Taylorville Obits Archives for 2022-08

Bruce I. Ryan

Bruce Irwin Ryan, 73 of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 surrounded by his family in his home.  He was born on October 9, 1948 in Pana, the son of Bruce E. and Helen M. (Coombs) Ryan.  He graduated from Taylorville High School in 1966.  On November 18, 1972 he married Betty J. Roseberry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  Bruce worked many careers throughout his life including as a driver for Wareham’s Dairy, as a welder building grain bins and grain handling equipment, and for Firestone and Caterpillar.  He retired from Memorial Medical Center in Springfield where he worked as a pharmacy technician.  Bruce was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he enjoyed spending time with his friends.  He was an avid golfer and a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Fighting Illini, and Chicago Bears.  He truly loved people, especially his family, by whom he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife: Betty Ryan of Taylorville; children: Jacob Ryan and Jacelyn Prince both of Taylorville; grandchildren: Ryan Prince and Brady Prince; siblings: Bobbie Jo Cheaney (Steve) of Panama City Beach, Florida, Rich Ryan (Ann) of Fox Lake, and Tammy Jones (Tom) of Naugatuck, Connecticut; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and son: Jeb Ryan.

Mr. Ryan will be cremated, and his family will host a celebration of his life at a later date.  His remains will be laid to rest with his son at Oak Hill Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Ryan family who will choose a charity to donate to.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Bruce, of condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

George Troutt III

George Troutt III, 74, of Pana, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Prairie Rose Health Care Center in Pana, IL. He was born on May 13, 1948, in Lebanon, IL, the son of George and Thelma (Young) Troutt II.

George is survived by his special companion, Virginia Craig of 30 years, son: Robert (Keeley) Troutt of Clinton, IL, one granddaughter: Sierna Troutt, and one brother: Tim (Debbie) Troutt of West Bend, WI.

George enjoyed woodworking, gardening, collecting Indian artifacts, and had a fascination for his tools.

George was preceded in death by his parents.

 Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

 

Danny Fesser

Danny Fesser, 67, of Taylorville, IL, passed away at home on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. He was born on April 11, 1955, in Springfield, IL, the son of Lester Gaylord and Shirley LaVerne (Blair) Fesser. He married Carol Wise in Las Vegas, NV in 2005.Throughout their 17 years of marriage, they accomplished one of their goals to visit and kiss in all 50 states.  He dedicated 26 years of his life to his country through service in the United States Navy, where he retired as an Aviation Electronics Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann Fesser; children: Melinda Sue (Ryan) Jones of Virginia Beach, VA, and Craig Allen (Ashlee) Fesser of Smithfield, VA; stepson: Nicholas James Coltrain of Denver, CO; grandchildren: Riley and Jaxon Fesser, Grace Hawkins and Zara and Ella Jones; cousins: Vickie (Lefever) Joe Yonker, Cathy Yeaman (Mary Lou), Michael (Marsha) Blair, Lonnie (Debbie) Yeaman, and Carol Ann Cook. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Michael Fesser; stepdaughter, Kelly Coltrain, and step-granddaughter Charlette Anderson.

He was a member of the Blueville Masonic Lodge No. 647, NRA, and Midland United Methodist Church. Growing up, he enjoyed Judo, where he was a first-degree black belt and a member of the US Judo Association and was selected to participate in the 1977 International Military Olympics.

Danny was a man known for his strength in spirit and flesh. He taught his family the value of being steady, strong, and supportive. He built his extraordinary life through simple actions, every day.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at the Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid, IL. A memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation at 11:00 a.m., at the Midland United Methodist Church in Kincaid with Pastor Randy Burwell officiating.

Memorials may be made to Edinburg Community Unit School District 4 or Midland United Methodist Church, improvement for handicap accessibility.

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

 Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Robert "Bob" L. Boarman

Longtime Shelbyville resident, local businessman, philanthropist and a legend in the automobile industry, Robert “Bob” L. Boarman leaving a legacy of strength, leadership and devotion peacefully passed in the arms of his loved ones on Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Bob was born on September 14, 1941, in Morrisonville, the son of Lawrence Ambrose and Lenora (Lovens) Boarman.  He was a farm boy’s child, who wanted to become a farmer, but at age 18 opted to go to work in the local factory where he worked 16 hour shifts all while starting to buy, sell and repair houses.  When he was laid off, he had gained the confidence, despite his father’s concerns, to enter the automobile business.  Bob Boarman opened Boarman’s Auto Sales at the age of 28 and owned and operated it for the next 50 years.  Through Bob’s passion for 50’s and 60’s Chevrolet cars, cars that he drove as a teenager, he started collecting and from that passion he opened Bel Air Auto Museum to house his collection and to remember the classic taste in American motors.  

