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Keith Barnes

August 18, 1951 - October 10, 2016

Keith E. Barnes, 65, of Henry died on October 10, 2016 surrounded by his family. Born on August 18, 1951 to the late Clarence and Genevieve Prather Barnes in Princeton, he married Jo Anne Curlee in Henry on August 17, 1983.Keith worked at the Ranch House in high school and then Hageman Construction, building the dams for Lake Thunderbird and Lake Evergreen. He served his country as a medic in the...
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Steven E. Jesse

July 22, 1957 - October 4, 2016

VARNA- Steven E. Jesse, 59, of Varna, died at 10 AM on Tuesday October 4, 2016, at his residence.Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday October 08, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wenona with Fr. Steven McKinley officiating. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM on Friday, October 7, 2016 at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon and one hour prior to mass at church. Interment will be in St. Mary...
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Inez Moseley

March 27, 1930 - October 1, 2016

Inez L. Moseley, 86, of Eureka, formerly Varna, died on October 1, 2016 at Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka. Born in Magnolia on March 27, 1930 to the late William and Eva Hubbell Farling, she married Kenneth Kennedy on December 31, 1945. Mr. Kennedy passed away on July 3, 1969. She later married Kenneth Moseley on September 23, 1988. Mr. Moseley passed away on October 17, 1996.Inez was a...
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William Anderson

April 1, 1929 - September 29, 2016

William D. "Bill" Anderson, 87, of Lacon passed away at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon on September 29, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Peoria on April 1, 1929 to the late Harold and Anna Mildred Russell Anderson he married Joyce Shafer in Chillicothe on November 27, 1954. Joyce passed away on July 25, 2012.Bill worked as a cost accountant for Caterpillar for 23 years and was...
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Virginia E. Schumacher

January 8, 1924 - September 11, 2016

Virginia Schumacher, 92, of rural Washburn, died on September 11, 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon.Born on January 8, 1924 in Lacon to the late Gilbert and Josephine Loser Storm, she married Gilbert Schumacher on March 14, 1946 in Larose. Gilbert passed away in 1994. Virginia was an active farm wife and member of Trinity Lutheran Church in LaRose.She is survived by her daughter Linda ...
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Donna Mae Dunn

April 10, 1940 - September 9, 2016

Donna M. Dunn, 76, of Lacon, died on September 9, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. Born on April 10, 1940 in Peoria to the late Roy and Dorothy Davis Kee, she married Larry Dunn on February 13, 1960 in Pinckneyville, IL. Larry passed away in 2002.Donna is survived by her sister Gloria Drake of Colorado; brother Skip Kee of Taylorville, IL; sons Steven (Kelley) Dunn of Peoria, Tom (Leslie)...
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Judith Davis

November 27, 1939 - September 7, 2016

Judith M. Davis, 76, of Lake Wildwood, Varna, died on September 7, 2016 at her residence. Born on November 27, 1939 in Normal, IL to the late Joseph and Leona White Conibear, she married George Davis in Chatsworth on January 27, 1963. George passed away on February 24, 2015.Judith was an amazing cook and great with floral design. While raising a family, she worked at many floral shops, eventually...
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William Cordes

January 15, 1931 - August 27, 2016

William "Bill" F. Cordes, 85, of Lacon passed away at Unity Point Proctor in Peoria on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Bill was born on January 15, 1931 in rural Marshall County to the late W. Clare and Nellie Crank Cordes. He married Clara Pat Clark on December 2, 1961. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Suzann (Thomas) Spada of Springfield, Mary (Brad) Rohman of East Peoria, two grandsons...
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Franklin R. Dunn

March 6, 1933 - August 26, 2016

Franklin R. Dunn, 83, of Lacon formerly Chillicothe, died on August 26, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. Born in Lacon on March 6, 1933 to the late Morris and Bernadine Vest Dunn, he served in the Army in Korea 92nd Field Artillery as a forward observer. Frank was previously married and had four children. He then married Cynthia Cordes in Lacon on December 11, 1982 and they have three...
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Ralph Monier

January 29, 1918 - August 21, 2016

Ralph Leland Monier, 98, of Lacon, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2016 peacefully at his home. He was born January 29, 1918, in Sparland, to the late C. Leland and Vivian Weller Monier. He was the oldest of three sons.He married Ilene Steffens of Toluca on August 28, 1948 at the St. John's Lutheran Church of Toluca. She survives celebrating 68 years of marriage.Also surviving are: his daughter...
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Gary Kenyon

May 30, 1942 - August 20, 2016

Gary Kenyon, 74, of Lacon, died on August 20, 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing home in Lacon. He was born in Peoria on May 30, 1942 to the late Leonard & Helen Bestold Kenyon. Gary was married to Juanita "Susie" Smith and had four daughters. He served his country in the Army in Germany, worked on the railroad for a while, and worked at Caterpillar as an electrician for 30 years. After retiring...
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Irene Jason

April 24, 1922 - August 6, 2016

Irene Jason, 94, of rural Lacon and formerly Stover, MO passed away on August 5, 2016 in Peoria at Unity Point Proctor. Born on April 24, 1922 in Manlius, IL to the late Lee and Mabel Jackson Davis, she married Raymond R. Jason in Lacon on November 8, 1947. Raymond passed away on March 24, 2003.Irene was a cook, seamstress, and quilter. She owned the Lacon Cafe for four years in the 60's and...
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Dannie E. Crew, Jr.

