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Obituary for Margaret "Net" "Nettie" Jeanette Arthur Thompson
Rushville Times, 1946
Margaret Jeanette Arthur Thompson
Mrs. W. J. Thompson Passed Away at Her Home Sunday
  Death came quietly on Sunday morning to Mrs. Margaret Thompson, wife of William J. Thompson, at their home on South Liberty street, thus ending a long and useful life, the last 30 years of which she lived in this city.
  Mrs. Thompson had been in ill health for several months, but continued to enjoy the associations of her large family up to the last. She was looking forward to Sunday, November 10, when she and her husband would have been privileged to observe their 65th wedding anniversary.
  Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock, at the First Medthodist church, conducted by Rev. T. W. Rippy, assisted by Rev. H. S. Crede and Rev. Frank J. Rider of Rushville. Interment was in Jonte cemetery.
  Margaret Jeanette Arthur was born to Abraham and Margaret Ann (Hegeman) Arthur on September 24, 1862, on the home farm near Scottsburg, McDonough county, Illinois. Her father enlisted in the Union army when she was three years old. Her oldest brother of 17, the main support of the family, died during the father's absence. Life was rugged.
  "Nettie" Arthur, as she was known, attended the Walnut Grove school and entered into the school and social life of her day. She grew into robust womanhood on the home farm by doing her full share of the creative work there.
  On November 10, 1881, Margaret Jeanette had her romance come true and was married to William J. Thompson. She was 19 and he was 23. They established their home in a log house adjacent to Fey school in the Sugar Grove neighborhood in Woodstock township. With native strength, industry, thrift, and foresight, they prospered and built up a nice country home with good buildings, livestock, and equipment.
  Eleven healthy children came to bless this pioneer home. It became a community institution, where the hungry were fed, the distressed comforted, and the young inspired. The cookie jar was always filled.
Marvin Chapel, a nice little country church, was built nearby, and Mother Thompson became a supporting member. She played the organ for church, Sunday school and revival meetings. She helped to train the children for Christmas Children's day, and other programs.
  In cases of illness in the community she could always be counted on for neighborly help in any way needed, whether it be to nurse the sick, comfort the dying, close their eyes in death, or sing at their funeral. It was in these ministrations that she became well acquainted with a former pastor who conducted her funeral Wednesday.
  "Aunt Net" not only ministered to the spiritual needs of the community and the physical necessities of her own large family, but found time during her more active years to take an energetic part in the farm and home organizations of her day. She was a member of the local Woodstock Grange, where she usually filled some office with ability and dignity. She was elected of the office of Worthy Master of the County Grange - the highest office in the gift of that organization.
  After about 30 years of creative farm life, "Aunt Net", as most everybody knew her, retired to the house at 212 South Liberty street in Rushville for better educational facilities for the younger children. Here the "Heap o'livin' that makes a house a home" extended to all of her descendants, some 77 in all, who regarded it truly as a shelter and haven in life's storms. Here anniversaries and Christmas occasions were celebrated and the latchstring was always out.
  After moving to Rushville over 30 years ago, she affiliated with the Methodist church, the Eastern Star, and the Sunshine club. She was president of the large Sunday school women's class, and active in the missionary organization. Most any organization with a constructive purpose received her substantial support. In the last few years when the declining strength of over 80 years prevented her active participation in public meetings, she found much pleasure in being "at home" to her many friends and relatives.
  Father and Mother Thompson celebrated their golden wedding on November 10, 1931, with all 11 of their sturdy children present for the happy occasion. Also present were the best man and bridesmaid of 50 years before - Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Rowland. Had Mother Thompson lived one week more they would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary - a goal longed for and almost attained. She was 84 years, 1 month, and 10 days old when she passed away.
  Surviving are her husband, William J. Thompson, 88 past, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Angle of Hiawatha, Kansas, and Mrs. Catherine Mummert of Bushnell. There are eight living children: J. Arthur Thompson, Roy F. Thompson, and Walter Thompson, of Rushville; Mrs. May Armstrong of Pleasant View, Mrs. Katherine Stewart of Alpha, Mrs. Bertha Sayre of Orion, Mrs. Essie Beckner of Chicago, and Mrs. Gertrude Thurman of Rock Island. Surviving also are 23 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren - a total of 65 living direct descendants.
  Death has made deep inroads in the family circle in the past few years. Three children, Clarence J. Thompson, Mrs. Anna Burton, and Jesse D. Thompson, have recently passed on. One daughter-in-law, Mrs. Anna R. Thompson, and four sons-in-law, Winnie Eckroy, Cecil Sayre, Harly Burton and Harvey Armstrong, are deceased; also seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
  Mrs. Margaret Jeanette Thompson has served her day and two generations well, in her home, her church, and her community. "She hath done what she could" and "her works do follow her."

Obituary for Mary Jeannette Rebman Thompson
Rushville Times, January 6, 1999
  Mary Jeannette Thompson, 72, of Rushville, died Wednesday Dec. 30, 1998, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  She was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Rushville to the late George and Caroline Bradbury Rebman. She married Jimmie Thompson July 16, 1960, in Jacksonville, he died Feb. 2, 1992.
  Surviving are a son, James Craig Thompson of Rushville; two daughters, Mrs. Larry (Ramona) Tolles and Mrs. Rick (Rebecca) Heinz, both of Rushville; nine grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Rebman of Rushville; and two sisters, Harriet J. Enloe of Salem, MO and Mildred Irene Wilson of Havana.
  She was preceded in death by two brothers, George H. Rebman and James L. Rebman and one sister, Aline Logan.
  She was a former member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville.
  Services were Monday at Worthington Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Henley officiating. Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery, northeast of Rushville.
  Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital. Worthington Funeral Home of Rushville was in charge of services.
  Submitted by Carol Longwell Miller

Obituary for Rosalee A. Ross Thompson
Rushville Times, April 11, 2001, page 15, column 3
Rosalee Thompson
  Rosalee A. Thompson, 87, of Springfield, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at the Bel-Wood Nursing Home in Peoria.
  She was born Jan. 25, 1914, in Rushville to the late Winfield and Fay Strong Ross.  She married William Rozelle Thompson Aug. 14, 1937, in Rushville.
  He survives, along with two sons, W. Jack (wife Lois) Thompson of Bartonville, and Jeffrey S. (wife Darlene) Thompson of Pekin, two grandsons; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons; two great- granddaughters; one sister, Marjorie Lebkuecher of Beardstown; one brother, Winfield Ross of Ballwin, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
  She was a homemaker and served as a Sunday School teacher of children for many years.  She was also a member of the West Side Christian Church in Springfield.  A celebration of life service was held Monday, April 9 at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with her sons, Rev. Jack Thompson and Rev. Jeffrey Thompson officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bartonville Christian Church, New Hope Fellowship in East Peoria, or the American Diabetes Association.

Obituary for Velma "Lois" Lois LaMaster Thompson
Rushville Times, May 24, 2000, page 15, column 3
Velma Thompson
  Velma Lois Thompson, 85, of Rushville, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at St. John's Medical Center in Springfield.
  She was born April 5, 1915, in Schuyler County, to the late Wilson and Eva Downs LaMaster.  She married Joseph "Ike" Thompson on May 31, 1952, in Pleasant View.  He died Dec. 5, 1971.  She also was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
  Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
  She graduated from Rushville High School in 1933 and worked as a nurse's aid at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville for many years until retiring.
  Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Good Hope Cemetery northeast of Rushville with Mr. Pat Clements officiating.  Burial will follow.  Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Obituary of William Burton Thompson
Rushville Times, October 11, 1945
  William Burton Thompson, eldest son of Edward and Etheleen Kelly Thompson, was born April 2, 1886, on a farm near Rushville. His early boyhood days were spent on this farm. It was in Rushville he received his early education, and also became affiliated with the Presbyterian church.
  He was married to Bertha Agnes Cunningham, September 26, 1907. The first few years of their married live were spent in Beardstown, and they later engaged in farming. For a number of years they have resided in Hancock county, where their family was reared and educated. The most recent years of Mr. Thompson's life have found him engaged in the buying and selling of stock. His contacts were many, and he was widely known thruout this vast farming territory. He was a member of the Masonic lodge and enjoyed the fellowship of that organization.
  Mr. Thompson was very deeply concerned about the war and its outcome, and took a vital interest in all current and civic events. He was always happy at having his family near him and took an unusual pride in his grandchildren. The past year also brought a tragic sorrow into the life ot the Thompson family, since the son, Lyle, died overseas, while serving his country in the United States army. This was a great blow to the entire family, and did much to impair the health of this father, who died suddently at his home in Carthage, September 27.
  Surviving Mr. Thompson are his wife; four sons, T/5 William Edward Thompson, stationed in Germany, Pfc. Glenn Thompson who is thought to be enroute home from France; Pvt. Carroll Thompson who is stationed at Keesler Field, Miss.; and Wayne who resides in Carthage; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond Stone of Colchester, Mrs. Francis Kipling of Bushnell, and Mrs. Francis Vest of Denver; and six grandchildren, Marilyn Stone, Bobby Kipling, Donna Jeanne and Karen Thompson, and Anne, Sandra, and Ronald Vest.
  Mr. Thompson was reared in a large family, and is survived by his mother, Mrs. Etheleen Thompson, who resides in Rushville, and the following brothers, Sam of Saginaw Bay, Mich., Roy of Burlington, Iowa, Claude, Harold, Leslie, Morris and Albert, all of Rushville, and Charles who resides in Springfield; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Roudebush, of Abingdon.