Bob lived a life full of love, accomplishment and adventure.  He spent his final months fondly recalling a lifetime truly well lived.  His positive outlook, energy and enthusiasm for the people he knew and loved will be fondly remembered.    An exemplary patriarch of his family, Bob was most proud of his three children, Rob, Ed and Jodi, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.  

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Pamela J. Boarman, their marriage was one of great joy.  Together they were an unstoppable force, tackling all tasks head on and accomplishing what seemed impossible in both their business and community endeavors.  Bob and Pam raised their three children while working diligently to start their business.  Long hours and hard work.  Bob was never deterred from his goal and was proud of what he and Pam accomplished and grew.  Bob took great pride in the closeness of his family and had shepherded them through good times and bad with the notion that together anything was possible.  

Bob strongly believed in supporting his community, through his generous contribution and hundreds of resident’s volunteer hours, the Roxy theatre in downtown Shelbyville, reopened exactly 37 years after it closed, on November 5, 2003, as the Boarman Roxy Theatre. 

Dedication and pureness of spirit had driven his successful life and that has made Bob a model to follow and to honor.  The respect that he held from so many was strongly reflected in the level of care he received in his final days from his loving family.  To say their care went above and beyond is an understatement, their actions show what truly incredible people they are and how they loved Bob.


Bob will be greatly missed by his sons:  Robert “Rob” T. (Martha) Boarman of Shelbyville and Edward “Ed” (Carrie) Boarman of Shelbyville; daughter, Jodi (Rick) Allen of Shelbyville; grandchildren:  Derek (Tabi) Rodman, Mark Cordes, Mikailah (Brad Halterman) Clark, Cody (Kylee Burcham) Boarman, Jenna Daniels, Luke Cordes, Mykennah Allen, Kamryn Boarman, Robert “Robbie” B. Boarman, Kearah Allen, Chase Boarman and Conner Boarman; two great-grandchildren, Macee Rodman and Deaken Rodman; sisters:  Donna (Gene) Norris of Ballwin, MO, Evelyn (George) Norris of Taylorville and Betty Fulford of Shelbyville; brothers-in-law:  Doug (Debbie) Williams of Shelbyville and Scott (Vicky) Williams of Shelbyville; sister-in-law, Susan (Gary) Reynolds of Greenup and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Pam; sisters:  Shirley (Lyle) Gaddis and Sharon “Sue” Roessler; brothers:  Ed (Maggie) Boarman and Joe Boarman; father and mother-in-law, Max and Helen Williams; brothers-in-law, Carl Fulford and Michael Williams and sister-in-law, Sue Ann Williams.

Visitation will be held from 1:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2022, in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 4, 2022, in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Pastor Mark Sanders officiating.  Burial will take place in Glenwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be made in his name “Robert Boarman” for his family to decide at a later date.

Family and friends are invited to light a candle or share a story at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com.
 

Tineal D. Fisher

Tineal D. Fisher, 66, of Taylorville, passed away at 4:24 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Tineal was born February 13, 1956, in Springfield, the daughter of Frank and Glenda Marie (Griffin) Kalka, Jr.  She married Kenneth E. Fisher on September 7, 1983, and they have enjoyed over 38 years of marriage.

Tineal attended Taylorville schools, and graduated from Lincoln Land Community College with an associate’s degree in Accounting.  She was a hard worker and spent many years in customer service with Blue Cross Blue Shield in Springfield.  Tineal then went on to work for HSHS Corporation in Springfield in the billing department for many more years.  She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Tineal was an avid crocheter, and in her youth, she loved riding motorcycles and camping with Kenneth.  She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and she carried every office for the Eagles Club #1425 in Taylorville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and grandson, Koty Cook.

