Taylorville Obits

Kenneth J. Streit

Kenneth J. Streit, 78, of Morrisonville, IL passed away in his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7:40 a.m. with his wife by his side. 

 

Ken was born in Chicago, IL on March 15, 1946, the son of George & Marie (Sheedy) Streit. In 1964, he graduated from De La Salle High School (Chicago, IL). Ken was drafted for service in the Army during the Vietnam War. On November 2, 1968, Ken married Judith “Judy” Miller. They had three children.

 

Ken lived in Chicago, IL until 2004 when he retired from Chicago Communications after 40 years of service. 

 

Ken loved living in Morrisonville, and he resided there for 20 years. “It was such a quiet place to retire” he always said. His kind-hearted nature, strong-will, and generosity towards others were hallmarks of his personality. Ken was a devout Catholic and served as an extraordinary minister at St. Rene Goupil Church (Chicago, IL). He was a softball coach for team club softball for all 3 of his children, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and was an “amateur weatherman”. 

 

Ken is survived by his wife; his children, Matthew (wife, Renee) Streit of Tinley Park, IL; Patty (companion, David Gill) Streit of Morrisonville, IL; and Theodore “Ted” Streit of Channahon, IL; 6 grandchildren, Ashley Adams; Ali Streit; Madalyn Streit; Matthew (wife, Gianna) Streit; Brenda Roman; Molly Roman; 3 great-grandchildren, Jaclyn; Jackson; & Theo; 2 brothers, Bernard Streit of Tinley Park, IL & Raymond (wife, Carolyn) Streit of Countryside, IL; 2 sisters, Mary Ricardo of Palos Hills & Kathy Myers of TX; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Virginia Gernasky.

 

Funeral Services: Ken’s Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Maurice Church, 706 E. 4th St., Morrisonville, IL with Rev. John Burnett officiating. 

 

Internment will be completed at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory are suggested to: Tunnel to Towers. 

 

The family has entrusted Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with arrangements. 

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Ken, or to offer condolences to his family.

 

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Bruce Salmons

Bruce Salmons, 71, of Taylorville, Illinois died Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at his residence. 

 

Bruce was born on February 15, 1953, in Taylorville, Illinois, the son of Paul Salmons and Lucille (Langlet) Salmons. Following his graduation from Taylorville High School in 1971, he joined the Navy where he served his country for four years. He married Jayandra Allen, and they later divorced.

 

He worked many years at FS in Taylorville before working for Christian County Developmental Corporation (CCDC) from where he recently retired. Bruce began working for Car Wash City in retirement. 

 

Bruce’s favorite hobby was fishing with his family. He was a skilled handyman and helped his daughter with numerous home projects. Bruce had a lot of friends and was truly loved. He was calm and quiet but did not shy away from telling someone what he thought. He was always “there” for everyone, ready to help. He will be missed.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Gail Keen and Barbara Zemke.

 

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Monica Dempsey (Brian Greer) and his granddaughter, Kinley Grace Dempsey.

 

As per Bruce’s wishes, no services will be held. 

 

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with arrangements. 

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Bruce, or to offer condolences to his family.

 

Donald C. McWard

Donald C. McWard, 95, of Owaneco, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield on April 10, 2024, following a brief illness.  Donald was born on November 18, 1928, to Clarence and Velma (Klingler) McWard at home in Clarksdale, Illinois.  He grew up in the Morrisonville area and graduated from Morrisonville High School where he earned his FFA State Farmer Degrees.  He then attended Blackburn College, and graduated from the University of Illinois with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.  He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He taught math and was an administrator for many years in Stonington, Decatur, and Pana schools. 

Donald married Shirley Bates on June 7, 1959, and they began farming in the Owaneco area in 1963.  He was particularly proud to be the fourth generation of his family to farm in Christian County and of the family’s sesquicentennial farm.  Donald was an avid fan of University of Illinois basketball and the Chicago Cubs.  He was active in the Morrisonville and Owaneco Masonic Lodges for over 70 years and was a Past Master Mason of the Owaneco Masonic Lodge AF&AM.  He was also a member of Eastern Star and Shriners. 

He is survived by his children, Marie (Patrick Kapustka), Cheryl, Dean (Venise Devore), and Christine (Jaime Alban); grandchildren  Alex, Kevin and Claire Kapustka, Jacob McWard, and Sophia and Sam Alban; his brothers  Lyle McWard of Decatur and Larry McWard (Connie) of Morrisonville; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Juanita Harvey, Irma Bryan, and Betty Jo Ward, and infant brother Harold. 