Obituary for Mildred B. Vaughn Thrasher
Rushville Times, October 18, 2000, page 15, column 2
  Mildred B. Thrasher, 85, of Lewistown, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
  She was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Pleasant Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Harvey and Mary (Kruzan) Vaughn. She married Dale Thrasher Feb. 26, 1935, in Havana. He died May 29, 1976.
  She also was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.
  Surviving are one son, James Thrasher of Lewistown; one daughter, Mrs. Floyd (Patsy) Ginger of Lewistown; three granddaughters; three grandsons; 14 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Burgess of Ipava, Wilma Baker of Little America, and Ruth Barclay of Lewistown; and three brothers, Maurice "Sonny" Vaughn of Lewistown, Junior Harvey (wife Virginia) Vaughn of Brereton; and Charles (wife Martha) Vaughn of Farmington.
  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge 566 of Lewistown for over 50 years, and attended the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Lewistown. She was a cook at Lewistown High School for 16 years, retiring in 1976.
  Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 14, at Providence Cemetery with Rev. Jon Sims officiating. Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to Rebekah Lodge 566 of Lewistown.

Obituary for William "Thomas" Thomas Thurmon
Rushville Times, April 18, 2001, page 13, column 4
Thomas Thurmon
  William Thomas Thurmon, 64, of Troy, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.
  Funeral services were Saturday, April 14, at Froelich Memorial Home in Gridley.  Burial was in Hinthorn Cemetery, Lake Bloomington, rural Hudson. 
  He was born Nov. 22, 1936, in Glasgow, a son of Logan Earl and Adeline Shilling Thurmon.  He married Donna Wilson on July 27, 1957, in Meadows.  She survives.
  Also surviving are his parents of Champaign; four sons, Chris, Kyle and Jeff Thurmon, all of Fort Worth, Texas, and Daniel Thurmon of Rockford; a brother, Joe Thurmon of Champaign; and three sisters, Earline Troeger of West Redding, Conn., Deborah Hirt of Cupertino, Calif., and Paulanne Thurmon of Sausalito, Calif.
  He farmed in the Gridley area for 30 years until 1988, when he moved to Troy and became vice president of Miami Mutual Insurance Company, where he has been employed for the past 13 years.  He was a member of the Christian Church in Troy, Troy Fish and Game Club, and Delta Sigma Phi at Western Illinois University.  He was a charter member of Gridley Ambulance Squad, which he served on for eight years.

Obituary for Margaret Lutz Tidler
  After months of illness Mrs. Margaret Lutz Tidler, sister of our townman J. C. Lutz, departed this life at her home in New Market, Va., Jan. 16, 1891 aged about 65. Though she begone, her many friends and relatives of this vicinity whom she visited in the year of '76, still have fond recollection of her, and join with the husband, the only one remaining of the family, in sad bereavement.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Death Notice for John Tipton
Rushville Times, October 1961
John Tipton Death
   Monday, Mrs. Kenneth Runkle received word of the death of Mr. Runkle's uncle, John Tipton of Providence, Rhode Island. 
  Funeral services and burial will be held Thursday, October 26 in Salem, Iowa.
  He is brother of Mrs. Viola Runkle of Rushville and Misses Sadie and Myrtle Tipton of Macomb.

Obituary for Clyde A. Todd II
Rushville Times, May 16, 2001, page 7B, column 3
Clyde A. Todd
  Clyde A. Todd, 70, of Quincy, formerly of Rushville, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
  He was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Rushville, the son of Clyde A. and Lulu Boice Todd.
  He worked as a manager of a car dealership.  He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving during the Korean War.
  Survivors include one son, Bret Todd of Chatham; a daughter, Renee (husband Greg) Best of Springfield; a step-daughter, Andrea Todd of Nixa, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
  Services were Monday at All Faiths Chapel at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy, the Rev. James McCoy officiated.  Burial was in Sunset Cemetery in Quincy.

Obituary for Ila Mae Bartlow Toland
Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 13
Ila Toland
  Ila Mae Toland, 78, of Huntsville, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, in her home.
She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Huntsville Township, the daughter of Earl and Ruth (Tomlinson) Bartlow.  She married Lloyd E. "Whitey" Toland on Oct. 11, 1941, in New London, Mo.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 1991.
  She was a homemaker and a graduate of Augusta High School.  She was an active member of Huntsville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  She also served as church organist.  She was a member of the Help Each Other Club.
  She is survived by one son, Don Toland of Huntsville and two brothers, Albert Dale Bartlow of Augusta and Darwin Bartlow of Huntsville.
  She was preceded in death by a son, Gene Toland.
  Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 7, 2000, at Huntsville United Methodist Church with Rev. Kathleen Hughes and Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating.  Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta.  The Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta was in charge of services.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntsville United Methodist Church.

Obituary for Kenneth "Kenny" Raymond Toland
Quincy Herald-Whig, Quincy, Illinois, May 10, 1994
Memorial Obituary; Entered Into Eternal Rest; Monday, May 9, 1994
Kenneth R. Toland, Rushville, Illinois
  Kenneth Raymond Toland, 77, a former Rushville service station operator, died at 9:17 a.m. Monday (May 9, 1994) in Culbertson Memorial Hospital.
  Born June 19, 1916, in Brooklyn Township of Schuyler County, Mr. Toland was a son of Lawrence M. and Carrie M. Robinson Toland.  He married Geraldine Roudebush  December 16, 1937, in Palmyra, MO.  She survives.
  Mr. Toland served in the Navy during World War II and operated Toland’s Service Station for 21 years, retiring in 1980.  He then worked at Kerr Homecenter for 11 years.  He was a volunteer with the Rushville Fire Department for 26 years, Rushville Township trustee for 13 years, and was serving as Rushville Township Cemetery trustee at the time of his death.  He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4 and AmVets Post 23.
  Survivors also include a daughter, Mrs. Leo (Donna) Bollinger of Browning; two sons, Kenneth L. and Randall R., both of Rushville; three sisters, Ednes Stegner of Eaton, Colorado, Inez McVay of Aledo and Mrs. Burt (Maxine) Pace of LaVerkin, Utah; seven grand-children; and nine great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell L. Toland.
  Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville by the Rev. Wayne Bonser.  Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery.
  Visitation will be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
  Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Rushville Times, May 11, 1994
Kenneth R. Toland
  Kenneth R. Toland, 77, of 334 Mason Street, Rushville died at 9:17 a.m. Monday, May 9, 1994, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  He was born June 19, 1916, in Brooklyn Township, Schuyler County, to Lawrence M. and Carrie M. Robinson Toland.  He married Gerldine Roudebush Dec. 16, 1937, in Palmyra, Mo.
  She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Leo (Donna) Bollinger of Browning; two sons, Kenneth Lee Toland and Randall Ray Toland, both of Rushville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Stegner of Eaton, Colo., Mrs. Inez McVay of Aledo and Mrs. Burt (Maxine) Pace of LaVerkins, Utah.
  He was preceded in death by one brother, Russell L. Toland.
  He was a Navy veteran of W.W.II.  He operated Toland's Service Station 21 years, retiring in 1980 and then worked at Kerr Homecenter 11 years.  He was a Rushville volunteer fireman for 26 years, Rushville Township Trustee 13 years and at the time of his death, was a Rushville Township Cemetery Trustee.  He was a member of the Schuyler American Legion Post #4 and AmVets Post #23.
  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Wayne Bonser officiating.  Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Obituary for Leona "Gerry" Geraldine Roudebush Toland
Rushville Times, Dec. 4, 2002, Volume 154, No. 49, page 15, Photo on page.
Geraldine Toland
  Geraldine "Gerry" Toland, 82, of Rushville, died Tuesday Dec. 3, 2002, at the Snyder's Vaughn'Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born April 10, 1920, near Ray, the daughter of the late Alva and Freeda M. Montooth Roudebush.
  She married Kenneth R. Toland Dec. 16, 1937, in Palmyra, Mo. He died Mary 9, 1994.
  Surviving are a daughter, Donna Bollinger (husband Leo) of Browning; two sons, Kenneth Lee Toland (wife Joyce Sue), and Randall Ray Toland (wife Teresa) all of Rushville; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; two sister, Mrs. Louise Agans of Rushville and
Mrs Betty Bader ( husband Harold) of Morrisonville, Wisc.; and one brother, Robert Roudebush (wife Shirley) of Rushville.
  A brother, Richard Roudebush, preceded her in death.
  Gerry and her husband, Kenny, owned and operated Toland Service Station in Rushville for many years. She was the bookkeeper at the station and full time homemaker.
  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Wayne Bonser officiating. Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be made to the Culbertson  Memorial Hospital or the Cass-Schuyler  Area Hospice.

State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, December 4, 2002, Page: 13
Geraldine Toland
  Rushville - Geraldine "Gerry" Toland, 82, of Rushville died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born April 10, 1920, near Ray, the daughter of Alva and Freeda M. Montooth Roudebush. She married Kenneth R. Toland in 1937 in Palmyra, Mo.; he died in 1994.
  Mrs. Toland and her husband owned and operated Toland Service Station in Rushville for many years, where she was a bookkeeper. She was a homemaker.
  Survivors: a daughter, Donna (husband, Leo) Bollinger of Browning; two sons, Kenneth Lee (wife, Joyce Sue) and Randall Ray (wife, Teresa) Toland, both of Rushville; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Louise Agans of Rushville and Betty (husband, Harold) Bader of Morrisonville, Wis.; and a brother, Robert (wife, Shirley) Roudebush of Rushville.
  Services: 2 p.m. Friday, Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, the Rev. Wayne Bonser officiating. Burial: Rushville City Cemetery.