Tineal is survived by her husband, Kenneth Fisher of Taylorville; children, Crystal (Mark) Young of Pana, Kent (Kimberley) Cook of Goodyear, AZ, Christopher Fisher of St. Louis, MO, and David Fisher of Mt. Auburn; grandchildren, Mickayla Cook of Taylorville, Vincent Cook of Stonington, David Fisher, Jr. of Springfield, and Isabelle Fisher of Springfield; great grandchildren, Kason Cook and Kaulder Brown; brother, Dale (Monita) Kalka of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022, at the funeral home with Rev. Michael Meinhart officiating.

Interment will follow the ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary School, 422 S. Washington Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

 

F.W. "Mac" McChristy

F. W. “Mac” McChristy, 70 of Stonington, passed away at 12:42 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  He was born on October 5, 1951 in Taylorville, the son of Wesley and Genova (Durbin) McChristy.  Mac graduated from Stonington High School in 1969 and also earned an Associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College.  He married Cynthia Crist on December 5, 2015 at the Stonington United Methodist Church.  He began his career as a co-owner of MDM fertilizer in Sharpsburg, later working as a salesman of  fertilizer equipment, covering a multi-state territory and retired after working for Sloan Implement. Mac was a member of the Stonington United Methodist Church as well as the Stonington Masonic Lodge #1066 A.F. & A.M. and the Ansar Shrine.  He was a part of the Shrine’s Ag Corps and enjoyed taking part in many parades.  Like many in his family, Mac loved to fly, having obtained his private pilot license at a young age.  He was a Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed politics, and never passed up a piece of Marie Callender’s apple pie.  He loved watching the Andy Griffith show and knew the plot for every episode.  Long drives through the countryside, checking out the fields, was also a favorite pastime of Mac’s.  He always looked forward to spending time at the farm, especially during the crop-dusting season.  He had a great appreciation for music, and even traveled to Europe in high school to play his trombone with the American Youth Band. 

He is survived by his wife: Cynthia McChristy of Stonington; children: Scott McChristy of Cleveland, Ohio; Ben McChristy and Kelley McChristy both of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren: Alex McChristy, Lydia McChristy, Zach McChristy, Vaughn Barone, and Varick Barone; siblings: Nancy Dowdy and David McChristy (Susan) both of Stonington; sisters-in-law: Mary Lou McChristy and Charlene Forbes (Larry) both of Stonington; niece: Adriann Gaither and great niece: Camille Gaither; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers: Bill McChristy and Joe McChristy. 

A funeral service for Mac will take place at 2:00p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022 at the Stonington United Methodist Church with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating.  Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, in the church followed by Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials in Mac’s memory may be made to the Stonington United Methodist Church building fund.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Mac, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Dominick Valente

Dominick Valente, 100 of Nokomis, IL passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 6:06 p.m. at his home in Nokomis, IL. He was born on June 9, 1922 in Wenonah, IL the son of Samuel and Agnes (Beaty) Valente. He married Donna L. Vedder on October 30, 1947 in St. Louis, MO and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2016. Dominick was the owner and operator of Dom’s Discount and Ace Hardware Store in Nokomis. He was a member of the Waples Bauer American Legion in Nokomis. Dominick Served in the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his Son: David (Companion Brooke Ruppert) Valente of Nokomis, IL; Daughter: Diana (Bill) Buechsenschuetz of Oreana, IL; Grandchildren: Daniel (Andrea) Buechsenschuetz of Carbondale, IL; Wade (Laura) Valente of Athens, IL; Amanda Buechsenschuetz of Green Bay, WI; Jennifer (Cameron) McCormack North Smith Field, RI; Great-Grandchildren: Stella and Abigail McCormack, Amelia Buechsenschuetz, Mia Victoria, Dominick Michael David Valente and Isaac Buechenschuetz. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Wife, a grandson Eric Valente and her Grandaughter Stephanie Lynn Buechsenschuetz Brothers: Edward and James.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis with military graveside honors provided by the Waples Bauer American Legion in Nokomis.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s Choice.

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Wanda Jane Best

Wanda Jane Best, 75 of Collinsville, IL formerly of Taylorville passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 1:00 a.m. at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. She was born on November 19, 1946 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of Raymond Haines and Wanda Eileen (Perrine) Best. Janie was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Taylorville, Taylorville Eagles, Christian County Senior Citizens and she worked at the Christian County Mental Health workshop.