July 2, 1973 - July 29, 2016

Dannie E. Crew, 43, of Chillicothe, Illinois formerly Lacon, died on July 29, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center Emergency Department. Born on July 2, 1973 in Peoria to Dannie and Kathey Adams Crew, he graduated from Mid- County High School in 1991.Dannie was a talented welder for many local shops such as Fennell's, Komatsu, Case, and most recently ProFab.Dan was artistic, creative and smart;...
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Ralph Daniels

March 29, 1938 - July 28, 2016

Ralph E. Daniels, 78, of Putnam, lately Crystal Lake, IL died on July 28, 2016 at Bickford Assisted Living and Memory Care of Crystal Lake. Born on March 29, 1938 in Henry to the late Lawrence and Zelda Wherry Daniels, he married Sandra Cordes on June 12, 1960 in Lacon. Sandy passed on January 11, 2009.Ralph was a 5th generation farmer on the family's Wherry Farm in Rural Putnam and a real Jack...
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Gwendolyn Powell

July 24, 1922 - July 24, 2016

Gwendolyn Powell, 94, of Lacon died July 24, 2016 at HCR Manor Care in Henry.She was born on July 24, 1922 to the late James E. and Elizabeth Humphrey Woodford. Gwendolyn worked at the Lacon Woolen Mill for over 30 years and at Hobbs in Spring Valley for over 20 years. She attended Pearce Community Center, enjoyed bingo, excellent at cards and spent lots of time helping others. She was a member...
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Delight Bobilya Wier

September 21, 1923 - July 13, 2016

Delight B. Wier, 93, of Lacon, died on July 13, 2016 at Country Comfort Retirement Home in Henry.September 21, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Elwena Bobilya, was born to Clarence L. and Inez Edna Bandalier Bobilya. An only child, known as A. Delight, she grew up on the family homestead, Bonnie Acres, in Monroe Township of Allen County.At age 4 her father took her to the one room school where he...
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Warren K. Chamberlain

June 4, 1927 - July 11, 2016

Warren K. Chamberlain, 89, of Lacon died July 11, 2016 at HCR Manor Care in Henry. Born on June 4, 1927 to the late Harry and Gertrude Junker Chamberlain, he married Ruth Okeberg in Oceanside CA on December 20, 1952. Warren then served 2 years in the Marines during Korea, spent over 20 years with the Marshall County Highway Department, worked at Vernon Henry Gravel Pit for over 20 years, and even...
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Duane K. Rinkenberger

September 4, 1933 - June 25, 2016

Duane K. "Sonny" Rinkenberger, 82, of Lacon died at Unity Point Methodist on June 25, 2016. Born in Washburn to the late Charles and Cecil Buck Rinkenberger on September 4, 1933 he married Edith Long on April 10, 1959 in Lacon.Duane was an LP delivery man for FS for over 20 years retiring in 1986. He won many trips to exotic locations for his top sales performance. He loved traveling with Edith...
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Lois J. Hattan

January 3, 1954 - June 24, 2016

Lois J. Hattan, 62, of Lacon, died on June 24, 2016 at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe. She was born on January 3, 1954 to Glenn and Shirley Holler Hattan in Peoria and graduated from Mid-County High School.Lois was a former 4H member and a great bowler in the American Wheelchair Bowling Association. She was a life member and traveled the nation bowling.Lois is survived by her mother Shirley;...
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Gary Brashear

May 10, 1961 - June 23, 2016

Gary Brashear, 55, of Putnam, died on June 23, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. Born on May 10, 1961 to the late Roy and Shirley File Brashear in Highland, IL he married Pam Harmon on August 5, 1989 in Lacon.Gary was the Industrial Arts teacher in the Henry Senachwine High School for 17 years, later becoming the Superintendent of Deland- Weldon High School. He was a member of the...
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Inva Strong

September 4, 1914 - June 22, 2016

Inva D. Strong, 101, of Lacon, IL passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on September 4, 1914 in Princeville, IL to Alfred and Nora Strong, and had lived her entire life in the family home in Lacon. Inva was preceded in death by 6 brothers, Gerald "Mutt", Harlan "Hoddy , Orville "Barney", Donald, Carl and Morse Strong, and 3 sisters,...
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Donald Oltman

September 14, 1956 - June 17, 2016

Donald E. Oltman, 59, of Henry, died on June 17, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born in Peoria on September 14, 1956 to the late Earl and Lois Bryden Oltman, he married Mary Wosik on December 30, 1983 in Henry.Don is survived by his wife Mary; sons Dave, Dan (Becca) & Jake Oltman; grandsons Oakley, Alex & Isaac Oltman; sisters Jeanne (Marion) Bende'le, Sandy (Terry...
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William Holler

July 30, 1948 - June 13, 2016

William "B. Jay" Holler, age 67, of Lacon passed away at Unity Point Methodist Hospital on Monday, June 13, 2016. B. Jay was born in Peoria on July 30, 1948 to William John and Imelda Henkins Holler. He married Karen Thompson on June 1st, 1969 in Lacon. He is survived by his wife Karen and one daughter, Wylee (Todd) Bickerman of Lacon, two grandchildren Ella and Tucker Bickerman,...
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Dolores Papiez

September 7, 1930 - June 6, 2016

Dolores V. Papiez, formerly of Lake Wildwood Varna, died on June 6, 2016 at Salem Village Nursing Home in Joliet. Born on September 7, 1930 in Harvey, IL to the late Steven and Stella Siorek Slowik, she married Frank L. Papiez on September 9, 1950 in Harvey. Frank passed away on February 16, 2009. She was a wife, mother, and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wenona.Surviving are her...
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Verla M. McFarlin

July 24, 1933 - May 8, 2016

Verla M. McFarlin, 82, of Sparland passed away peacefully with her children by her side at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria on May 8, 2016. Born in Benson on July 24, 1933 to the late Jacob and Emma Denne Oltman, she married Walter McFarlin on May 29, 1952 in Washburn. Walter died on July 24, 2004.Surviving are her children: Julie (Don) Dawson of Hopewell; Dan McFarlin of Island Lake;...
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David D. Frye