Obituary for Pauline Virginia Croxton Toland
Rushville Times, Jan. 12, 2000, page 11, column 3
Pauline Toland
  Pauline V. Toland, 78, of Rushville died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2000, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling.
  Born Aug. 1, 1921, in Rushville, to Murlen and Mary Virginia Phillips Croxton, she married Russel Toland on June 15, 1938, in Palmyra, Mo.  He died Aug. 25, 1977.
  She also was preceded in death by two sons, Jack Dewayne Toland and George Allen Toland, and two brothers.
  Surviving are one son, James (and Janeal) of Bailey, Colo.; three grandchildren; and eight sisters, Doris Rockwell of Quincy, Dora Miller, Helen Payne, Nancy Croxton, and Donna Boyd, all of Rushville, Alice Zaborac of Canton and Gloria (and Russell) Keller and Marylan Johnson, both of Macomb.
  She worked as a clerk at Issac School Pharmacy in Phoenix and later cooked and baked at Moredale Restaurant and the Crow's Food Restaurant, both in Bailey, Colo.
  She was a volunteer for RSVP.
  She was a member of the Church of Christ.
  Services were Friday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel.  The Rev. Rick Colbert officiated.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery
  Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or her Church.

Obituary for Dr. Benjamin C. Toler
Funeral Notice is picture
Funeral Notice
  Died, at his home in Astoria, Illinois, December 1st, 1902.
  Dr. Benjamin C. Toler, aged 73 years, 1 month and 29 days.
  Funeral services will be conducted at his late home, Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 1902, at 10 a.m., Rev. Carpenter officiating.
  Friends desiring to view the remains, please call at the residence from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2d, '02.

Also:
In Memoriam
Dr. B. C. Toler
  On Monday morning of this week occurred the death of Dr. Benjamin C. Toler, of this city, at the age of 73 years, 1 month and 29 days. He had practiced medicine in Astoria for almost 45 years and was one of the town’s best and most loyal citizens; one who is mourned by a large circle of friends. He was a man ever true to his convictions, and always stood for what he thought to be right, battling loyally for the moral and social upbuilding of our fair city. To his profession he gave his best talents, being an active, aggressivee practitioner over a long span of years.
  He was a consistent member of the Christian church and did a great work in the support of his faith, at all times contributing liberally of his means for the upbuilding of the church. In all matters of charity he was foremost in offering succor to the needy. The poor man who came to his door at midnight and asked for his medical aid was not turned away. The weary days and nights spent in the service of suffering humanity are numbered to his credit by the thousands, and yet he was always the plain, unassuming Dr. Toler, performing well his duty.
  The subject of this sketch was born October 2, 1829, near Richmond, Virginia, and when three years old went with his parents to Kentucky. In 1846 they moved to Mason county, Illinois, where his father, Thomas U., purchased a farm, but in 1852 moved to Texas. Dr. Toler received his early education from his father, who at one time occupied a chair in Bethany College. When a little over twenty years of age he studied medicine with Dr. O’Neal at Bath. In 1851 he was one of a party who crossed the plains seeking the newly discovered gold fields. When this trip was made it was by ox team and not a white settler lived in Nebraska or Kansas, deer, antelope and buffalo roaming at will in great numbers.
  They arrived at Truckee River that ??? and then he with a com- …
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."
  See the funeral notice card

Obituary for Miss Margaret Belle Tolle
Miss Margaret Belle Tolle
  Miss Margaret Belle Tolle, only daughter of John S. and Jennie Tolle, was born in Rushville township, Schuyler County, Illinois, October 3, 1885, and died at her home on South Liberty Street, Monday afternoon, July 26, 1915, aged 29 years, 9 months and 23 days.
  Her illness extended over a period of several months, during which time she suffered greatly from cancer. She was given untiring attention by her mother, brother, relatives and friends, and greatly appreciated the many kind acts in her behalf.
  She became a member of the Baptist church shortly after the death of her father two years ago and found reeat comfort in reading eht Bible.
  She is survived by her mother, one brother Joseph, and two half-brothers, Charles and William Phillips, and one half-sister Mrs. Malinda Smith of Bynumville, Mo.
  Funeral Services, conducted by Rev. Charles Garrison, were held Wenesday afternoon at the Baptist church in this city. Interment was in the Rushville cemetery.
  Card of thanks - We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness and assistance during the illness and at the death of our daughter and sister.  Mrs. J.S. Tolle, J. H. Tolle

Obituary for Heather L. Tomich
Rushville Times, January 24, 2001, page 13, column 1
  Heather L. Tomich, 26, of Yorkville, died Thursday, Jan. 18, 2001, at Limestone Rest Area near Pontiac.
  She was born March 2, 1974, in Canton, the daughter of Rev. Joe Tomich and Debbie Lutz Steht.
  Survivors include her father, Rev. Joe Tomich and stepmother, Rev. Stacy Tomich of Littleton; mother, Debbie Steht of Yorkville, maternal grandmother, Rosalee Lutz of Canton; paternal grandparents, Frank and Mildred Tomich of Canton; one brother, Matthew Steht of Yorkville; and one sister, Amanda Tomich of Peoria.
  She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Richard Steht, and maternal grandfather, Lemont Lutz.
  She was a flight attendant for American Eagle Airlines. She was a member of Hope Charge United Methodist Church of Littleton. She had attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and was a 1998 graduate of Western Illinois University with a bachelor degree in elementary education with cum laude honors.
  Services were Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton. Memorial services to be held Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, at 7 p.m. at Littleton United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Beesley officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton.
  Memorial contributions may be made to her church.

Obituary for Essie Covey Tomlinson
Rushville Times, January 12, 2000, page 11, column 5
Essie Tomlinson
  Essie Tomlinson, 102, of Rushville, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  Born on July 24, 1897, in Cooperstown, the daughter of the late John and Clara (Smyers) Covey.  She married Albert Cecil Tomlinson on Oct. 21, 1916, in Rushville.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 1965.
  Also preceding her in death were one son, Albert Tomlinson; two brothers, John, and her twin, Leslie; two sisters, Blanche Cole and Bess Taylor; two step-brothers, Charles Whited and Dan Whited; three half-sisters, Minnie Wainman, Helen Morrell and Ellen Roate.
  She is survived by three sons, Russell (wife Lela) of Palmyra, Mo., Donald of San Diego, Calif., and Tommie (wife Phyllis) of Hutto, Texas; three daughters, Alice Hiles, Mary Paisley (husband Merle) and Lois Henninger (husband James) all of Rushville; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Lorena Tomlinson of Rushville.
  She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.
  Funeral services were Tuesday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial was in the Palm Cemetery west of Rushville.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Home Health or the charity of one's choice.

Obituary for Mary "Bessie" Bessie Waugh Tomlinson
Mrs. Mary Tomlinson
  Mrs Mary Bessie Tomlinson, daughter of Mrs. Amanda Waugh, was born in Schuyler county August 28, 1882, and died at her home in Rushville on November 2, 1918, she being 36 years 2 months and 5 days of age.
  She was united in marriage to James L. Tomlinson, August 23, 1905, and to this union one daughter and a son were born namely Elsie Gladys, and Gelen Clinton
  She was sick only a few days when he was called away to the world beyond. Her life was crowned by a beautiful and devoted wifehood and motherhood. She was the heart of her home, to her husband and children: she was always cheerful and gave gladness to all who were near her and will be greatly missed by many friends.
  She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and two children, a mother, three brothers and two sisters. James, Charlie and Louis Waugh, Mrs. Eliza Phillips, Mrs. Ollie Young. Besides a host of relatives and friends. Her father proceded her in death.
  Funeral services conducted by Rev. H. W. Stillman were held Sunday afternoon at the Rushville cemetery, where interment was made.

Obituary for Sharon K. Nall Trackey
Rushville Times, June 20, 2001, page 9, column 5
Sharon Trackey
  Sharon K. Trackey, 52, of Beardstown, died early morning, June 18, 2001, at her residence.
  She was born August 7, 1948, in Bloomington, the daughter of Charles D. and Josephine McDaniels Nall.
  Surviving is one brother Tom Nall (wife, Sharon) of Beardstown; one sister, Jackie Vaughn of Beardstown; two nieces; two nephews; one great nephew; two aunts; one uncle and several cousins.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother in infancy, Charles Nall Jr.
  Ms. Trackey was a member of the Lighthouse Church in Beardstown.  She was a member of the Thursday Night Ladies Bowling League in Beardstown with the team "Dollar General".  At the time of her death Ms. Trackey was employed as the Assistant Activities Director at the Heritage Manor East in Beardstown.  She had formerly been employed as a Certified Nurse's Assistant at St. Luke's Healthcare Center in Beardstown.
  Funeral services for Sharon K. Trackey will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2001, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Jerry Houchins of the Lighthouse Church in Beardstown officiating.  Burial will be in the Beardstown City Cemetery.  Friends may call noon until the time of the funeral service at the funeral home on Thursday.
  Memorials have been suggested to the Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for Floyd T. Travis II
Rushville Times, October 18, 2000, page 15, column 6
Floyd T. Travis, Jr.
  Floyd T. Travis Jr., of Rock Island, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his residence.
  He was born Jan. 1, 1943, to Floyd and Florence Gustafson Travis at Ripley.  He attended Brown County schools, graduating and entering the Marine Corps in 1961.  He married Carol Day of Rock Island on July 17, 1976.  She survives.
  He is also survived by both his mother and sister, Peggy Winner of Ripley; three daughters, Julie Moore, Becky Lopez and Cathy Mason; and six grandchildren.
  Preceding him in death were his father and two sisters, Helen Marie Travis and Pearl Ahlgren.
  Services are pending at the Hodgson Funeral Home in Rock Island.