She is survived by her Niece Jackie Best of Collinsville, IL; Nephew: Brian (Shauna) Best of St. Joseph, MO; Great-Nephews: Andy, Tim and Sam Kluthe; Ryan Best; Special Friends from Mardell House and Several cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Graveside service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer with Pastor Chad Zueck officiating.

Memorials may be made to Christian County Mental Health  

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Carl Gensler

Carl Gensler, 61 of Moweaqua passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at 8:27 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on April 16, 1961 in Taylorville, IL the son of John and Nancy (Roach) Gensler. Carl worked for Legacy Grain Trucking in Stonington, IL. He loved to ride his motorcycle, go fishing and to hang out with his granddaughter and friends.

He is survived by his Sons: Bradley Gensler of Decatur, IL and Johnathon Gensler of Taylorville, IL; Granddaughter: Katalinna Gensler of Taylorville, IL and Grandson Braxton O’Brain; Sisters: Cindy Felix of Arizona and Janet (Lonny) Spiekermeier of Colorado   Several Nieces, Nephews and Aunts. He was preceded in death by his Parents and Brother: Johnny Gensler.

Carl will be cremated and there will be no services.

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

Roy W. Purkes

Roy W. Purkes, 79, of Taylorville, passed away at 9:40 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022, at his residence.

 

Roy was born April 19, 1943, in Taylorville, the son of Edward Arthur and Claudine (Deavers) Purkes.  He married Evangeline A. “Angie” Boyd on October 8, 1977, and they have enjoyed nearly 45 years of marriage.

 

Roy graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1961 and went on to work with Fiat Allis as a lathe operator for 27 years, when they closed the plant.  He then attended diesel mechanics classes at Lincoln Land Community College, before retiring from Wal-Mart after 20 years of service as an alignment technician.  Roy’s passion was riding Harley’s and traveling with Angie.  They were able to drive and see 41 of the 48 contiguous states.  Roy was also an avid nap taker, and he loved his riding lawn mowers.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Roy W. Purkes II and Charles T. Purkes; stepson, Randal Maroon; stepdaughter, Cindy Maroon; and brother, Ronnie Purkes.

 

Roy is survived by his wife, Angie Purkes of Taylorville; children, Randy (Virgil Calvert) Purkes of Tower Hill, Carol (Brandon) Johnson of Decatur, Bryan (Robin) Bland of Stover, MO, and Francene Hague of Taylorville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Art (Ruth) Purkes of Cisne, Bill Purkes of Cadiz, KY, and Rose Moses of Alabama; sister-in-law, Belle Sims of Herrick; and several nieces and nephews.

 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Memorial Home Services Hospice, 644 N. 2nd Street, Springfield, IL 62702.

 

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

 

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

 

Roger Dale Vangeison

Roger Dale Vangeison, 68 of Taylorville, formerly of Stonington, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  He was born on March 21, 1954 at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville, the son of Earl and Marcella (Vancil) Vangeison of rural Morrisonville.  Roger attended Palmer Grade school and Morrisonville schools and graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1972.  He married Mary Callan and they later divorced. 

Roger was a licensed plumber, completing his apprenticeship under his brother, Harry VanGeison.  Roger owned and operated his own plumbing business entitled Vangeison’s Plumbing.  He helped train a long-time friend and employee, Aaron Whetsell in the trade.  Roger enjoyed writing music and playing the guitar with his music friend, Antone DeRocchi.  He was a colorful character, loyal to friends, and had a creative spirit.

He is survived by his children: Jake Vangeison (Kerry) of Lake Petersburg and Molly Westover (Josh) of Stonington and he was a proud grandparent of four grandchildren.  Also surviving are siblings: Fred Vangeison (Elaine) of Morrisonville, Sharon Hill (Jim) of Palmer, Sandra Klein of Stonington, Mary Daugherty (James Jr.) of Taylorville, and Deborah Svoboda (Phil) of Spokane, Washington; sister-in-law: Linda VanGeison of Jenks, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Harry Lee VanGeison; son: Samuel Levi Vangeison; and brother-in-law: Glenn Klein.