March 4, 1948 - May 7, 2016

David D. Frye, 68, of Henry died May 7, 2016 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria. Born in Spring Valley on March 4, 1948 to the late Paul and Edith Dennis Frye, he married Jeanette Corkill on May 26, 2002. Jeanette died on July 1, 2015. Over the years David worked at Minnie Machine, McNabb Motorsports, and Northwoods Community Church's Chillicothe Center where he was also a faithful member.David is...
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Patricia Taylor

November 21, 1956 - May 3, 2016

Patricia "Patty" Taylor, 59, of Braidwood, formerly Chillicothe, died on May 3, 2016 at her residence. Born November 21, 1956 in Peoria to the late Delbert and Ula Buckingham Bean, she was raised by her late grandparents George and Margaret Bean. She married Elmer Taylor on November 21, 1983 in Lacon and he survives. Also surviving are her children Stacy (Jeff) Schott of Braidwood; Shane (Angela)...
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Marjorie Mae Palm

October 18, 1929 - May 2, 2016

Marjorie Mae Palm, age 86, of 510 Adams Street, Varna, passed away at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 at Advocate Hospital in Eureka, Illinois. She was born October 18, 1929 in rural Lostant to Raymond J. and Emily Lock Shawback. She married Lloyd E. Palm on January 27, 1949 in Lostant. He preceded her in death in 2009. She is survived by three sons; Steve (Karen) Palm, of Des Moines, Iowa;...
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Marjorie Burnell

June 18, 1929 - May 2, 2016

Marjorie J. Burnell, 86, of Varna died at McLean County Nursing Home on May 2, 2016. Born on June 18, 1929 in Sparland to the late Thomas and Madeline Bort Lishman, she married Louis Burnell on July 17, 1947 in LaRose. Louis died on November 14, 1998. She was a former member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Varna and a current member of Trinity Lutheran in Bloomington.Marjorie is survived by: her...
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Imelda Lois Holler

April 24, 1920 - April 29, 2016

Imelda Lois Holler, 96, of Lacon, IL passed away at 3:05 PM Friday, April 29, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria.She was born April 24, 1920 at her home in Putnam, IL to the late Miles and Matilda Hatcher Henkins. She married Thomas Frew on October 30, 1940. They had one son, Thomas (Geri) Frew Jr. of Glendale Hts., IL. They divorced shortly after WWII ended. She then married...
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Robert Earl Wall

July 11, 1936 - April 20, 2016

Robert "Bob" Earl Wall, 79, of Lacon, IL, passed away on April 20, 2016, at 4:17 p.m. at his home with his family at his side. He was born July 11, 1936, in Springfield IL, the son of Earl G. and Esther (Finnegan) Wall. He was a 1954 graduate of Bloomington High School and graduated from Bradley University in 1958, where he was a two-time letterman in tennis. After graduation, he was a member...
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Gene Keedy

February 26, 1933 - April 20, 2016

Clinton Gene Keedy, 83, of Varna, IL passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his residence.He was born February 26, 1933 in San Antonio, TX to Clinton J. and Ruby E. (Petersen) Keedy. He married Virginia T. Jenkins on April 28, 1962 at St. Ann's Parsonage in Toluca, IL. She survives. Also surviving are his daughter Cheri Keedy of Lacon, IL; son Mike Keedy of Varna, IL; his...
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Clyde Allen Rickey

January 29, 1927 - April 17, 2016

Clyde Allen Rickey, 85, of Lacon, died on April 17, 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Lacon on January 29, 1927 to the late Jesse and Clarabelle Crank Rickey, he married Imogene Kenyon Stuff in Sparland on August 15, 1970.Clyde was an operating engineer and member of Local #649 for over 50 years, and served in the Navy during WWII. He enjoyed socializing with his wife, family,...
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Ward Leroy Bivens

January 29, 1939 - April 16, 2016

Ward LeRoy Bivens, 77, of Lacon, IL, died peacefully with his family by his side at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria, IL on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm.A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:00 am at the Varna United Methodist Church, followed immediately by a memorial service at 11:00. Reverend Mike Barclay will officiate. A luncheon at the church...
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Danny Michael Kitts

August 11, 1951 - April 13, 2016

Danny Kitts, 64, of Lacon passed away Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at 5:52 am at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Peoria to James and Marion (Chioni) Kitts on August 11th, 1951. He is survived by his wife Jan Clifton-Kitts of Lacon, mother Marion Kitts of Lacon, brothers Dick Kitts of East Peoria and Gary (Darcie) Kitts of Sparland,...
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Robert L. Jackson

September 14, 1936 - March 25, 2016

Robert L. Jackson, 79, formerly of Lacon and rural Chillicothe, died on March 25, 2016 at Brownsburg Meadows nursing Facility in Brownsburg, IN. Born September 14, 1936 to the late Alfred and Helen Stiles Jackson in Peoria; he married Shirley Chatman and raised three children. He later married Donna Bertrang. She preceded him in death. Robert was a Teamster truck driver for over 25 years,...
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Larry E. Clare

August 17, 1954 - March 23, 2016

Larry Clare, 61, of Sparland, died on March 23, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born August 17, 1954 to the late Christopher and Maxine Beaumont Clare in Peoria, he married Debbie Adams on February 3, 1973 in Marshall County.Larry was employed by Caterpillar for 34 years as a sub assembler, retiring in 2010. After retiring Larry spent a lot of time camping and working with horses...
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Lavonne L. King

November 10, 1924 - March 13, 2016

Lavonne L. King, 91 of Varna died at 4:30 pm at St. Joseph's Nursing home in Lacon on March 13, 2016. Born on November 10, 1924 in Amboy to the late Frank and Elizabeth Stuber Marliere, she married Cecil King in Lacon on March 28, 1943. Cecil passed on April 20, 1999. Lavonne was a member of Calvary Bible Church in Lacon and formerly a member of the Lacon and Streator Churches of the Nazarene....
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Anita M. Bagzis-Mahle