Obituary for Goldia "Goldie" Jett Travis
Rushville Times, June 27, 2001, page 13, column 2
Goldie Travis
  Goldie Travis, 92, of rural Rushville, died Saturday, June 23, 2001, at her residence.
  She was born Nov. 9, 1908, in Licking, Mo., to the late Robert and Mabel Showmaker Jett.
  She married Robert G. Travis on July 23, 1933, in Rock Island.  He died Dec. 17, 1991.
  Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Margie) Clugston of Rushville.
  Preceding her in death were six brothers and one sister.
  She was a member of the Rushville Union Baptist Church.
  Graveside services were held Tuesday at the Rushville City Cemetery with Mr. David Haney officiating.  Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Wesley Milton Trendle
Rushville Times, July 4, 2001, page 4, column 5
Wesley Trendle
  Wesley Milton Trendle, 60, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Columbia Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas.
  He lived in Rushville from 1966-1978 serving as minister of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Since then he worked as a nursing home administrator in several Missouri locations.
  He is survived by his wife, Peggy Jo Trendle, of Lee Summit, Mo.; three daughters, Laura Polus of Bloomington, Lisa Yarbrough of Durham, Mo., and Michelle Coyner of Blue Springs, Mo.; his mother, D. Anita Trendle of Peoria; one brother, Jeff Trendle of Atlanta, Ga.; and four grandchildren.
  There will be no services held at this time.  Cremation arrangements are being handled by Skinner-Silva Funeral Home of Pharr, Texas.
  Memorials may be sent to: Myasthenia Gravis Association Suite 225 2300 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64132, or First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rushville.

Obituary for Wayne Trimble
Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 13, column 5
  Wayne Trimble, 75, of Peoria, formerly of Rushville, passed away Monday, January 8, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Danville.
  Born on February 11, 1925, in Rushville, the son of the late Roy and Edna (Courtwright) Trimble. He married Rosemary McCombs on October 23, 1949 in Rushville and she survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Roy Trimble of Metamora, one daughter, Ruthanne Burgard, and husband, Kevin, of Monticello, four grandchildren, Emily, Alyssa, John and Michael Burgard, two brothers, Paul Trimble and wife Bernadine of Rushville, and Charles Trimble and wife Caroline of Versailles, Kentucky.
  A WWII Navy veteran, he graduated from St. Louis Mortuary College in 1948 and served as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. He was a city letter carrier for 26 years and a rural letter carrier for six years in Rushville retiring in February 1981.
  He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Letter Carriers Association, Masonic Lodge #9 A.F. & A.M., Schuyler American Legion Post #4.
  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Karen Merrick officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville.
  Memorials may be given to Alzheimers Research Foundation or the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Obituary for Bertha Ann Robertson Trone
  Mrs. Bertha Trone, wife of Frank Trone, died on Saturday, Nov. 16, at her home northeast of Pleasantview, after an illness of many months; aged 37 years. Interment at Ridgeville on Sunday.
   Note: Bertha Ann Robertson born January 2, 1870 Mason City, Mason County, Illinois; daughter of Joel and Lydia Esther Walton Robertson; married Frank Adam Trone October 14, 1888, Browning Township, Schuyler County, Illinois; died November 16, 1907 Pleasantview, Rushville Township, Schuyler County, Illinois; They had the following children: Clarence Edgar, Betty E., Herman Fred, Joel "Jo" Joseph Robertson, Lana/Lena Ester, and Opal.

Obituary for Franklin "Frank" Adam Trone
Frank A. Trone Succumbed Thursday To Long Illness
  Frank A. Trone, whose entire lifetime of seventy-three years was spent in Schuyler county, died Thursday at his home near Pleasant View after a prolonged illness.
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson, were held at the Voorhees Funeral home in Rushville Saturday at 2:00 o'clock. Burial was in the Ridgeville cemetery.
  The following obituary was read at the service:
  Frank Adam Trone, son of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Trone, was born December 29, 1866, in Browning township, and departed this life at his home near Pleasant View on September 5, 1940, at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 6 days.
  On October 19, 1888, he was joined in marriage to Miss Bertha Robinson {Robertson} of Browning, who preceded him in death.
  Thruout his life Mr. Trone was a kindly man and it loving husband and father. He was fond of his home and family and during the three years of his illness he was patient, always trusting in his Saviour, and expressed his willingness to go to Him.
  He was the father of seven children, the following of whom survive: Joseph R. and Lena Esther Trone, who resided with their father, Mrs. Betty Tomlinson of Rushville and Herman Trone of Peoria.
  He is also survived by one grandchild, Stanley Tomlinson, of Rushville two brothers, Al Trone, residing near Rushville, and John Trone of Browning, and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Reno, of Tavares, Florida.

Obituary for Herman Fred Trone
November 28, 1946
Herman Fred Trone Was Found Dead In Peoria
  Funeral services for Herman Fred Trone, 41, former Schuyler resident were held Wednesday at 1:00 p. m., at the Boland Mortuary chapel in Peoria, with the Rev. E. L. Fernandes officiating. Burial was in Springdale cemetery.
  Mr. Trone was found dead at 9:00 p. m. Monday in his room at the Cottage hotel in Peoria. Friends of the deceased stated that he had not been in good health since being injured last August, and that he complained of severe headaches.
  He was born in Frederick township, November 12, 1905, a son of Frank and Bertha Robertson Trone. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Ward and Miss Lena Trone and one brother, Joseph Trone, all of Rushville.

Obituary for Joel "Joe" Robertson Trone
{Named Joel in his obit but in other family members' obits, he is named Joseph. I think that those who wrote the obits didn't know "JOE" was short for "JOEL". Sara Hemp <cryssara@merr.com >, granddaughter of his aunt, Inez Bader}
Rites Held Monday For Joe Trone, 72
  Joe Trone, 72, Pleasant View farm laborer, died at 5 p. m. Friday in St. John's saniaorium {sanitarium} in Springfield where he had been a patient since November 16.
  Funeral services were held at 1:30 p. m. Monday at the Roby Funeral Chapel with Rev. Delmar Smith in charge. Burial was in Ridgeville cemetery near Browning.
  Joel Robertson Trone, son of Frank and Bertha Robertson Trone was born in Frederick township October 24, 1892, and departed this life in the St. John's sanitorium in Springfield at the age of 72. Joe, as he was known by his many friends, was the third child of a family of seven children. He never married. He and his sister, Lana lived together baring the passing of their father and mother, three brothers, and one sister. Left to mourn his passing are two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Ward of Rushville and Miss Lana Trone of Pleasant View; one aunt, Mrs. Inez Bader of Bader; and one nephew Stanley Tomlinson who serves in the U.S. Navy.
  Joe attended school at Pleasant View and later worked on a farm for more than 40 years. He seldom knew sickness until the last two years. Joe made his committment to the Lord during a revival meeting conducted in Pleasant View by Rev. Larry Hance.

Obituary for John "Dice" E. Trone
Eagle Publications, February 13, 2004
John E. "Dice" Trone
  John E. "Dice" Trone, Rushville died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, at Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, with the Rev. Sue Coller officiating. Burial will be in the Sugar Grove North Cemetery, north of Rushville, with military services being conducted by Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville or Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Peoria Journal Star, February 12, 2004, Page: B5
John Trone
  RUSHVILLE - John E. "Dice" Trone, 85, of 219 S. Congress St. died at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital.
  Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Rushville to Laurence and Dora Brooks Trone, he married Mary Frances Ritchey on Nov. 13, 1944, in Virginia, Ill. She survives.
  Also surviving are one daughter, Carol (and Carson) Klitz of Rushville; one grandson; and one great-grandson.
  He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
  A World War II veteran, he served as a pilot in the Army Air Forces, flying 50 missions over Germany and the Balkan countries in a B-24 bomber. In 1944, he was shot down over Czechoslovakia and rescued by Marshall Tito's partisans after bombing the Polesti Oil Fields in Romania. He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4.
  He worked in the Quad Cities and then returned to his wife's family farm in Schuyler County, where he farmed until retiring in 1990. He was a member of Schuyler County Farm Bureau.
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Sue Coller will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sugar Grove North Cemetery north of Rushville, where military honors will be accorded by his American Legion post.
  Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Rushville or Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Obituary for Lana Esther Trone
August 19, 1981
Rites for Lana Trone, 89, Held Here Monday
  Miss Lana E. Trone, 89, of Rushville passed away Saturday at 7:15 a. m. at the Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Funeral services were held on Monday at 2 p. m. at the Worthington Funeral Home with the Rev. Evan Williams officiating. Burial was in the Ridgeville cemetery.
  She was born on Nov. 4, 1891, in Browning township, the daughter of Frank A. and Bertha Robertson Trone. She was a housekeeper and a member of the Pleasant View Christian church. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Betty Ward of Rushville and numerous cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Joseph, Luther, Herman and Edgar; and one sister, Opal.

