge, Iowa, March 1, 1868.He then returned to Beverly, where he began to practice medicine, and there he had lived ever since. He was married to Miss Helen H. Godfrey in 1872 and they had four children, Mary, Eliza, Howard and Helen.
Contributed by Margaret Rutledge - The Quincy Daily Journal Saturday March 5, 1910 page 12