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care provided by Donald’s longtime caregivers: Sandy Miller, Tanya Ishmael, Julia England and Brooke Burney.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10:30-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, Illinois. Masonic rites will take place at 1:00 p.m. and a funeral service will begin at 1:15 p.m. with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Christian County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund or to Shriners Hospital.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Thomas L. Rippon

Thomas L. Rippon, Ocala, Florida, born on December 30, 1941, passed away peacefully on April 6. Tom was born in Danville, Il. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Frost, whom he married in 1961, and survived by his second wife, Susan Johns, whom he married in 1993. His son, Thomas Howard, preceded him in death, while his daughter Debbie survives. Tom is survived by his grandchildren Ryan Rippon, Ashley Hendricks, Elise Boch, Whitney Denning, Brock Rippon, and Molly Rippon Miller along with several great grandchildren.

Rippon served honorably in the US Air Force before dedicating many years to the General Telephone Company in Lincoln, Illinois. Post-retirement, alongside Susan, he embarked on travels to various destinations, eventually settling in Ocala, where they continued their adventures, specifically indulging in his beloved fishing hobby.

An active member of his community, Rippon’s impact extended beyond the workplace. He notably served as the Youth Football commissioner in Lincoln, Illinois, during the 1970s, inspiring numerous young athletes to pursue their football dreams. His dedication to youth sports was a proud legacy.

A graduate of Taylorville High School, Rippon loved to reminisce with his football friends about their championship team. After retiring, he returned to Taylorville where he enthusiastically rekindled his love for fishing with old high school friends, often swapping stories about their glory days on the football field and bragging about their all-conference football team. Tom was a forever Chicago Bears fan.

Known for his ability to bring laughter to others, Rippon’s humor was infectious and brought joy to all who knew him. It was a well-known fact that Tom enjoyed Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Trigger in any and all venues he could watch, his appreciation for their work a testament to his fondness for Western culture.The legacy of Thomas L. Rippon will be forever cherished. Memorials may be made on behalf of Tom to the Lincoln Youth Football Association 115 Edgar St. Lincoln, IL. 62656.

Celebration of life will be forthcoming in Florida and Illinois. May he rest in eternal peace.

Elmer L. Beamer

Mr. Elmer L. Beamer, 90, of Bulpitt, IL passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

Elmer was born on May 10, 1933, at home in King Township, the son of E. Laverne & W Darlene (Soloman) Beamer.  He graduated from Kincaid High School with the Class of 1950.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in December of 1950 to March of 1954 aboard the USS Wedderburn during the Korean War.  Elmer was a member of American Legion Post #905 in Kincaid.

Elmer married Brenda Binegar on December 6, 1958, in Taylorville, IL.  Elmer farmed many years at the family farm in Nokomis, IL.  He worked 36 years at Peabody Coal Company Mine #10, after retiring in 1994, Elmer worked part-time for the F.S. Plant in Tovey, IL for 20 years.

Elmer loved to watch his game shows with his granddaughter and his Western shows.  He was up for a beer with friends.  He loved to play the guitar and sing, one of his favorites was “Kansas City”.   He loved playing cards and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

Surviving is a son James Bradley “Brad” Beamer and daughter Wendy M. Beal both of Bulpitt, IL., two granddaughters Brianna (Nick) Kessler of Granite City, IL., and Jaclyn (Zach) Kunkler of Scott Air Force Base, Shiloh, IL., three great grandchildren, Ronan Kessler, Emrie and Easton Kunkler, two sisters-in-law Joan Beamer of Nokomis, IL and Barbara Beamer of San Antonio, TX., along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 61 years Brenda Beamer, three brothers Robert “Bob” Beamer, Gale Beamer and Lynn Beamer a sister-in-law Patsy Beamer and a nephew Greg Beamer.

Per Elmer’s wishes, private Graveside services were held with Full Military Rites on Monday, April 8, 2024, in Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee, IL.

Masterson’s Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL assisted the family with arrangements.  Condolences may still be left at mastersonfh.com.

Gary Joe Slovick

Gary Joe Slovick, 67 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at his residence in Taylorville. He was born in Salem, IL, the son of Joe J Slovick and Connie J (Ward) Hoelscher. He married Carol Bergschneider on July 2, 2016, in Taylorville, IL. He retired from the Christian County Sheriff’s office where he worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy. He also worked as an officer for various other departments. Gary loved hunting, riding his motorcycle, John Deere, and going to the diner to grab a cup of coffee while socializing with friends, and loved spending time with his family.