Roger will be cremated and his family will hold a private family gathering at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Roger, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Cecelia Morrissey

Cecelia H. Morrissey, 81 of Nokomis Formerly of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, August 19, 2022 at 3:05 p.m. at Nokomis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Nokomis, IL. She was born on January 6, 1941 in Taylorville, IL the daughter of William and Mary (Nagle) Morrissey. Cecelia was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. She lived in Taylorville most of her life but moved to Nokomis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she has lived for the last 11 years. Cecelia was loved by her friends and the staff at the nursing home. 

She is survived by her Brother: Tommy Morrissey of Kincaid and several Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Sisters: Margaret, Ruth and Katie; Brothers: John and Arnold.

Graveside service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

In Leu of Flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School 422 S. Washington St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Roberta L. Tabor

Roberta L. Tabor, 86 of Taylorville, formerly of Effingham, passed away at 9:33p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 in her daughter’s home.  She was born on April 21, 1936 in Effingham, the daughter of Robert and Evaline Brockett.  She retired from St. Anthony Hospital in Effingham after many years of service as a housekeeper.  She enjoyed reading, watching movies, and supporting various fundraisers by creating baskets for auctions.  She dearly loved animals, especially her dog and cat, Shasi and Indy. 

She is survived by children: Mary Bauer (Claude Bottrell) of Taylorville; Robert Yoder of Taylorville; Nila Murry (Rusty) of Blue Mound, Doug Yoder, and Johnny Tabor of Peoria; grandchildren: Tom Mason (Julie), Sammie Smith (Mike), Sherry Gandy, Travis Loy, Tonya Cook (Greg), Roberta Yoder (Wade Taylor), Robbie Yoder, Jay Tabor, Alicia Tabor (Seth), and Josh Pagel (Samara); 14 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter: Elizabeth Tabor; and brothers: Sam Brockett and Barney Brockett.

Mrs. Tabor 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.  Memories of Roberta, or condolences to family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Eugene "Gene" Gudgel

Mr. Eugene Frederick Gudgel, Jr., 67, of Tovey, IL passed from this life at 12:40 P.M. Sunday, August 14, 2022, in Taylorville, IL.

He was born in Springfield, IL on August 22, 1954, the son of Eugene and Thelma (Wise) Gudgel, Sr.

Mr. Gudgel graduated from South Fork High School with the Class of 1974.  He was an: avid Bowler, Hunter, Golfer and Fisherman.  He loved: working on motorcycles with his best friend Fuzzy Davis, the trips he took to Colorado with his brothers and the people he met out there, and cats.  He worked at the Kincaid Lumber Yard for many years until it closed and later at G.S.I. in Assumption as a Welder.

Surviving are his siblings: Mary (husband Nelson) Hundley of Girard, IL., Mildred “Midge” (husband Dave) Willett of Kincaid, IL., Robert (wife Gayla) Gudgel of Girard, IL., Melissa (husband Dave) Cappellin of Jeisyville, IL., Annette Allen (companion Jeff Eddington) of Raymond, IL., Joseph Gudgel of Tovey, IL., Jacquelyn (husband Greg) Hosto of Kincaid, IL., Paul (wife Tricia) Gudgel of Fancy Prairie, IL., many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Susan Gudgel, a niece Tiffiany Stengel, and a nephew Joseph Eugene Fairbrother.

A Celebration of Gene’s Life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, August 22, 2022, at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.

Visitation for Mr. Eugene F. “Gene” Gudgel, Jr. will be held from 4 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, August 21, 2022, at Masterson’s in Kincaid. 

Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com

Ellen D. (Moore) Waschevski

Mrs. Ellen D. Waschevski, 70, of Buffalo, IL passed from this life at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 13, 2022 at home with family by her side.
She was born in Taylorville, IL February 3, 1952 the daughter of Rolly E. and Frances E. (Campbell) Moore, Sr.
Ellen married Paul Waschevski February 14, 2011 in Buffalo, IL.
Ellen was a faithful member of Grace Community Fellowship in Buffalo, IL.  She retired after 25 years from the Memorial Hospital Visiting Nurses.  Mrs. Waschevski loved spending time with family, crocheting, and reading.  And was big into “Pen Pals”.
Surviving are: Her loving husband Paul of Buffalo, IL a daughter Darlene Mills of Buffalo, IL 3 grandsons Dalton Durbin of Buffalo, IL Dustin Durbin of the Chicago area, Blake Mills of Taylorville, IL a sister Robin (Michael) Wicker of Taylorville, IL a brother Rolly E. (Diane) Moore, Jr of Palmer, IL several nieces and nephews including Mary Beth Stefanos of Jacksonville, IL and Nicholas Morehead of Decatur, IL several great nieces and great nephews and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Masterson Funeral Home, Kincaid, IL.  Her pastor, Rev. Larry L. Hanson will officiate.  Burial will follow in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Visitation will be held for one hour before her services at Masterson’s in Kincaid. Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com and will be printed for her family. 