Obituary for Luther W. Trone
December 19, 1914
Luther W. Trone.
  Luther W. Trone, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Trone, was born May 29, 1889, and died December 13, 1914, aged 25 years, 6 months and 13 days. He spent most of his life at home assisting on the farm. The last seven years he has been afflicted with the diseased which finally caused his death.
  During the last five years he has been a close and devoted student of the Bible. Shortly before his death he made the good confession of the name of Christ, dying with the blessed hope of salvation. He leaves to mourn his death his father, two sisters, Lena and Bettie, both at home, and three brothers - Joseph R., Edgar and Herman. One sister died five years ago. He was greatly beloved in the community and leaves also a host of friends.
  Funeral services were held at the home on Tuesday, conducted by Elder Wilson. Interment in the Ridgeville cemetery.

Obituary for Orville V. Trone
Rushville Times, May 9, 2001, page 17, column 3
Orville V. Trone
  Orville V. Trone, 91, of Astoria, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Astoria Manor.
  He was born May 17, 1909, in Kerton Township, Fulton County, the son of Jacob and Dora (Seymore) Trone.  He married Fern Thomas on April 6, 1935, in Lewistown.  She survives.
  He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, one sister, Mary Stambaugh, and one son-in-law, James Williams.
  Surviving are six daughters, Rosemary Williams of Canton, Mrs. Lee (Dorothy) Plate of Astoria, Mrs. Harold (Jeanette) Hopkins of Astoria, Mrs. David (June) Hicke of Glasford, Mrs. Virgil (Opalene) Stambaugh of Astoria, Mrs. David (Ida) Clark of Astoria, and Mrs. Stephen (Ruth) Trone of Browning; two sons, Tom (wife, Pam) Trone of Astoria, and Stephen Trone of Astoria; 27 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
  He was a member of Astoria Church of Christ.  He had been a farmer and an avid gardener.
  Services were Monday, May 7, 2001, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Collis Trone officiating, and burial at Woodland Cemetery, Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Death of Robert Nelson Trone
Baby Dead
Robert N., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Trone was born in Browning Feb. 13, 1915 and died Thursday, Jan. 20, 1916. Death was due to whooping cough.
  Robert had always been a bright, happy, healthy baby until about three weeks ago. He is survived by his parents. His lovely disposition won him many friends among the neighbors who join with his relatives in their sorrow.
  Burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery by the side of his grandmother.
  Note: His parents are Silas "Manny" J Trone and Lillian Mae Harris. His paternal grandparents are Silas Henry Trone and Sarah "Lizzie" Elizabeth (Stephens) Stevens. His maternal grandparents are William Harris and Margaret "Peg" F Steadman.
  Note: Robert Nelson Trone, S/O Silas and Lillian Trone, 1916-1917, Buried Section 3-Row 3 Browning Cemetery with William and Margaret Harris.

Obituary for Christopher L. Troutman
Rushville Times, Jan. 12, 2000, page 11, column 7
  Services for Christopher L. Troutman, 30, who was pronounced dead at 8:26 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at the scene of an accident near Mt. Sterling, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Martin-Hollis Funeral home in Bushnell.  The Rev. Charles Ferguson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
  He died from injuries sustained in a one-vehicle accident on Illinois Route 99, north of Mt. Sterling.
  Born Dec. 9, 1969, in Galesburg to Jerry and Janice Avery Troutman, he married Georgia Brandon on Oct. 14, 1995, in Macomb. She survives.
  Also surviving are his parents of Springfield; his paternal grandmother, Nina Troutman of Wever, Iowa; his maternal grandmother, Nola Avery of Bushnell; one son, Ian of Colchester; one step-son, Jason Fowler of Colchester; three step-daughters, Heather Connor, Cassandra Fowler and Samantha Fowler, all of Colchester; and one sister, Jana Troutman of Springfield.
  His maternal and paternal grand-fathers preceded him in death.
He attended Bethel Baptist Church in Fandon.
  Memorials may be made to the Ian Troutman Education Fund in care of Colchester State Bank in Colchester.

Obituary for Father Richard E. Trutter
Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 5
Father Richard Trutter
  Fr. Richard E. Trutter, O.P., 70, of Taylorville, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville.
  He was born April 23, 1929, in Springfield, Ill., the son of Edward L. and Eda L. Bergschneider Trutter.
  He is survived by one brother, Rev. Carl B. Trutter, O.P. - St. Martin de Porres Dominican Province, New Orleans, La.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Army Sergeant Edward H. Trutter, who was killed in World War II in Germany.
  Rev. Trutter had been Catholic chaplain at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville since 1992.
  In Springfield, he attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School, Cathedral Boys' High School and Springfield Junior College. After attending Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, he was received into the Dominican Novitiate, Winona, Minn., by the Dominican Master General Emmanuel Suarez in 1949 and he made profession as a Dominican friar on Sept. 30, 1950.
  He studied philosophy (1950-53) at the Dominican House of Studies, River Forest, Ill., theology (1953-57) at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa, and was ordained a Catholic priest at St. Rose Priory, in Dubuque on May 25, 1967, by Archbishop Edward Hoban of Cleveland, Ohio. His first Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield.
  After ordination, Father Trutter became associate pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in River Forest, (1957-64, at St. Pius V. Church in Chicago (1964-65), at Nativity Church in Campti, La., (1956-66) and at St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Orleans, La. (1966-69). From 1969-71 he was pastor of St. Hyacinth Church in Amarillo, Texas. He served as campus minister at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff (1972-74) and at three colleges in Colorado Springs, Colo (1974-77). He then was pastor of St. Rose Church in Rushville (1977-89).
  After studying clinical pastoral education, he became chaplain at St. John's Hospital in Springfield (1990-92) before moving to Taylorville in 1992.
  Services for Father Trutter were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylorville. Fr. Carl B. Trutter, O.P and Fr. John Gerlach, O.P., officiated. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. A final funeral service was held at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in River Forrest.
  Connolly-McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to St. Vincent Memorial Hospital in Taylorville or Dominican Society for Vocational Support, 1909 S. Ashland, Chicago, IL 60608-2994.

Obituary for Mary Ann Stivers Tucker
Rushville Times, June 28, 2000, page 13, column 2
Mary Ann Tucker
  Mary Ann Tucker, 66, of East Peoria, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.
  Born Aug. 1, 1933, in Rushville to Glenn and Velma Fretueg Stivers, she married Lee Tucker on Aug. 5, 1951, in Rushville.  He survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Lonnie (wife Sandra) of East Peoria; three daughters, Glenna (husband Raymond) Peplow and Brenda (husband David) McIntyre, both of East Peoria, and Stephanie (husband Martin) Clayton of Washington; one brother, Richard (wife Mary) Stivers of Rushville; three sisters, Louise McMillan of East Peoria and Minnie (husband Bill) Arnold and Margurete (husband Earl) Smith, both of Rushville; and nine grandchildren.
  Two sisters and one brother preceded her in death.
   She was the proprietor of Ping's Pantry in Rushville.
  She was a member of First Baptist Church of East Peoria.
  Services were Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Emmert Funeral Home in East Peoria.  Burial was in the Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.
  Memorials may be made to Northern Tazewell Fire and Rescue.

Obituary for Allen R. Turner
died: February 14, 1913
February 20, 1913
  In the death of Allen R. Turner, which occurred on Friday night of last week at his home in Buenavista township, there passed from this life a truly noble man who for more than eighty years has been a resident of this county.  Mr. Turner was one of the few remaining pioneers whose span of life encompassed the growth and development of this his native county, and he was honored as one of those who took part in this great work.
  Mr. Turner never forsook the old home farm of pioneer days, and it was here his death occurred.  He had been ill for eleven weeks with what his physician termed creeping paralysis and he suffered greatly during his last illness.  A remarkable feature of Mr. Turner's family life is that all of the children, now with families of their own, are living in the county and in turn were with him during his last illness.
  On Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock funeral services were held at Antioch church, conducted by Rev. Geo. Kline, and the interment was in the Rushville cemetery.
  Allen R. Turner was born near Rushville April 22, 1832, a son of Samuel and Rachel Robertson Turner.  In 1823 his father and brother Willis came to Schuyler from Madison county, and their log house, built in Rushville township, was among the first in the county.  In 1834 Samuel Turner bought the farm in Buenavista township, which later passed to the son and was ever afterwards his home.
  Here his boyhood days were spent and when a lad eighteen years of age he joined the adventurous fortune seekers who were making the trip to California, and he journeyed to the Pacific coast behind an ox team.  His stay in the gold fields was brief and on his return home he invested the money he had accumulated in the farm.
  ... bella {Isabella} A. Sparks occurred in Buenavista March 9, 1852, and the first break in the happy home circle came Feb. 9, 1893, when the wife and mother passed away.  The four children born to them are all living.  Otto S., Darwin and Mrs. J. C. Bartlow are residents of Buenavista and W. F. Turner resides in Rushville.
  Thruout his long life Mr. Turner was a men who was ever held in the highest esteem by his friends and neighbors.  From the earliest days he was a pronounced temperance advocate, and on the formation of the Prohibition party allied himself with that organization.  Tho he never associated himself with any church organization, Mr. Turner was a believer in the christian religion and his life was a worthy example of his faith.  During his last illness he expressed a willingness to die and longed for the time he could join his beloved wife in the world beyond.  A man of generous impulse and noble ambition, Mr. Turner gave aid to those in sickness and distress, and he did it in an unpretentious way that marked the nobility of the man.  In the death of this old pioneer resident a good and just man has gone to his reward.