Gary is survived by his Wife, Carol Slovick; Daughter, Valerie Lawhorn of Mattoon, IL; Sons, Wade Slovick of Taylorville, IL and Trevor Slovick of Carbondale, IL; Step Daughters, Malorie Bergschneider of Taylorville, IL and Brieanne (Breydon) Brown of Taylorville, IL; Step Son, Brad Bergschneider of Taylorville, IL and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Krueger.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to assist the family with expenses.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Charles R. Cochran

Charles R. Cochran, 79, of Nokomis, IL, passed away on April 5, 2024, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 10, 1944, in Pana Township, to Shirley and Ruth (Stevens) Cochran. 1n 1967, he married Patricia Kamer and they later divorced. He married Imogene “Jeannie” Nagle in 1976, and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2020. He later married Linda (Barnstable) Bradley on April 16, 2021, and she survives.

Charles attended Nokomis High School and obtained his GED while serving in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he was a combat engineer and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals with four Campaign Stars, two Overseas Service Bars, Expert Badge (M-16), Sharpshooter Badge (M-14), and more. He worked as a coal miner for twenty-three years and was a truckdriver before, during and after that time. He was a member of Catch the Fire Church in Cowden, IL, and loved spending his free time camping and going on motorcycle trips.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Cochran, of Nokomis; daughter, Barbara Eckart (Jeremy Saunders) of Rosamond; step-children, Cindy Fournier of Nokomis; Loretta Blevins of Hillsboro; Sandra (Robin) McBride of Texas; Scott Bradley (Dena Davis) of Indiana; Sonya Maretti of Nokomis; and Steve (Donna) Bradley of Indiana; grandchildren, Tyler Engelhart; Sadie Keller; Johnny Keller; Matt (Christy) Bolyard; Brandon Bolyard; Hannah Black; Savannah Stevenson; Mackenzie Blevins; as well as many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his sister, Shirley Brown of Pana.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Ruth Cochran; second wife, Imogene Cochran; stepson, Jeff Bolyard; and step-grandson, J.R. Jones.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. A funeral service with military rites will begin at noon with Pastor Kyle Blackerby officiating. Cremation will follow the service, with interment to occur at a later date.

Memorials to honor Charles may be made to Nokomis American Legion or to Paws Care of Montgomery County.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Beulah Irene Johnson

Beulah Irene Johnson, 86, of Taylorville, Illinois died Thursday, April 4th, 2024 at Taylorville Carriage Crossing.

Beulah was born November 1, 1937, in Pana, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas Franklin and Zola May (Bland) Barding. She worked as a telephone operator before marrying Richard Johnson on January 1, 1961. Beulah worked for many years at Frank’s Food Fair and then County Market.

Her world revolved around her family, and she loved spending time at home watching and feeding the birds, tending to her many flowers and plants, and decorating every room of her house for Christmas. She was a member of Taylorville First United Methodist Church.

Beulah is survived by her husband Richard of 63 years; four children, Jolynne (David) Richardson of Taylorville, Jeannine (John) Rude of Illiopolis, Richard E. Johnson of Greenwood, SC, and Louis (Tracie) Johnson of Taylorville; grandchildren, Megan Nauman, Amanda Richardson, Mallory Gordon, Rikki Johnson, and Hope, Luc, and Lea Johnson, Sarah Pritts and Molly Rude; great grandchildren, Alyssa, Zoey, Layla, Kolton, Maverick, Charlotte, and Camden, Marissa and Cassidy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 5 siblings: Paul, Leroy, Kenneth, Margrette, and Doris.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville officiated by Reverend Brennan Hurley.

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville First United Methodist Church or the Taylorville Food Pantry.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with arrangements. 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Beulah, or to offer condolences to her family.

Robert "Bob" Joseph DeLuka

Robert “Bob” Joseph DeLuka, 89 of Nokomis passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 10:00 p.m. at Nokomis Health and Rehabilitation Center in Nokomis. He was born on February 28, 1935, in Witt, IL, the son of Celio Mario and Ruby Irene (Weller) DeLuka. He married Merilyn June Morgan on October 27, 1954, in Nokomis, IL and she preceded him in death on August 29, 2010. Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church in Witt and worked as an Illinois State Trooper and he sold feed for Moorman’s Feed.   