William Z. Bates

William Z. Bates, 90 of Taylorville passed away on Monday, August 15, 2022 at 7:20 a.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on November 13, 1931 in Taylorville, IL the son of Harry Edward and Nellie (Simpson) Bates. He married Patricia Oyler on November 13, 1952 in Taylorville, IL and she preceded him in death on October 16, 1990. He then married Wanda Bourdumis on December 12, 1992 in Stonington, IL and she preceded him in death on July 13, 2007. He worked and retired from Caterpillar in Decatur. William loved to mow yards and work outdoors especially in the garden.

He is survived by his children: William Z. (Marilyn) Bates of New Braunfels, TX; Julie (Ron) Perona of Owaneco, IL; Scott D. (Marty) Bates of Taylorville, IL; Lisa (William) McGehee of Firestone, CO; Grandchildren: Billy (June) Bates of Texas, April (Brian) Durbin of Taylorville, IL; Luke Bates of Taylorville, IL Jace Bates of Taylorville, IL; T.J. (Aimee) Bates of Taylorville, IL; Patrick (Ashley) McGehee, Derrick McGehee, Erika Peithman and Tony McGehee; Great-Grandchildren: Simone, Corine, Josephine, Adelyn, Mason, Ryan and Ella; Nieces: Lori (Matt) Britach of Ohio and Nancy Martin of Witt, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, both wives, Daughter: Kathy Sue Bates, grandsons: Ryan Bates, Ronnie Perona and Trent Bates, sister: Mary Jane Martin and brother: John Bates and James Bates.   

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 11:30 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Rev. Denis Hudson and Rev. Richard McKirahan officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.

Memorials may be made to Quad County Hospice 1 Huber St. Pana, IL 62557 or Taylorville Southern Baptist Church 1121 N. Webster St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Marian R. Brown

Marian R. Brown, 82, of Taylorville, IL, formerly of Springfield, IL, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2022, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. Marian was born on October 1, 1939, the daughter of James “Bratch” and Lillie (Flatt) Johnson in rural Montgomery County, IL. She was a 1957 graduate of Rochester High School. She retired after many years working for the Illinois Department of Human Services. 

Marian is survived by her loving children: Dana (Rick) Broaddus of Raymond, IL, Sandra Bauswell of Taylorville, IL, and Kevin (Sheila) Bauswell of Chillicothe, IL; grandson: Nathan Broaddus of Morrisonville, IL; Sisters: Avanelle Cook of Edinburg, IL, Cora Carriker of Taylorville, IL and Robert Johnson of Taylorville, IL; She was also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter: Angela, sisters: Juanita Miller, Elizabeth Loledia Hammann, Pearl “Freda” Myers, Reda “Josephine” Melzer; brothers: Charles Johnson, Frank Johnson, James Millard Johnson, and Lark Johnson;

A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL; A funeral service will be held immediately following at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Jim Wagahoff officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marian’s name can be made to the Raymond-Harvel Ambulance Service. The family of Marian would like to express their sincerest gratitude to the volunteers of the Raymond-Harvel Ambulance Service, for their exceptional care.

Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL is assisting the family with arrangments.

Mary Wanda Ostrow

Mary Wanda Ostrow, 85, of Taylorville, passed away at 4:02 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at her residence.

 

Wanda was born October 26, 1936, in Carlinville, the daughter of Elmer Ray and Anna Christina (Friend) Lyons.  She married Troy A. Bonnell, Sr., and they later divorced.  Wanda then married Stanley J. Ostrow on July 20, 1980, in Momence.  He preceded her in death on March 17, 2007.

 

Wanda spent most of her adulthood as a homemaker, but prior to that was employed as a file clerk at Manteno State Hospital.  She was a hard worker and devoted mother.  She loved her family, her friends, and her dogs, which she affectionately called her babies.