Obituary for Isabell A. Sparks Turner
February 9, 1893
  Turner, Mrs. Isabell A. -- Mrs. Isabell A. Turner, wife of Allen Turner of Buenavista township, died a 4 o'clock this morning, after a few days illness, in her 63rd year.  Funeral services will be held at Antioch church on Saturday at 10 o'clock. (Deaths)

February 16, 1893
  Turner, Isabella A. - Isabella A. Turner, wife of Allen R. Turner, and daughter of Lemuel and Nancy Sparks, was born Jan. 24, 1831.  She was converted at the old Moore School house at a protracted meeting, held by Harrison Presson, the winter of '49 {1849} and '50 {1850}.  She joined the M. E. Church at the old Sparks church; was married to Mr. Turner Mar. 9th, 1852.  She professed the blessing of entire sanctification at a protracted meeting held in the old Ebenezer Church by Uriah Warrington about the year 1875, and joined the F. M. Church organized at Antioch in the spring of 1883, and lived a faithful, devoted member up to the day of her death, which occurred Feb. 9, 1893.
  Mother Turner, as she was familiarly known, was always a faithful attendant on all the means of grace unless hindered by sickness, and had been in attendance at the revival meeting at Antioch, and on Sabbath morning she gave her testimony and returned home sick, took to her bed and on Thursday morning at 4 o'clock the weary wheels stood still.
  When told she was dying she called her husband and children one by one, and gave them her dying charge, exhorting those that were unsaved to seek the Lord.  When asked by the writer if there was any dark river here she replied: "It is all a mistake; there is no dark river here."  And again, "Is there anything about death a christian need to fear?"  She said no, and died in holy triumph.  She leaves a husband, four children, and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss.  The writer preached her funeral, assisted by evangelist F. F. Barritt, to a large and attentive congregation of friends.  Text Rev. 13:14.  Her remains were interred in the Rushville Cemetery. …. R. W. Sanderson.

Same paper, February 16, 1893
  J. F. Sparks of Tina, Mo., arrived last Saturday in time to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Allen turner.  This is the first visit to the old home for about fourteen years and was surprised to see how Rushville was improving.

Obituary for Rosalie R. Turner
Rushville Times, October 17, 2001, page 15, column 3
Rosalie Turner
  Rosalie R. Turner, 74, of Rushville, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001, at her home.
  She was born May 10, 1921, in St. Louis, Mo., the daughter of Richard and Irene (Ruth) Turner.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  Survivors include a brother, Robert (wife Donna) Turner of Springfield; a nephew; and two step-nephews.
  She graduated from Astoria High School in 1945 and Western Illinois University in 1949.  She taught school in Astoria rural area schools.
  She was principal of Round Lake Beach Grade School from 1960-64.  She then taught school at Rend Lake Junior High, until retiring in 1985.
  She was a member of the Astoria Church of the Brethren, National Education Association and Illinois Education Association of which she was a former officer.
  Services were Saturday, Oct. 20, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Gary Schultz officiating.  Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery in Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to the Astoria Church of the Brethren.

Obituary for Thomas "Tommy" Lot Ashwood
Thomas L. Ashwood 1925 - 2004
  Funeral services for Thomas L. Ashwood, 78, of Muskogee will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 14, 2004 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend Diana Cox-Crawford officiating.  Pallbearers will be Paul Maher, Marion Tuteral, Ken Meyer, Jack Key, Bob Roe and Hardy Clark.  Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery under the direction of Lescher-Millsap Funeral Home.
  Thomas L. Ashwood was born March 26, 1925 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the son of Harry M. Ashwood and Mary E. (Thompson) Ashwood and died February 11, 2004.  He married Bettye Ballou February 14, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He retired from Brockway Glass Company.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
  Survivors include his wife Bettye Ashwood of the home; two sons, Thomas Ashwood and wife Nancy of Fort Smith, AR, Albert Ashwood and wife Cindy of Chandler, OK; one daughter Janie Riddle and husband Frank of Muskogee, OK; one sister, Mary Wozniak of Muskogee, OK; two brothers, Dick Ashwood of Muskogee, OK, Jack Ashwood of Wainwright, OK; seven grandchildren, Brian Ashwood, Amy Ashwood, Rachel and Donald Ashwood, Sherman, Tommy and Madison Riddle.

Obituary for Monica Underwood Hicks
Rushville Times, November 8, 2000, page 13, column 6
Monica Underwood
  Monica Underwood, 31, of Peoria, formerly of Rushville, died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at her home.
  She was born Nov. 29, 1968, in Peoria, to Charles and Ruth (Way) Underwood.
  Surviving are her three children, Stephanie Hicks, Ashley Jones and Justin Hicks, all at home; two brothers, Terry Underwood of East Peoria, and Jerry Underwood of Peoria; one sister, JoAnn (Underwood) Janson of Peoria, several nieces and nephews in Peoria and two nieces, Debbi (Hendricks) Frakes of Rushville and Teresa Hendricks of Jacksonville.
  Both parents, one brother and a sister preceded her in death.
  Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and the funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Endsley Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Peoria.

Obituary for Dorothy Josephine Ehrhardt Urban
Rushville Times, Feb. 2, 2000, page 13, column 4
Dorothy Urban
  Dorothy Josephine Urban, 92, of Rushville, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born June 3, 1907, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Theodore and Josephine Bengston Ehrhardt.  She married Joseph Urban June 14, 1924, in Cairo.
  He died Aug. 12, 1993.  Surviving are four sons, Ted (wife Scottie) of Lehigh, Fla., Bill (wife Mary Sue) of Falls of Rough, Ky., Bob (wife Barbara) of Florissant, Mo., Jim (wife Gail) of Moneta, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Les (Jo Ann) Robertson of Rushville, Mrs. Jim (Lillian) Joering of Westerville, Ohio, Dr. Seb (Helen) Pagano of West Frankfort, and Mrs. Goodman (Mary) Bradley of Taylor Ridge; 26 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by one son, Carl; three grand-children; and one sister, Lillian Carroll.
  She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church of Rushville, Catholic League of Women, Church Women United and Altar and Rosary Society.  She was very active in church work.  She also was active in the Cub and Boy Scouts in her younger years.
  A funeral mass was held Tuesday at St. Rose Catholic Church with Father Robert Reynolds officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation and prayer service was held Monday at the Worthington Funeral Home.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or St. Rose Catholic Church.

Obituary for Charles Richard Utter I
Charles Utter
  Charles Utter, son of Frank and Clara Bradman Utter, passed away at his home in Frederick on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1970, at the age of 76.
  He was born November 15, 1894, on a farm in Bainbridge township, Schuyler County, where he made his home until two years ago when he retired and moved to Frederick.
  He was married to Grace Park Smith on April 20, 1935, at Rushville, Ill. To this union was born one son, Charles Richard Utter of Camden, Ill. One step-daughter, Mrs. Maxine Smith Loughary was reared in their home.
  Charles received his education at the Mt. Carmel school. He devoted his life to his family, his occupation of farming, and helping his neighbors.
  Besides his wife, son, and daughter, he is survived by seven grandchildren; three great- grandchildren; two brothers, George of Rushville and Harry of Pleasant View; and one sister, Edna Harn of Frederick; also nieces, nephews; and numerous relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by four grandchildren, including the triplet sons and infant daughter of Charles and Lucille Utter; one step-great-grandson, the son of Gene and Charlene Wise; his parents; three brothers, Fred, Frank and Thomas; and one sister, Buelah.
  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Roby Funeral home with the Rev. Wesley Trendle officiating. Burial was in Messerer cemetery.

Obituary of Ernest Harper Utter, Judge
Rushville Times, January 23, 2002, page 13, column 4
Ernest H. Utter
  Judge Ernest Harper Utter, 76, of Rushville, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  He was born June 30, 1925, in Chicago to the late Ernest G. “Pete” and Laura Harper Utter.  He married Dr. Rosemary E. Niemann, M.D. June 17, 1956, in Jacksonville.
  She survives, along with one daughter, Karyn Measell of Granby, Mo.; one grandson; and one brother, Robert Utter of Mt. Sterling.
  He was an Army veteran of W.W. II.  He graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and was admitted to the Bar in 1950.  He practiced law and was elected county judge and later circuit judge.  He served as a judge for more than 25 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1980.  He then returned to private law practice.
  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville, Rushville Masonic Lodge No. 9 A.F. and A.M., Rushville Commandary No. 56 Knights Templars, Ansar Shrine of Springfield, 22 Club, Rushville Lions Club, Schuyler American Legion Post 4 and was a lifetime member of the Rushville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  He also was a former member of the Rushville Rotary Club and Rushville Volunteer Fire Department.
  He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed hunting mushrooms.
  Funeral services were Sunday, Jan. 20, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Schuyler American Legion Post 4 conducted military services at the gravesite.  Worthington Funeral Home of Rushville was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or Schuy-Rush Park.