He is survived by his daughters: Terry (Larry) Brinkman of Nokomis, IL; Dawn (Ron) DeWerff of Nokomis, IL; Dayna (Jerry) Neisler of Pawnee, IL; grandchildren: Brandi (Jim) Barker of Nokomis, IL; Brittany (Wayne) Marshall of Fillmore, IL; Jason (Angel) Brinkman of Taylorville, IL; Jay (Dani) DeWerff of Nokomis, IL; Cody (Jami) DeWerff of Staunton, IL; Gabe DeWerff (Megan Kwiatkowski) of Troy, IL; Noah (Mia Taft) Neisler of Divernon, IL; great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Joey and Micah Barker of Nokomis, IL; Gavin, Madilyn and Alysin Marshall of Fillmore, IL; Alexis Barker of Taylorville, IL; Gracie, Maddox and Lauren DeWerff; Porter West of Nokomis, IL, Kayden and Logan Weis; Peyton DeWerff all of Staunton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, granddaughter, Abby Neisler and Sister, Leona Huber.   

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Dan Easterday and Jimmy Barker officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Cancer Association.

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

Randy Pettus

Randy Ray Pettus, 69, of Lincoln, passed away suddenly at his home on April 1, 2024.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, April 12, 2024, at New Union Cemetery with Pastor Ron Otto officiating.  End of Watch will be performed by the Taylorville Police Department and Eric Notto will play the bagpipes. 

 

Randy was born July 4, 1954, in Taylorville, IL., the son of Thomas A. Pettus and Patricia J. (Flahart) Pettus.   He married Dawn Tesh on September 12, 2003.  He was an extremely skilled handyman who could make or repair just about anything.  He was a computer expert and embodied the motto never stop learning.  Randy was a Star Trek enthusiast and collector.  He was also a proud member of the NRA.  Randy served for 29 years with the Taylorville Police Department, several years were spent as the juvenile officer, a job which he loved and excelled at because of his kind nature.  He ended his time with the Taylorville Police Department as a Detective, retiring in 2006.  He loved his family greatly and often demonstrated that love through a bad joke, a word of encouragement, or computer troubleshooting.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife Dawn Pettus, his mother Patricia Pettus, his stepsons who he loved greatly, Alex B, Howard and Jeremy A, Howard, his brother Ron Pettus (Susan), brother in law Daryl Tesh, and his father and mother-in-law Lou and Marcella Tesh.  

He was preceded in death by his father, brother Rod Pettus, and infant sister Rhonda Pettus.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Taylorville Police Department.

 

 

 

William "Winks" Joseph Buschon

William “Winks” Joseph Buschon I, 87, of Taylorville IL passed away on April 2, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family. Bill was born August 3, 1936, in Kincaid, IL, the son of Joe and Sally (Nash) Bucshon. He married Linda Rogers on November 22, 1956, in Kincaid, IL.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Buschon of Taylorville, IL; his children, Bill Buschon of Taylorville, IL, Melinda (Rick) Stephens of Taylorville, IL, Katherine (Randy) Eller of Taylorville, IL, John (Missy) Buschon of Mt. Auburn, and Christine (Dave) Bruns of Taylorville, IL; his grandchildren, Andy (Valerie) Buschon, Amy (Josh) Kanter of Michigan, Amanda Buschon, Audrey (Dave) Neville of Taylorville, IL, Jessica (Brian) Brink of Breese, IL, Emily (Arne Overhaug) Stephens of Taylorville, IL , Sarah (Austin) Wells of Tovey, IL, Braiden Stephens of Taylorville, IL, Colby Eller of Taylorville, IL, Curtis (Tara Sicilia) Eller of Taylorville, IL, Olivia Buschon of Mt. Auburn, IL, Grant Buschon of Mt. Auburn, Kayla (Anthony Forehand) Bruns of Ogden, Utah, and Hailey Bruns of Taylorville, IL; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Sally Bucshon, and a sister, Marydell Mayernick.

Winks served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from Peabody 10 Coal Mine after several years as chief electrician. He also worked for Bell Telephone, Sherman Williams Paint Store, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, and Singer store in Taylorville, IL. During his free time, he enjoyed catfishing at Carlyle Lake, working on lawnmowers, going to off road races with his family and loved spending time with his grandkids.

A private service will be held for family on Monday, April 8, 2024, at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. A dinner for family and friends will be held at 11 am at the Knights of Columbus in Taylorville. Per Bill’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or School, Shriners Hospital, or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Michael Howard Stansbury

Michael Howard Stansbury, 77 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on March 24, 2024, at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on August 19, 1946, in Spokane, WA, to the late John William Marion Stephen and Isabel Fern McKinney. He married Sallyann B. Stansbury in 1974, and they spent many happy years together before she preceded him in death on January 4, 2001. Michael served in the military and later worked as a mechanic for Copeland Trucking.