February 26, 1939 - February 14, 2016

Anita M. Bagzis-Mahle, 76, of Henry died on February 14, 2016 at St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley. She was born in Litchfield to the late Anton and Anna Bernot Bagzis on February 26, 1939. She married Joseph Mahle on January 25, 1993 in Morris, IL. Joe passed away on November 22, 2014.Anita worked in the trucking industry as a manifest clerk for several companies in the Chicago land...
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Richard L. DeLay

August 19, 1969 - February 9, 2016

Richard L. "Rick" DeLay, 46, of Minonk died on February 9, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born in Pekin on August 19, 1969 to Richard and Celia Arms DeLay, he married Amy Zilm in Washburn on May 13, 2006.Rick was a Safety Specialist at CNH Industrial in Goodfield for over 5 years.Surviving are his wife Amy, mother Celia DeLay of Manito, sisters Teresa (Jack) Laney of Toluca and...
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Andrea A. Dalrymple

December 22, 1961 - January 31, 2016

Andrea A. Dalrymple, 54, of rural Lacon, formerly Sparland died on January 31, 2016 at Richard L. Owens Hospice House in Peoria. Born in Peoria to the late William and Grace Pringle Bryden on December 22, 1961, she married Charles "Mike" Dalrymple at the LaPrairie United Presbyterian Church on October 23, 1982. Andrea had many jobs over the years. She worked at the Sparland Post Office and was an...
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Theresa L. Hill

February 23, 1931 - January 30, 2016

Theresa L. Hill, 85, of Lacon, died on January 30 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Lacon on January 23, 1931 to the late Joseph and Anna Marie Modro Doll, she married Harry W. Hill on May 17, 1958 in Lacon. Harry died June 1, 2008. Over the years Theresa worked at many businesses in the local community. She was a member of the American Legion Post 593 Women's Auxiliary...
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Theresa L. Hill

January 23, 1931 - January 30, 2016

Theresa L. Hill, 85, of Lacon, died on January 30, 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Lacon on January 23, 1931 to the late Joseph and Anna Marie Modro Doll, she married Harry W. Hill on May 17, 1958 in Lacon. Harry died June 1, 2008. Over the years Theresa worked at many businesses in the local community. She was a member of the American Legion Post 593 Women's...
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Luther Allison III

July 30, 1963 - January 21, 2016

Luther "Luke" Allison III,52, of Chillicothe formerly Sparland, died on January 21, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. Born in Peoria on July 30, 1963 to the late Luther and Maxine Beaumont Allison, he married Carol Throan on February 8, 1992 in Lacon. Luke worked at Foster and Gallagher in Peoria in magazine sales, in car sales at Green Chevrolet, and then was a bus driver for...
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Phyllis J. Wabel

September 15, 1926 - January 18, 2016

Phyllis J. Wabel, 89, of Peoria, formerly Lacon, died on January 18, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria. Born to the late Howard and Verna Sinclair West in Henry on September 15, 1926, she married Clarence Wabel in Lacon on June 22, 1946. Clarence died August 16, 2002.Phyllis was a member of the Lacon Legion Auxiliary for many years. Phyllis was a homemaker, busy raising three daughters. She ...
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Richard McAllister

July 25, 1937 - January 14, 2016

Richard S. "Bud" McAllister, 78, of Lacon, died on January 14, 2016 at Heartland Healthcare in Henry. Born in Henry on July 25, 1937 to the late Park and Marion Sivell McAllister, he married Renee Klein on April 12, 1996 in Lacon. She survives.Bud was a park ranger at the Marshall County Conservation Area for Illinois DNR for over 30 years, retiring in 1997. He also was a member of the...
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Robert Loy

June 12, 1929 - January 11, 2016

Robert V. Loy, 86, of Lacon died on January 11, 2016 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Kansas City, MO on June 12, 1929 to the late Phillip and Evelyn McCoskrie Loy he married Marilyn Schrock on June 26, 1955 and had 4 children. He later married Pam Nye on July 30, 1983 in Lacon. She survives. He graduated from Northwestern University where he was a cheerleader and entered the US...
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Barbara Anne Ankney

March 19, 1943 - January 1, 2016

Barbara Anne Ankney, age 72, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of January 1, 2016 at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Lacon, Illinois. Barbara suffered from early onset Alzheimer's disease for the last 6 years of her life.Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Barry, of Washburn, Illinois; her son, Jonathan (Lynn) of Chicago, Illinois; and her grandchildren,...
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Dorothy Myers

May 9, 1933 - December 12, 2015

Dorothy A. "Bunnie" Myers, 82, of Henry, formerly Havana & Easton, died December 12, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare in Henry. Born on May 9, 1933 in Easton to the late James and Dorothy Leesman Van Etten, she married Dale Phelps and had three children. She later was married to John Myers. Dorothy was a homemaker, mom, and later a legal secretary.Surviving Dorothy are her children,...
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Doris Jean Brown

April 29, 1926 - December 11, 2015

LACON-Doris Jean Brown, 89, of Lacon passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria.She was born in Lacon on April 29, 1926 a daughter to James Benjamin and Emma May Sherick Moreland. She married Harold I. Brown, Sr. on May 17, 1947. He preceded her in death on September 17, 2002.Surviving are her children, Kathleen Brown, Lacon; Harold I. Brown, Jr. Germantown Hills;...
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Shirley Crocker

May 18, 1934 - December 10, 2015

Shirley Crocker, 81, of Peoria formerly Lacon, died on December 10, 2015 at her residence.Born on May 18, 1934 in Peoria to the late Charles and Violet Chapman Smith, she married Charles Crocker on September 22, 1952 in Lacon. From 1957 until 1966 they resided in Peru South America. Charles died May 12, 2000. Shirley was a beautician out of her home in Lacon for many years, later working in a...
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Beatrice J. Dalrymple