Frank Utter, Edward Lashbrook and Carl Neff deaths
Rushville Times, June 28, 2000, page 5, column 3
  On April 28, 1922, Schuyler County Sheriff Edward Lashbrook and two deputies, Frank Utter and Carl Neff, were killed at the Frederick depot by a mob of railroad maintenance employees.
  The mob boarded the southbound train, which the chief of Police at Beardstown and a posse stopped on the railroad bridge, capturing 28 men.  Another man was later apprehended in Browning.
  On June 16, 1922, all 29 were found guilty of manslaughter in a blanket verdict.  On passing sentence 17 were sent to the Joliet Penitentiary, 10 were granted new trials and two were freed.

Obituary of Fred "Freddie" C. Utter
August 11, 1892, Frederick Department
  Utter, Freddy - Died on Monday, Aug. 8th, of flux, Freddy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Utter, aged 2 years and 11 months.  The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon.  Interment in the Frederick cemetery.

Rushville Times, September 1, 1892
Oituary
  Freddie C., beloved son of Frank and Clara Utter, was born Sept. 9, 1889, and died Aug. 8, 1892, of flux, after a week's suffering. Freddie is sadly missed by his parents and little brother. He was the joy and pride of us all. Freddie was a good little boy. Although his sufferings were great he tried to talk to the last. His last words before he left this world was "Mamma's come back."
  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. O.T. Rogers. His remains were followed by a large concourse of friends and interred in the Frederick cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
  Dearest Freddie thou hast left us,
  Here thy loss we deeply feel,
  But 'tis God that hast bereft us,
  He can all our sorrows heal.
  Aunt Alice.
  Note: He is the son of Arthur "Frank" Frank Utter I and Clara Bradman.

Obituary for Grace Park Smith Utter
August 19, 1976
Rites Are Wednesday For Mrs. Grace Utter
  Mrs. Grace Utter of Camden, died Sunday evening at Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the Worthington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wesley Trendle officiating. Burial was in the Messerer cemetery.
  She was born May 10, 1904, in Schuyler county, the daughter of James and Louisa Robertson Park. She was married in 1924 to Melvin Smith, who died in 1925. She then was married on April 21, 1935, to Charles Utter, who died in December 1970. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors and the Rebekah Lodge 381.
  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Maxine Loughary of Rushville; one son, Charles Utter, Jr., of Camden; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one brother, Paul Park of Rushville; and two sisters, Ethel Park and Mrs. Jennie Hess, both of Rushville.

Obituary for Harlan Leslie Utter
died: May 9, 1983
Rushville Times, May 11, 1983
Rites to Be Today For Harlan L. Utter, 62
  Harlan L. Utter, 62, passed away on Monday at Culbertson Memorial hospital after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at the Worthington Funeral Home with the Rev. Evan Williams and the Rev. Paul Sellers officiating. Burial will be in Rushville city cemetery. Military rites were held at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home by Schuyler American Legion Post No. 4. Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  He was born on Aug. 15, 1920, near Frederick, son of George and Stella Orr Utter. He married Mary Dean on March 23, 1946 in Petersburg. She survives, along with his father and one son, Ronald of Rushville; one daughter; Mrs. Ray (Joyce) Mehra of Laurel, Miss; four grandchldren; one brother, Frank Utter of Browning; and one sister, Mrs. Clinton (Beulah) Ogden of Rushville.
  He was preceded in death by his mother, one infant son, and one brother, Arthur.
  He was a member of the First Christian Church of Rushville, Army veteran of World War II and member of the Schuyler American Legion Post No. 4 and the Schuyler county farm bureau. He was a Schulyer county farmer all his life.

Obituary for Herman "Carl" Carl Utter
Rushville Times, March 29, 2000, page 15, column 4
Herman "Carl" Carl Utter
  H. Carl Utter, 64, of Frederick, died Sunday, March 26, 2000, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  He was born May 11, 1915, in Frederick Township of Schuyler County, the son of the late Grover D. and Elizabeth Ruth (Malcomson) Utter.  He married Naomi Horney on April 20, 1946, in Colchester.  She survives.
  Also surviving are three sons, Ronald Eugene Utter (wife Wanda) of Colchester, Gary Keith Utter (wife Lorna) of Monmouth, Darwin Lewis Utter (wife Belinda) of Rushville; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Delano Utter of Louisville, Ky., and one sister-in-law, Juanita Utter of Colchester.  He was preceded in death by two brothers, James Malcom and Grover Richard Utter.
  He was a farmer and was the postmaster of the Frederick Post Ofice for 22 years.  He retired from the post office after 15 years as a rural carrier on Feb. 28, 1977.  He was a member of the Schuyler County Farm Bureau and the Rural Letter Carriers Association.
  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Revs. Matt Haberman and Ernest Louderman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.
  Memorials may be given to the Frederick Christian Church.

Obituary for John "Dave" David Utter I
Rushville Times, August 22, 2001, page 13, column 3
"Dave" Utter
  John David "Dave" Utter Sr., 76, of Rushville, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his home.
  He was born June 6, 1925, in Frederick, the son of the late Carl Owen and Beulah Belle (Quinn) Utter.  He married Henrietta Mae Tucker on Dec. 4, 1949, in Rushville.  She preceded him in death on April 12, 1993.
  Surviving are two sons, James Douglas Utter (wife, Sandy) of Beardstown, and John David Utter Jr. (wife, Joyce) of Rushville; three daughters, Melissa Jean Carter (husband, Dean) of Leola, Ark., Marsha Kay Geiman (husband, Stephen) of Manito, and Lisa Ann Muellersman (husband, Frank) of Rushville, 13 grandchildren; one step grandchild; nine great-grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Utter of Rushville and Carl "Jim" Utter of Tonapah, Ariz.; two sisters, Carlene Shoopman of Mt. Sterling and Rose Spears of Beardstown.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; two great-grandchildren, Kaleb Utter and Marie Elizabeth Geiman; two brothers, Wilbur Eugene and Herbert Owen Utter; and three sisters, Margaret Cooper, Mary Ann Walker and Bertha Hanson.
  A World War II Navy veteran, he drove a truck for the former Mid-West Order Buyers of Rushville for several years.  After that he worked for Mickleberrys in Rushville for 22 years as a driver and as a material handler for Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown, retiring after 19 years in 1987 due to health.  He was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4.
  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Bill Couchenour officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by Schuyler American Legion Post 4.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville.  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Peoria Journal Star, August 21, 2001, Page: B04
'Dave' Utter Sr.
  Rushville - John David ''Dave'' Utter Sr., 76, of Rushville died at 7:23 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at his residence.
  Born June 6, 1925, in Frederick to Carl Owen and Beulah Belle Quinn Utter, he married Henrietta Mae Tucker on Dec. 4, 1949, in Rushville. She died April 12, 1993.
  He also was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.
  Surviving are two sons, James (and Sandy) of Beardstown and John Jr. (and Joyce) of Rushville; three daughters, Melissa (and Dean) Carter of Leola, Ark., Marsha (and Stephen) Geiman of Manito and Lisa (and Frank) Muellersman of Rushville; two brothers, Bill of Rushville and Carl ''Jim'' of Tonapah, Ariz.; two sisters, Carlene Shoopman of Mount Sterling and Rose Spears of Beardstown; 13 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; nine great-grandchildren; and five stepgreatgrandchildren.
  A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4.
  He was a truck driver for Mid-West Order Buyers of Rushville for several years. He then was a driver for Mickleberrys in Rushville for 22 years and was a material handler for Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown for 19 years, retiring in 1987.
  Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel, where visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Bill Couchenour will officiate. Burial will be in Rushville City Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by his American Legion post.
  Memorials may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for Lucille Robinson Utter
Rushville Times, Dec. 24, 2003
Lucille Utter
  Lucille Utter, 61, of rural Camden, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Sterling.
  She was born Nov. 9, 1942, in Rushville Township of Schuyler County to the Rev. Oscar and Elsie Summers Robinson. She married Charles R. Utter, Jr., May 28, 1960, in Rushville.
  He survives, along with her mother of Rushville; three sons, Richard L. Utter (wife Kathy) of Cooperstown, and twins, Robert:, and Ronnie L. Utter, both of rural Rushville; a daughter, Rebecca Crenshaw of Camden; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Richard Robinson (wife Shirley) of Astoria and Marvin Robinson (wife Kitty) of Canton; and a sister, Joan Cox (husband Norman) of Galesburg.
  She was preceded in death by triplet sons, Jerry L., Terry L. and Larry L. Utter; a daughter, Martha L. Utter; and infant grandson Gideon Ray Crenshaw; and two brothers Larry Robinson and Raymond Robinson.
  She was a former member of the union Baptist Church of Rushville. She worked at Gain Brothers Greenhouse and Nursery, Hornsby's, Ball Variety, Rushville True Value Hardware, Feigls Food Center and Bartlow Brothers Meat Packing, Inc., until retiring in 2002 due to ill health.
  Funeral services were Monday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. George Buck officiating. Burial was in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for Rosemary Johnson Utter
Rushville Times, October 25, 2000, page 13, column 3
Rosemary Johnson Utter
  Rosemary Johnson Utter, 62, of Rushville, died Thursday Oct. 1, 2000, at her home.
  She was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Pleasant View, the daughter of the late Hart "Doc" and Mable (Howard) Johnson.  She married William Utter on March 24, 1956, in Rushville.  He survives.
  Also surviving are two sons, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Utter (wife Maria) stationed with the U.S. Navy at Virginia Beach, Va., and Patrick Utter of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Beth Allen (husband Michael) of High Ridge, Mo.; three grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; one brother, Beverly "Budgie" Johnson (wife Melba) of Rushville; two sisters, Verna Boyd of Rushville and Kathy Emerick (husband Michael) of Quincy, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Wanda Patton.
  She was a homemaker and worked for four years with the Meals on Wheels program.  She attended the First United Methodist Church in Rushville and enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching and her family.
  Funeral services were Sunday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for William "Bill" Deloss Utter
Rushville Times, October 31, 2001, page 17, column 1
William Utter
  William Utter, 70, of Rushville, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at his home.
  Funeral services will be announced later by the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville.