He is survived by his son, Moses Charles “Hammer” Joseph III, of Springfield, IL; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two sons, Matthew Scott Joseph and Moses Charles Joseph Jr.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Sandra Stauder

Sandra Stauder, 70 of Chatham, IL, passed away on March 31, 2024, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on February 4, 1954, in Hillsboro, IL, the daughter of the late Marvin Stauder and Mary Niehaus.

Sandra worked for the State of Illinois Consumer Fraud Bureau for many years. She loved watching baseball and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Above all, she loved her family immensely and loved spending time with them.

She is survived by her sister, Sally (Doug) Keenan of Pana, IL; brother, Jim (Lynne) Stauder of Donna, TX, her caregiver and best friend, Kim Stinson of Chatham, IL; nephews, Jeff (Barb) Stauder of Pana, IL; Paul (Leanne) Stauder of Fairfield, IL; Marc Stauder of Pana, IL; Kent (Corrie) Stauder of Finley, IL; niece, Katie (Nick) Horton of Riverton, IL; great-nephew, Gage Horton; great-niece, Hadley Horton; as well as her beloved pets.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Mary Stauder; grandparents, Phillip and Lena Stauder and Cecil and Beaulah Niehaus; and her sister, Suzanne Stauder.

As per Sandra’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials to honor Sandra, may be made to Paws Care of Montgomery County by visiting www.pawscare.org.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Jay P. Kohl

Jay P. Kohl, age 64 years, was born on April 15, 1959, to Irvin and Wreatha (Elston) Kohl of Mechanicsburg, Illinois. Jay passed away peacefully on April 1, 2024, in the early morning hours at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, in the presence of his close family.

Jay enjoyed hunting, mowing, eating, and spending time with his family.

Jay is survived by his Sister, Ruth Ann (Kohl) Powell of Rochester; Brother, Joe Kohl (Beth) of Edinburg; Niece, Becky Nevill (Douglas) of Rochester; Brother, Jerry Kohl (Jeanetta) of Springfield; Sister-in-Law, Bonnie Kohl (Stogdell) of Mechanicsburg; Sister-in-Law, Carol Kohl (Aufrecht) of Taylorville; Brother, Jim Kohl; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers, Harvey Kohl, LeRoy Kohl, and John Kohl, and his brother-in-law, Bobbie Powell.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, Illinois. A funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon with Pastor James Jones officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Grove City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or by planting a tree on Jay’s behalf.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Erma Lorraine Gesell

Erma Lorraine Gesell, 94 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on March 31, 2024, in her home surrounded by her children. She was born on July 2, 1929, in Stonington Township, to George Wesley Bollinger and Nona Ellen Pyle. Erma married the love of her life, Ralph Gesell on July 10, 1946. After many happy years of marriage, he preceded her in death.

Erma was a homemaker and a member of Taylorville First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, going for walks, and reading novels. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, who will all miss her immensely.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Gesell of Kincaid, IL; Richard (Patricia) Gesell of Kincaid, IL; Gordon (Linda) Gesell of Taylorville, IL; Roy Gesell of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Kim (Steve) Heine; Brearin (Leslie) Land; Stephanie (Jeff) Henley; Gary (Shananne) Gesell; Mark Gesell; Hannah (Gavin) Duewer; Jennah Gesell; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her brother, George (Onita) Bollinger Jr. of Versailles, KY; as well as several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, grandson, Curtis Gesell, two brothers, Ray and Keith Bollinger, and her sister, Bernice Gesell.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials in her honor may be made to VFW Post 4495.

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Judith Ann Funk

Judith Ann Funk, 71, of Taylorville, IL, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  Judy was born November 1, 1952, in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Dorothy (Sefried) Cline.  She married Steven Funk on February 14, 1995, in Taylorville. 

 

Surviving is her husband, Steven Funk of Taylorville, IL; her siblings, Nancy Sims of Taylorville, IL, John Cline of Taylorville, IL, and David (Marilyn) Cline of Missouri; a sister-in-law, Judy Kaydus of Taylorville, IL; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Beth; her siblings, Carolyn Clark, Karen Sparling, Gary Cline, and Frank Cline. 

 

Judy was a certified nurse assistant and worked many years at Taylorville Memorial Hospital and Taylorville Care Center.  She spent her whole life caring for and taking care of others.  She will always be remembered for her kind soul and loving heart.  During her free time, she enjoyed listening to southern gospel music and the Wanda Mountain Boys.  She also enjoyed playing games on her tablet.  She will be dearly missed.