April 12, 1938 - November 21, 2015

Beatrice Dalrymple of Lacon, died on November 21, 2015 in Davenport IA. Born April 12, 1938 to the late Willard and Edna Hawksworth Vest, she worked at Caterpillar for 20 years as a clerk.Bea is survived by her children: Randy Holocker of Chillicothe, Mark (Rose Ann) Holocker of Chillicothe, Michelle (Eric) Reitz of Washington, Melody Holocker of Dixon; sisters Judy Armstrong of Lacon, Cheryl ...
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George Smith

August 11, 1935 - November 13, 2015

George Walter Smith, 80, of Lacon passed away on November 13, 2015 at Kindred Hospital in Peoria.Born on August 11, 1935 in Peoria the son of the late Charles and Violet Chapman Smith, George married Ruth Clark on July 29, 1963 in Wahiawa Oahu, Hawaii.George served proudly in the US Navy for 21 years rising to the rank of First Class E6 as a fire control technician. He was blessed with two...
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Sharon Joanne Lenz

January 19, 1935 - November 12, 2015

Sharon Lenz, 80, of Lacon died on November 12, 2015 at Unity Point Proctor Emergency room in Peoria. Born on January 19, 1935 to the late Harry and Cecilia Neuhalfen Mead in Chillicothe, she married Ronald P. Lenz on October 26, 1957. Ron passed on September 17, 2006. Sharon was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Alter and Rosary Society. She was the owner of Craft Corner in Lacon...
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Billie M. Ahlstrom

August 29, 1923 - November 9, 2015

Billie M. Ahlstrom, 92, of Lacon, died on November 9, 2015 at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. Born on August 29, 1923 in Lacon to the late Arthur and Dorotha Gates Fleming, she married Lloyd Ahlstrom on November 29, 1941 in Varna. Lloyd died on June 2, 2006.Billie worked at the Lacon Woolen Mill and later at the Lacon Seal Company.Billie is survived by her son Greg (Vicki) Ahlstrom of Aurora,...
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Marjorie S. Lenz

May 23, 1938 - October 27, 2015

Marjorie S. Lenz, 77, of Sparland, and formerly Lacon, died on Monday, October 27, 2015, at her home.She was born on May 23, 1938 in Chicago to the late Marshall and Florence Pedley Smith. Surviving are her children: Andy (Lynn) Lenz of Colona; Laura (Tom) Eboli of Downers Grove; and Steve Lenz of Lacon; sister Barb (Dick) Green of Naples, FL; and grandchildren Annie, Katie, Elizabeth, Andrew and...
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Keneth Simpson

January 12, 1927 - October 18, 2015

Bernard Sampson, age 86, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Emerald Crossings. He was born on January 12, 1927 to the late James and Matilda Sampson in Lima, Ohio. Bernard was a fun loving family man and outdoorsman with a passion for the Buckeyes and Roughriders and an appreciation of good food and travel. He was a long time member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. Bernard was preceded...
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Kristen Curtis

August 29, 1956 - October 17, 2015

Kristen Curtis, 59, of Fenton, MO formerly Tremont, died on October 17, 2015 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, MO.Born on August 29, 1956 to Lois DeWitt Miller and the Late Wilbur Miller, she married Chris Curtis on February 28, 1987 in Lacon.Surviving are her husband Chris and son Corey of Fenton, MO; mother Lois Miller of Hopedale, sisters Marsha (Dave) Markas of Washington, IL; Marlys Balman...
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Margaret Hall

July 28, 1933 - October 17, 2015

Margaret Hall was born in Columbus on July 28, 1933. She passed away on Friday, March 1, 2013. A resident at the Forum at Knightsbridge for many years. She was a graduate of Newark High School, Class of 1951. A graduate of The Ohio State University, with a BA, Class of 1955, where she was a member of Chi Omega. Mrs. Dupler worked for the Federal Government from 1955 to 1957. She retired from...
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Ross Lee Wilson

April 14, 1944 - October 16, 2015

Ross Lee Wilson, 68 of Columbus,died Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at his home. He was born April 14, 1944 in Cadiz, OH to the late Victor and Edith (Carrothers) DeWalt. He was a member of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening, bowling, hunting and golf. He is preceded in death by his first wife Faye Ann DeWalt, two daughters Karla Denise DeWalt and Mary Newell Rogers and five...
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Sara Jones Anderson

June 6, 1933 - October 15, 2015

Sara J. Anderson (nee VanGilder), 79, of Columbus, Ohio passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on March 1, 2013. She was born June 6, 1933 in Fairmont, WV to the late Sara (Springer) and Charles W. Van Gilder, Sr. She graduated from East Fairmont High School, earned a Bachelor's degree from Fairmont State College and her Master's degree from The Ohio State University. She taught and retired...
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Wayne Young

November 19, 1924 - October 14, 2015

Wayne Young, 88, of Upper Arlington, entered into rest Wednesday, February 27, 2013. He was born November 19, 1924 in Onarga, Ill. Wayne was a veteran of WWII in the Military Police providing security on the Manhattan facility at Richland, Washington. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Management at Purdue University. Member of Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity and Delta Lambda...
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Joseph Harris

March 2, 1977 - October 13, 2015

Joseph Wilson Harris (Joey), 35, from Gahanna, Ohio passed away Saturday, February 23, 2013 at his home. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, T. Emerson Reese, paternal grandmother, Oma Harris and grandfather, Clyde Harris, uncles, Edward Reese, Howard Creed and Marvin Cremeans. He is survived by his mother, Dr. Judith A. Reese Harris and father James Wilson Harris of Gahanna;...
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Michael Gray