Rushville Times, November 7, 2001, page 13, column 4
William Utter
  William D. Utter, 70, of Rushville, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at his home.
  Born on Feb. 11, 1931, in Frederick, the son of the late Carl Owen and Beulah (Quinn) Utter, he married Rosemary Johnson on March 24, 1956, in Rushville.  She preceded him in death on Oct. 19, 2000.
  Surviving are two sons: Chief Petty Officer Michael (wife, Maria) Utter of Virginia Beach, Virg., and Patrick Utter of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Beth (husband, Michael) Allen of High Ridge, Mo.; three grandchildren; one step granddaughter; one brother, Carl "Jim" Utter of Tonapah, Ariz.; two sisters, Carlene Shoopman of Mt. Sterling and Rose Spears of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by three brothers, Wilbur Eugene, Herbert Owen and John David Utter; three sisters, Bertha Hanson, Mary Ann Walker and Margaret Cooper.
  A Korean Conflict Army veteran, he first worked for George Chadwick drilling water wells.  Later he worked as a machinist for NTN Bower in Macomb, retiring in November of 1998.  Recently, he worked as a groundskeeper at the Rushville City Cemetery.
  Funeral services were Friday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery, with military rites by Schuyler American Legion Post 4.

Obituary for Emily Auguste Vallillo
Rushville Times, August 16, 2000, page 11, column 2
Emily Vallillo
  Emily Auguste Vallillo, 10, of Macomb, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, from injuries she sustained in a bicycle accident.
  She was born April 15, 1990, the daughter of Chris and Dorothy "Dorie" Seils Vallillo.
  She is survived by her parents, Chris and Dorie Vallillo; grandparents, Anthony and Margaret Vallillo of Elk Grove Village, and Robert and Marjorie Seils of Downers Grove; a great-aunt; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
  Emily would have been in 5th grade at Edison Grade School in Macomb.  She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.  She loved being outside in the country and loved animals of all kinds.
  Private family funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb.  Rev. Mike Thomas officiated and burial was at the Pennington Point Cemetery near Adair.  The Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the McDonough County Humane Society, P.O. Box 7, Macomb, IL 61465.

Obituary for Carolyn Cox Van Antwerp
Rushville Times, Oct. 6, 1999, page 15, column 3
  Carolyn Van Antwerp, 79, of Vermont, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  She was born July 25, 1920, in Vermont, the daughter of Paul J. and Rena Marie Haney Cox.  She married Thomas Van Antwerp on Oct. 1, 1994, in Vermont.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1998.
  She is survived by two stepsons, Thomas Van Antwerp, Jr., of Rockville, Va., and William Van Antwerp of Herndon, Va.; two step daughters, Mrs. William (Vida) Winkler of Silver Spring, Md., and Claire Van Antwerp of Manassas, Va.; 10 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren.; and one sister, Mrs. Jack (Doris Jean) Armstrong of Beverton, Ore.
  She was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Norman Cox.
  She worked as a beautician in Canton for 50 years, and was member and past president of American Legion Auxiliary #16, Fulton County 40 et 8, Women of the Moose Chapter 369, Rebekah Lodge #245, Order of Eastern Star Chapter 46, and member and past president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority.
  Funeral services were Friday at Kost Memorial Home in Vermont with Rev. Jerry Sawyer officiating.  Burial was in the Vermont Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Vermont Cemetery or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Agnes Geneva Phillips Vancil
May 4, 1988
Services Held For Agnes Vancil
  Agnes G. Vancil, 85, of Rushville died Tuesday, Apr. 26 at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  Services were held Thursday Apr. 28 at Roby Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Richard Herald officiated. Burial was in Rushville Cemetery.
  Born Dec. 18, 1902, in Oakland Township, Schuyler County, to Samuel W. and Katherine Montooth Phillips, she married Eber Vancil in April, 1924, in Schuyler County. He died March 30, 1965. One son, Cecil, one daughter, Mary Lou, two brothers and one sister also preceded her in death.
  Surviving are two sons, Ivan L. of Macomb and Maurice of Easton; one daughter, Mrs. James (Doris) Elmreich at Mt. Sterling; three brothers, George and Willard Phillips, both of Rushville and Harvey Phillips of Hersman; sisters, Mrs. Bertha Rebman, Mrs. Nina Walker and Mrs. Russell (Catherine) Sargent, all of Rushville; eight grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville and its Beacon Light Sunday School Class.
  Note: Eber's full name was Ollie Eber Vancil.

Obituary for Louisa "Louise" Jane Icenogle Vancil
died: March 12, 1904
Rushville Times, Mar. 17, 1904
Mrs. John W. Vancil
  Louisa, wife of John W. Vancil, passed away last Saturday morning at her home five miles south of Rushville, after a lingering illness of eight months. Mrs. Vancil was a happy Christian woman and ready to meet God in Peace. She leaves a husband and seven children, other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. The funeral was conducted at Ebenezer Union Baptist church Monday at 2 p.m. by Rev. W. T. Graham.
  Note: I have Louisa "Louise" Jane Icenogle married to John Milton Vancil.

Obituary for Ollie "Eber" Eber Vancil
April 8, 1965
Ollie Eber Vancil
  Ollie Eber Vancil, son of John and Louise Icenogle Vancil, was born in Bainbridge township, Schuyler county, April 27, 1892 and departed this life at his farm home March 30 at the age of 72 years, 11 months and three days.
  He was one of a happy family of seven children who from early childhood were taught the principles of integrity, thrift,  economy and love for their fellowmen, by loving and understanding parents whose ever ready wise counsel fitted them for their place in the community as good citizens.
  He was reared on the farm and received his education in the rural school at Hatfield.  He chose farming as his vocation in life and was a lifelong resident of Schuyler county, with the exception of the two years he served our country in World War I.   During that time, he was also a German prisoner.
  On April 4, 1923, he was united in marriage to Agnes Phillips, who is presently recovering from sur-gery at the Blessing hospital in Quincy.
  Also surviving are three children, Ivan of  Littleton, Maurice of Rushville and Doris, the wife of Lyle Logsdon of Adair; two brothers, Homer of Rushville and Herman of Hazel Park, Michigan; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Lisenbee and Mrs. Dora Wardell of Macomb and Mrs. Dorothy Goodwin of Rushville and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents (his mother passing away when he was only 12), one brother Karl, one son, Cecil Eugene who passed away at the age of five, and one daughter, Mary Lou at the age of three months.
  Eber, as he was familiarly known was of a happy jovial disposition and enjoyed having his family and friends around him.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his friends in time of need.
  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Roby Funeral chapel with Rev. Marshall H. Ervin in charge.  Burial was in the Rushville Cemetery.

Obituary for Fern M. Danner VanFossen
Rushville Times, August 23, 2000, page 13, column 4
Fern VanFossen
  Mrs. Fern M. VanFossen, 84, of Macomb, a former Rushville and Vermont resident, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  She was born April 17, 1916, in Ipava, the daughter of Noah and Roxie Vaughn Danner.
  She married Paul M. VanFossen on March 6, 1936, in Macomb.  He died Aug. 16, 1988.
  She also was preceded in death by one brother, Park, and one sister, Ila.
  She attended Ipava schools and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville.
  She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
  Funeral services were Tuesday at Kost Memorial Home with Rev. Scott Henley officiating and burial was in the Vermont Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to her church.

Eagle Publications, August 24, 2000
Fern M. VanFossen
  Fern M. VanFossen, 84, Macomb, a former Rushville and Vermont resident, died on Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at 11:50 p.m. at the McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  She was born on April 17, 1916, in Ipava the daughter of Noah and Roxie Vaughn Danner. She married Paul M. VanFossen on March 6, 1936, in Macomb. Paul died on Aug. 16, 1988.
  She was preceded in death by one brother, Park, and one sister, Ila.
  She attended the Ipava schools and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville.
  She is survived by numerous nephews and nieces.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. at Kost Memorial Home with Rev. Scott Henley officiating. Burial was in the Vermont Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Rushville.

Obituary for James K. Vann
Rushville Times, October 18, 1989
James Vann of Chicago Dies
  James K. Vann, 45, of Chicago, formerly of Mt. Sterling, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago.
  Memorial services were at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran General Hospital Chapel in Chicago.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and may be left at Hufnagel's Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling.
  He is survived by his wife, Lora of Chicago and his mother, Mrs. Merle P. Vann of Mt. Sterling.




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