 

A visitation will be held Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  A memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home.  Per Judy’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorial contributions may be made to donor’s choice. 

 

Sutton Memorial Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

Mary Helen Walsh

Mary Helen Walsh, 81 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on March 24, 2024, at her residence. She was born on July 14, 1942, in Blue Island, IL, to Stanley Dominik and Mary (Miklovic) Dominik. On May 12, 1968, she married Patrick Walsh in Chicago, and he preceded her in death in 1996.

Mary worked as a nurse for 50 years. She was loved by all her patients and was a kind and giving person. She would be the first person to step up and provide comfort and help to anyone who needed it and was a wonderful mother and all-around great person. She was devoted to her husband, children, and anyone else who she considered to be her children. Mary will be remembered for her gentle heart and is missed dearly.

She is survived by her daughter, Coleen Walsh of Taylorville, IL; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley and Mary Dominik; her husband, Patrick Walsh; a son, Patrick Walsh Jr.; and brothers, Martin, Thomas, John and Ben Dominik.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in St. Jospeh’s Catholic Church in Manhattan, IL. Funeral Mass will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Father Mike McMahon officiating. Entombment will take place at the Mausoleum of the Archangels in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip, IL.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guestbook at suttonmemorialhome.com.

John L. "Skippy" Sample

John L. “Skippy” Sample, 78 of Taylorville, passed away at 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in his home.  He was born on November 23, 1945, in Decatur, the son of Harold Leroy and Jessie (Franklin) Sample.  He married Mary E. Bridges on August 10, 1968, in Springfield and she preceded him in death on August 21, 2011.  John previously worked for S & W Pest Control and Terminix.  He enjoyed watching TV, was a NASCAR fan, and enjoyed attending car shows.

He is survived by his daughter: Jody Grove (Brian) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Jessie Pearson (Drew) of Taylorville, and Harley Grove of Taylorville; great grandchildren: Ryder Pearson and Jethro Pearson; and nephew: Paul Monroe (Mary) of Springfield.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister: Cordie Louise Cravens.

Mr. Sample will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Susan "Mawca" Kathleen Fleigle

Susan “Mawca” Kathleen Fleigle, 71, of Morrisonville, IL passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at her home. She was born on December 3, 1952 in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of James L. and Murthel W. McElroy. She married Lawrence “Larry” Fleigle on February 13, 1971 in Morrisonville, IL.

 

Susan retired from the Illinois Secretary of State on September 30, 2020. Mawca enjoyed riding the golf cart with her family, planting flowers, picking tomatoes from her garden, quarter auctions, and being her kids’ and grandchildrens’ #1 fan. Her favorite music artist was Prince, and she had the honor of seeing him in concert in 2012.

 

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of Morrisonville, IL; children, Kelli Fleigle of Morrisonville, IL; Michael Fleigle of Rio Rancho, NW, and Amy Wagahoft of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Courtney Coy, Alea and Tyce Wagahoft all of Morrisonville; and Wyatt and Eva Fleigle of Rio Rancho, NM; siblings, Colleen Smith and Patrick McElroy; and by her beloved dog, Dawson. She was preceded in passing by her mother; father; sister, Angel McElroy; and brother, James M. McElroy.

 

As per Susan’s wishes, no services will be held.

 

Memorials in Susan’s name can be sent to the American Legion Auxiliary Post #721, 607 Ricks St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

 

The family has entrusted Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with arrangements. 

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Susan, or to offer condolences to her family.

Richard L. "Dick" Moats

Richard L. “Dick” Moats, 87 of Taylorville, passed away, surrounded by family, at 8:03 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Taylorville.  He was born on June 22, 1936, in Taylorville, the son of Roy and Ruth (Oliver) Moats.  He married his teenage sweetheart, Mary V. Wuebbles, on January 4, 1958, in Carlyle.  Their enduring love story lasted until Mary’s passing on March 3, 2001.  Dick graduated from Heyworth High School in 1954.  He served in the United States Air Force as a procurement specialist, as well as devoting 25 years to his country in the Illinois Air National Guard with the 183rd Wing, retiring as a Master Sergeant.  His occupation spanned 25 years with The State of Illinois Department of Vocational Education, retiring in 1999.  

Dick had a passion for playing cards and watching basketball, indulging these pastimes with great enthusiasm and joy.  As it became more challenging for him to venture out, he truly enjoyed cheering on the Taylorville Tornadoes, as he watched them on Tommy TV. 

He also loved coaching and volunteered his time with many Little League, as well as Biddy Basketball teams throughout the years.  