April 15, 1943 - October 13, 2015

Michael Gray. One person can make a difference in this world, and that was Larry Carlson. His engaging smile, wonderful laugh, quick wit, friendly and kind personality along with his steadfast loyalty to others, were qualities that were enduring to family, friends and colleagues. During Larry's well fought battle, these personality traits and strengths were evident, daily. He died in Bonita...
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Justin W. Edge

December 8, 1920 - October 7, 2015

Funeral services for Justin William Edge, 94, of Davenport, IA, formerly of Lacon, IL and Scales Mound, IL/Shullsburg, WI area will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 12 at Lacon Congregational United Church of Christ, 205 N. Prairie St. The Rev. Ross Wyman will officiate. Justin's family will greet friends Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at Lenz Memorial Home, Lacon. There will be an additional visitation on...
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Marian Marie Koch

January 28, 1921 - September 30, 2015

Marian Marie (Burns) Koch was born at home in Princeville, IL on January 28th, 1921 a daughter of Irene (Hayes) and Charles Burns. She was the fifth of their nine children. She attended both Princeville Elementary and High School, the first in her family to graduate. A child of the Great Depression, she worked hard her entire life. She helped her mother at home with the younger children and also...
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Norma Stroup

July 4, 1923 - September 24, 2015

Norma J. Stroup, 92, of Henry died on September 24, 2015 at 10:20 pm at her daughter's residence.Born on July 4, 1923 in Henry to the late Fred and Grace Maubach Klein, she married Charles Stroup on November 29, 1945 in Lacon. Charlie passed away on October 14, 1991. Norma worked at Murphy's Market in Henry and did housekeeping in Henry for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in...
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Mary Marzella Piper

March 27, 2015 - September 13, 2015

Mary Marzella Piper, 92, of Lacon died on September 13, 2015 at her residence. Born on March 27, 1923 in Streator to J.R. and Anne Connor Cahill, she married Charles Piper on November 28, 1947 in Lacon. Charlie passed away on October 1, 2000. Marzella was a teacher for over 30 years for the Mid- County School District, mostly as a Title 1 reading instructor. She was a member of Immaculate...
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William H. Guede

November 24, 1922 - August 29, 2015

William H. Guede, 92, of Lacon died on August 29, 2015 at Unity Point Proctor in Peoria. Born on November 24, 1922 to the late Herman and Virginia Blackburn Guede in Lacon, he married Beverly Tool on December 13, 1947 in Lacon.Bill worked in the lumber industry for over 50 years, working for local yards such as Miller Lumber and Allen Lumber. Bill was also part owner in B & D Lumber, Past...
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Thomas F. Kepper

March 15, 1936 - August 26, 2015

Thomas F. Kepper, 79, of Lacon died on August 26, 2015 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon.Born in Peoria to the late Thomas and Cleo Forbes Kepper, he worked at Caterpillar for 30 years as a storage control man retiring in 1994. He was a member of UAW 974 and of the Catholic Faith.Tom married Barb Russell on December 31, 1954 and they had 6 children: Dan (Susan) Davis of Henry, Gary (Linda...
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Clinton Lee Garbe

June 23, 1981 - August 18, 2015

Clinton Lee "Clint" Garbe, 34, of rural Washburn, formerly Mattoon passed away after a year long battle with brain cancer on August 18, 2015 at his home. Born in Mattoon on June 23, 1981 to Albert and Lori Hampton Garbe, he married Carissa Harlan on July 11, 2015 in North Pekin.Clint was a member of Local Sheet Metal Workers #1 and was employed by Garber Heating and Air Conditioning in Morton. He...
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Marilyn Klinker

December 3, 1931 - August 18, 2015

Marilyn F. Klinker, 83, of Lacon died at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon.She was born December 3, 1931, in Minooka, Illinois to William and Loretta Feeney. She married Robert Klinker on June 14, 1950 in Hartland, Illinois. He preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 2000.Marilyn is survived by her five children; Debby Klinker, Geneva; Kathy (Tim) Atkins, Laughlin...
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Wilma J. Pratt

June 19, 1925 - August 15, 2015

Wilma J. Pratt, 90 of Henry, died on August 15, 2015 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born on June 19, 1925 in La Prairie Township to the late Glen and Charlotte Danhof Malone, she married Dayle W. Pratt, Sr. in Ottawa on July 28, 1946. Dayle passed away on March 6, 1974. Wilma was a driver's license examiner for the Secretary of State of Illinois at the Lacon facility for 18 years...
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Wallace A. Carlson

April 14, 1925 - August 10, 2015

Wallace A. Carlson, 90, of Henry, passed away on August 10, 2015 at Manor Court Skilled Care in Peoria. Born on April 14, 1925 in Magnolia, IL to the late John Albert and Mary Smith Carlson, he married Irene Anderson on February 21, 1946 in Varna. Irene passed away in July of 2001.Wally served his country in the Army Air Corp during World War II and returned home to work at Ford Tractor Company...
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Roderick E. Long

January 11, 1938 - August 7, 2015

Roderick E. Long, 77, of Sparland died on August 7, 2015 at Grandview Special Care in Peoria. Born on January 11, 1938 in Lacon to the late Herman and Josephine Keedy Long, he married Sharon White on March 21, 1970 in Bloomington. Sharon died April 14, 2004. Rod spent 36 years at Caterpillar from a welder to Quality Control repairman; he also repaired household appliances in the community for...
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Donna J. Endress

January 16, 1930 - July 30, 2015

SPARLAND-Donna J Endress, 85, of Sparland, died on July 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm at Heartland Healthcare Center in Henry.She was born in Peoria on June 16, 1930 to the late Clarence and Helen Updyke Vest.She married David R. Endress in Peoria on December 11, 1949. He preceded her in death on December 21, 2014.She is survived by a son Steve (Susie) Endress of Kankakee; daughter Sue (Ray) Allen of Speer...
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Darrin Lancaster

August 12, 1971 - July 26, 2015

Darrin Wade "Charlie" Lancaster, 43, of LaRose died on July 26, 2015 in Larose. Born on August 12, 1971 in Streator to John and Judy Schumacher Lancaster, he was a Mid- County High School graduate raised in Varna. Charlie loved participating in benefit motorcycle rides, mushroom hunting, fishing and anything outdoors. Golfing was a love that his brother Dave shared with him.Charlie is survived by...
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Edward Pyles

May 23, 1961 - July 20, 2015

Edward D. Pyles, 54, of Enid, OK formerly of Lacon died on July 20, 2015 at his mother's residence.He was born on May 23, 1961 in Peoria to Eugene and Janice Rusk Pyles. For over 25 years Ed traveled this country delivering goods as an over the road truck driver for the companies of Midwest Sand & Gravel, Knoblach, RJR, Purdy, Knight, and Caruthers. He also loved farming.Ed is survived by...
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Dolores E. Baker

November 24, 1928 - July 19, 2015

Dolores E. Baker,86, of Lake Wildwood, Varna died on July 19, 2015 at Country Comfort in Henry. Born in Chicago on November 24, 1928 to the late Michael and Marie Leiner Elsen, she married Donald T. Baker on December 27, 1952 in Chicago. Don passed away December 12, 2004. She was an active member of the Varna Women's Club and the Altar and Rosary Society at Immaculate Conception.Dolores is...
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Joel Bennington

September 29, 1938 - July 16, 2015

Joel T. Bennington, 76, of Toluca, formerly Lacon, died on July 16, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare in Henry. Born on September 29, 1938 in Lowpoint, IL to the late Russell and Virginia Nyman Bennington, he was married to Maria Perona on March 21, 1961. He later married Frances Brown on February 14, 1969 in Varna.Joel was a salesman in the building materials industry. He was a die hard Cubs fan who...
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John R. Beck

December 16, 1923 - July 6, 2015

John R. Beck, 89, of Lacon died on July 6, 2015 at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born in Sparland on December 16, 1925 to the late John and Ila Hodge Beck, he graduated from Sparland High School in 1944. Soon after graduation, John enlisted in the Army and proudly served as a Sergeant in the European Theater during WWII where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon completion of his military...
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Larry L. Geick

June 6, 1935 - July 3, 2015

Larry L. Geick, 80, died on July 3, 2015 in Lacon, IL. Born in Peoria to the late Fred and Florence Theilbar Geick of Mossville, he married Marjorie Flanigan in 1956. Larry graduated from Manual H.S. in Peoria in 1953 and completed a BS in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering at Parks College (St. Louis) in 1956 while part of the ROTC program. Following graduation, he proudly served his country in...
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Jeanette Frye

July 19, 1942 - July 1, 2015

Jeanette E. Frye, 72, of Henry died at OSF St. Francis Medical Center on July 1, 2015. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas on July 19, 1942 to the late Fred and Ruby Vannoy Corkill, she married Irving Gallant and had five children. Irving passed in 1999 and she then married David Frye in Sparland on May 26, 2002. He survives.Jeanette was a nurse for over 30 years retiring in 1986 to care for Irving....
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Charles W. Lundgren

August 3, 1926 - June 27, 2015

Charles W. Lundgren, 88, formerly of Varna passed away Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Heartland Healthcare Center in Henry, IL. He was born on Aug. 3, 1926 the son of the late Clinton and Lucille Franklin Lundgren. He lived his entire life in Roberts Township as a farmer. He assisted his father and grandfather in general livestock farming, but his great love was for Hereford cattle. He enjoyed...
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William L. McCully

July 29, 1930 - June 26, 2015

William L. McCully, 84, of Lacon died and went to be with Jesus on June 26, 2015 at his residence. Born to the late Gilbert and Edith Craig McCully in rural Lacon on July 29, 1930 he married Norma Jean Fervier on December 3, 1955.He enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting, bowled in leagues, and belonged to the local euchre club. Bill went to Branson and also took bus trips with Norma and friends. Most...
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Dorothy I. Frank

August 31, 1937 - June 23, 2015

Dorothy I. Frank, 77, of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, formerly of Sparland, IL died on June 23, 2015 at her residence. Born on August 31, 1937 in Normandy, IL to the late Harry and Sylvia Poff Lee, she married Warren Whelchel in December of 1959. Warren passed in September of 1967. She later married Robert Frank in June of 1968 and he passed March 10, 2003.She is survived by: her daughter...
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Norm Crook

November 2, 1956 - June 23, 2015

Norman D. Crook, 58, of Lacon died on June 23 at 7:34 am at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born on November 2, 1956 in Spring Valley to Alford and Helen Kitts Crook, he married Diane Clegg in Streator on Sept. 18, 1982. Norm was employed at the Marshall County Highway Department, working his way to Supervisor. He kept our roads open and highways repaired for forty years. He is survived...
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Carl William Rott

March 27, 1930 - June 17, 2015

Carl W. Rott, 85, of Henry died at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL on June 17, 2015 at 8:30 PM. Born on March 27, 1930 to the late Harold and Anna Diehl Rott, he married Josie Stoos in March of 1954. She died in September 1966. Carl then married Barbara Eggemeier on Sept. 6, 1968 and she passed in January of 1983. For over 30 years he has been married to Donna Earley. They were married...
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Joseph L. Martin