In addition to his love for youth sports, Dick loved to spend time exploring all-town garage sales and renovating houses. 

 

He is survived by his children: Angie Moats, Jim (Jenny) Moats, and Nicki (Aaron) Lane all of Taylorville; grandchildren: Matthew (Monica) Adams, Abby Moats, Jordan Moats, Faith Moats, Mia Lane, and Bree Lane; great grandchildren: Maddox Adams and Malcolm Adams; and sister: Bonnie Hastings. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Eileen McKenzie, Evelyn Ruble, Shirley Sheppard, Elmer Moats, and Gene Moats.  Although his surviving family will miss him dearly, they are comforted to think of his precious reunion with his beloved wife, siblings and treasured friends that have gone before him.

 

The funeral service for Dick will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at McClure Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating.  A visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.  Burial, with military graveside rites, will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Taylorville High School Tommy TV program, or the Christian County Senior Citizens Center.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Earl Samuel Dixon

Earl Samuel Dixon, 99, of Morrisonville, IL, passed away at his home, on March 19, 2024.

Earl was born on January 27, 1925, in Benton, IL, the son of Commie and Mae (Overturf) Dixon.

He married Norma Stringer on March 15, 1948, in Pana, IL and were married for over 72 years before she preceded him in death on March 27, 2020.

As a young child Earl’s family lived in various locations, but when he was grown, he settled in Morrisonville and lived most of his adult life there. He was a strong believer in God, a member of the First Baptist Church in Morrisonville, and a faithful usher for the church for many years and when he wasn’t healthy enough leave the house, he enjoyed watching Jimmy Swaggart on television.

He was a coal miner by trade, he worked for the Peabody Coal Company #10, District 12, Local 9819, for 41 years. He liked to share the gospel and his fellow coalminers nicknamed him ‘Preacher.’

He rode and collected motorcycles, one of his favorites being his Indian, he was quite the daredevil as people would often see him riding down the main drag standing on his motorcycle seat with his arms stretched out wide. He owned and flew a double winged airplane, raced twin engine go-carts, and enjoyed the peacefulness of camping.

Surviving Earl are his sons, David Dixon of Dallas, Texas and Rick Dixon of Morrisonville, Illinois; grandchildren, Amber and Rachel; 5 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant child, daughter, Linda Traylor, and siblings, John, Colleen, Marie, and Juanita.

Visitation: 11:00 – 12:00 am., Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at the Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Funeral: 12:00 pm., Tuesday, March 26, 2024, following the visitation, with Rev. Chad Foster, officiating.

Burial: will follow the funeral, in Morrisonville City Cemetery.

The family suggest memorials to be made to the First Baptist Church, in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts.

Memorials may be given at the visitation and funeral, or mailed to the First Baptist Church, 209 Church St., Morrisonville, IL 62546.

The family has entrusted Assalley Funeral Home with the ceremonies.

To leave a message or offer condolences to the family, please go to assalleyfuneralhomes.com.

Barbara Curtis

 

 

Barbara J. Curtis, 90, of Huntley, IL, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at her residence.

Barbara was born in Decatur, IL the daughter of Vollie M. and Elizabeth A. (Riley) Atkinson, she married Leslie F. Curtis, in Taylorville, IL at the Davis Memorial Christian Church, on November 14, 1954. They were married for over 40 blessed years, before his passing on February 5, 1995.

She graduated from Taylorville High school class of 1952, was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church, an avid Cubs fan, especially in 2016, when the Cubs won the World series, and loved to crochet and sew, especially for her children and granddaughters. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker, who also worked at the Springfield Clinic, Taylorville Medical Clinic, and Wal-Mart.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and sister, Doris (Atkinson) Webb.

 Surviving Barbara are her children, Debra (Brad) Townsend, Wood Dale, IL, David (Liz) Curtis, Carmel, IN, Brian (Kelly) Curtis, Huntley, IL, Bradley (Danna) Curtis, Hampshire, IL; grandchildren, Elizabeth Townsend, Louisville, KY, John (Joanne) Townsend, Wheeling, IL, Katherine Townsend, Brooklyn, NY, Ryan (Jennifer) Curtis, Plainfield, IN, Valerie (TJ) Speak, Indianapolis, IN, Jamison Brimbury, Muncie, IN, Samuel Brimbury, Carmel, IN, Jason Curtis, Woodstock, IL, Alexis Curtis, Crystal Lake, IL, Jake Curtis, Tarpon Springs, FL, and Rachael (Mike) Portesy, Oldsmar, FL; 6 great grandchildren, with her 7th great-grandchild due in September; and sister, Carole Lovett, Taylorville, IL.

Graveside service: 11:00 am., Saturday, March 23, 2024, Oak Hill Cemetery, 820 S. Cherokee St., Taylorville, IL 62568, with the Rev. Dick Wamsley, officiating.

Memorials may be given in Barbara’s memory to the Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N Webster St, Taylorville, IL 62568.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home with the ceremony.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Barbara or offer condolences to her family.

Frances Eilene Montgomery

Frances Eilene Montgomery, 96, of Mt. Auburn, IL passed away Sunday, March 17, 2024, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Frances was born April 14, 1927, in Mt. Auburn, IL, the daughter of Roy and Marguerite (Conaway) Dunn.  She married Floyd Montgomery on August 3, 1946, in Mt. Auburn Methodist Church Parsonage. 

 

Surviving is her son,  Mark Alan (Shelly) Montgomery of Rochester, IL; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jack (Gerri) Dunn of Bedford, IN;  and Bob (Sharon) Dunn of Oreana, IL; one sister, Barbara Walter of Pawnee; a sister-in-law, Fritzi Conaway of Decatur; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Montgomery of Springfield, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 61 years; two sons, Charles and David Montgomery; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters; three brothers; two daughters-in-law; and a brother and sister in infancy. 

 

Frances graduated from Mt. Auburn High School class of 1945.  She worked at Illiopolis Ordinance Plant Signal Department in Decatur and retired for the State of Illinois.  She enjoyed reading, cooking for family, playing bingo, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals. 

 

A visitation will be held Friday, March 22, 2024, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.  The funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. and interment will follow at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. 

 

Memorials in her honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Kristen Lance Ostermeier

Kristen Lance Ostermeier, age 52, of Edinburg, Illinois passed away on March 15, 2024 at his residence.

 

Lance was born on September 20, 1971, the son of Kenneth Ray Ostermeier and Mildred "Millie" Christopher.

 

He graduated from Edinburg High School in Edinburg, Illinois. He earned his Associate's Degree in Art from Lincoln Land Community College. Lance served in the Navy for 5 years, residing in Puget Sound, Washington, and working as a pipefitter during that time. He then served in the Navy Reserves. Later in life, Lance worked as a shoe salesman and as a store manager with Weiss & Neuman shoes.

 

Lance was a talented artist and a piece of his poetry was published. He had musical talents for the harmonica and guitar, and his favorite music was meditation and Celtic music. His interests included his family, faith, art, and music, and he was a gun enthusiast. Lance was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Edinburg, IL.

 

Lance is survived by his mother, Millie Christopher; nephew, Luke Ostermeier; aunts, Janet (Nelson) Stubbs of Henry, IL; Barbara (Jim) Mudd of Wichita Falls, Texas; Treva (John) Fiaoni of Taylorville, IL; & Willie (Doug) Murphy of Weston, Ohio; uncles, Dale Ostermeier of Edinburg, IL; Don Christopher of Taylorville, IL; & Clarence Jr. (Grace) Christopher of Decatur, IL; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Ray Ostermeier; brothers, Troy Allen Ostermeier & Charles Shane Ostermeier; niece, Jade Marie Ostermeier; great-niece, Alexis Marie Ostermeier; and aunt, Susie Christopher.

 

Visitation & Funeral Services: The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin, Taylorville, IL. Lance's funeral services will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 205 N. Campbell St., Edinburg, IL, with Rev. Gaylord Spilker officiating.

 

Internment will follow the funeral service at Grove City Cemetery, 1287 E. 2450 North Rd., Edinburg, IL.

 

Memorial contributions in Lance's memory are suggested to: Tunnel to Towers; Disabled American Veterans (DAV); or Wounded Warriors.

 

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

 

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Lance, or to offer condolences to his family.

Rebecca Perry

Ms. Rebecca Perry, 65, of Taylorville, IL passed from this life at 10:53 A.M. Monday, March 11, 2024, at home.

She was born in Taylorville, IL December 2, 1958, the daughter of Kenneth and Claudia “Eileen” Thomas.

Ms. Perry worked for several years for Webster Cantrall Social Services.

Surviving are a son Landon (wife Christina) Perry of Jacksonville, FL., a sister Jill (John) Durbin of Kincaid, IL., and a niece Grace Durbin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers Leo Thomas and Randy Jackson.

A memorial gathering will be held from 10:00 A.M.  to 12 noon on Friday, March 22, 2024, at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.

Those who wish to send flowers are encouraged to use any local florist.

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