May 30, 1946 - June 8, 2015

Joseph Lee Martin, 69, of Lacon died June 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm at Heritage Healthcare in Chillicothe. Born to the late William and Catherine Reed Martin in Peoria on May 30, 1946 he married Edith "Kay" Daughterty in 1966 and later married Bette Gohl Kelly on May 8, 2006 in Spring Bay. She survives.Joe was a machinist at Caterpillar and a member of UAW 974 for 30 years. He loved coon hunting with...
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Daniel Rain Staley

February 20, 2015 - June 2, 2015

Daniel Rain Staley, 3 ½ months, of Varna died on June 2, 2015 at 12:15 am at his home. He was born on February 20, 2015 to Jacob and Randi Marshall Staley in Peoria IL.Surviving are his parents; grandparents Ron and Janet Marshall of Varna, Robin (Joe) Garro of Gillette, WY; Elmer Staley of Belle Fourche, SD; Great Grandmother Betty Marshall of McNabb; aunts Sarah Marshall of Varna; Stefanie...
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Gary Ehringer

June 15, 1949 - May 20, 2015

Gary W. Ehringer, 65, of Lacon died at his residence on May 20, 2015 at 4:00 am. Born on June 15, 1949 in Bremerton, WA to the late Joseph W. and Katherine VanDeVeer Ehringer, Gary married Mary Lou Blundell on April 11, 1991 in Lacon. Mary Lou passed on January 19, 2015. Gary was employed by Caterpillar for 8 years, then working and later managing the Lacon Country Club for over 10 years. Later,...
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Diane M. Nenninger

May 21, 1933 - May 17, 2015

Diane M. Nenninger, 81, of Lake Wildwood near Varna, IL died on May 17, 2015 at her residence. Born to the late Ernest and Loretta Felion Breyer in Fargo, ND; she married Robert Nenninger on November 21, 1953 in Fargo. Thru her life, Diane worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Tom Wiener in Elmhurst, as a crossing guard in Oak Park, and a care giver for Community Care of Pekin. She was a member of...
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Henry Nixon

February 27, 1952 - May 11, 2015

Henry Michael "Hank" Nixon, 63, of 15 Bayshore Dr. Lacon, Illinois passed away peacefully at 4:50 PM on May 11, 2015 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital surrounded by family and friends.Hank was born on February 27, 1952 in Cumberland, Maryland to Lyle Eugene and Evelyn Jean Zilm Nixon. He is survived by his son, Brian and Lindsay (Fenoglia) Nixon of Chillicothe, IL; a daughter, Kristin Nixon of...
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John S. Ozga

March 13, 1953 - May 9, 2015

Sparland- John S. Ozga, 62, of Sparland, passed away at 1:33 AM on Saturday May 9, 2015 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center ER in Peoria.Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 14, 2015 at 1 PM at Lenz Memorial Home in Lacon. Deacon Bob Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be held two hours prior to services from 11 AM -1 PM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Sparland Cemetery,...
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Dusty Bestold

April 17, 1970 - May 8, 2015

LACON- Robert "Dusty" Bestold, 44, of Lacon, died at 12:40 PM on Friday May 8, 2015 in Peoria.He was born in Peoria on July 17, 1970, a son of Robert Sr. Dorothy Kee Bestold.Surviving are his father Robert of Lacon; his daughter Kora Bestold of Seattle, WA; his sister, Stacy (Gary) Schoepke of Lacon; and his 3 nieces, Emmalie, Maggie, and Izabelle Schoepke.He was preceded in death by his mother...
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Veramae Arends

April 13, 1921 - May 5, 2015

Veramae Arends, 94, of Lacon, IL passed away peacefully at 5:27 am on Tuesday May 5, 2015 at her residence. She was born on April 13, 1921 in rural Benson, IL to Gilford and Emma Thierer Patterson. She married Henry H. Arends on January 11, 1941 in Benson, IL. He passed away on December 4, 2002.Surviving are three sons: Lyle (Susan) Arends of Georgetown, TX; Doug (Shiryl) Arends of El Paso, IL;...
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Helen E. Harms

January 20, 1940 - May 4, 2015

Helen E. Harms of Heritage Healthcare Chillicothe died on May 4th at 2:05pm at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. She was born to the late Charles and Mary Baker Leffingwell in Weston, IL on November 6, 1917. Helen married Kenneth Vermilyea on January 20, 1940 and later married Edward Harms on November 23, 1963. Both gentlemen preceded her. She worked for Vernon Henry Construction for 30 years,...
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Helen E. Harms

November 6, 1917 - May 4, 2015

Helen E. Harms of Heritage Healthcare Chillicothe died on May 4th at 2:05pm at Unity Point Methodist in Peoria. She was born to the late Charles and Mary Baker Leffingwell in Weston, IL on November 6, 1917. Helen married Kenneth Vermilyea on January 20, 1940 and later married Edward Harms on November 23, 1963. Both gentlemen preceded her. She worked for Vernon Henry Construction for 30 years,...
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Ralph L. Buck

October 29, 1917 - April 19, 2015

Ralph L. Buck, 97 of Lacon died on April 19, 2015 at Unity Point Proctor in Peoria at 6:08 am.Born October 29, 1917 on the Buck Farm in Richland Township near Lacon to the late William and Estella Crabel Buck, he married Georgia M. McCully in the Lacon Methodist Church on June 7, 1940. She preceded him in death on December 1, 2014. Ralph was also preceded by his brothers, Samuel and Wayne, and...
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Mary Fern Guede

January 12, 1915 - April 15, 2015

Mary Fern Guede, 100, of Lacon died on April 15, 2015 at 6:26 am at St. Joseph's Nursing Home in Lacon. Born on January 12, 1915 to the late Henry and Mary Weaver Gauwitz, she married Albert Guede in Henry on August 22, 1945. Albert passed away on July 22, 2013. Mary is survived by: her daughters Geri (the late Paul) Lea of Belleville, IL; Ginger (Daniel) Rentfro of East Peoria; her sons Charles ...
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