 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffrey P. Bonnell; daughter, Debra Ann Boyer; and brothers, Lloyd and James Lyons.

 

Wanda is survived by her son, Troy A. Bonnell, Jr. of Taylorville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Sr. Rose McKeown officiating.

 

Graveside rites will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, at Momence Cemetery in Momence.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

 

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

John Jay Lanzotti

John Jay Lanzotti, 73 of Taylorville, passed away at 5:35p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 24, 1949 in Taylorville, the son of Frank Lanzotti Sr. and Catherine A. (Seward) Lanzotti.

John grew up at the One Mile Inn in Taylorville where he helped with chores during the day and greeted customers each night.

He graduated from 8th grade at St. Mary School and from Taylorville High School with the class of 1969. He enjoyed attending class reunions.

John was one of the first clients at Christian County Mental Health Association’s Developmental Center. He worked there for more than 40 years, often in the wood room where he used skills learned in his high school shop classes.

He lived in a CCHMA group home for more than 25 years. Through the group home and developmental center, he took part in numerous activities like Kids Are Kids dances and trips to the state fair. He competed in Special Olympics, bringing home gold medals for shot put, wheelchair racing, and bowling which was his favorite sport.

John was the ultimate Elvis Presley fan, and, thanks to many thoughtful people, he had a large collection of Elvis movies, music, and memorabilia. He fulfilled his dream of visiting Graceland in Memphis a few years ago.

John was a member of Taylorville Christian Church. For years, kind people in the congregation gave him rides to services every Sunday.

He loved coffee and conversation and, thanks to his friends and local taxis, was a regular at Green Gables, Spring Garden, North Lanes, and the Olde Bowl.

John always led the blessing before family meals. This was his go to prayer: “God is good. God is great. Thank you for our food. Thank you for the wheelchair people. Thank you for my family. Amen.”

He is survived by his sister and brothers: Alberta DiPietro Taylorville, Frank (Pamela) Lanzotti, Jr. Taylorville, and Victor (Kathy) Lanzotti Springfield, IL; nieces: Catherine (Darrell) Robertson, Taylorville; Julie Lilly (Sean Fairclough,) Taylorville; Leanne Lanzotti Urbina, Springfield; and Nicole Lanzotti Davis, Litchfield; nephews: Anthony Lanzotti, Springfield; Andrew Lanzotti, Chicago; and Benjamin Lanzotti, Hutto, TX; several great and great-great nieces and nephews, many cousins, and his family at CCHMA.  He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brothers Terry and James, and brother-in-law Geno A. (Tony) DiPietro.

The funeral service for John will be held at 2:00p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2022, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials in John’s memory may be made to Lee Court, which was John’s home for many years, c/o Christian County Mental Health Association, 707 McAdam Dr., Taylorville.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of John, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Alberta Mae Allen

Alberta Mae Allen, 96 of Stonington, passed away at 4:47 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2022 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on January 2, 1926 in Pemiscot County, Missouri, the daughter of Albert Arthur and Ellen May (New) Brock.  She married Evan Young Allen on May 9, 1943 Perry County, Missouri and he preceded her in death on January 9, 2017.  Mrs. Allen was an active member of the Old Stonington Baptist Church and drove a bus for the Stonington School District for many years.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, and playing cards and dominoes.  Alberta was a talented baker and made the best chocolate chip cookies and pies.  She enjoyed camping and her life centered around her family, by whom she will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by her children: Everett Young Allen (Janet) of Pana, Rodney Lee Allen (Rhea) of Stonington, Kevin James Allen (Daniel Menzies) of Champaign, Stephen Ray Allen (Adriana) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Randy Allen, Richard Allen, Ronald Allen, Rena Burkhart, Danny Cook, Jenny Fikan, Brian Allen, Craig Allen, Chad Allen, Zachary Allen, Christian Allen, Selah Allen, Kamila Allen, Kristina Allen, and Evan Allen; 16 great grandchildren and 15 great- great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son: Ivan Leslie Allen; granddaughter: Tracy Lynn Allen; great grandson: Matthew Burkhart; 4 brothers and 1 sister. 

A funeral service for Alberta will take place at 11:00a.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the Old Stonington Baptist Church with Rev. Scott Parks officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00a.m. until 11:00a.m. on Thursday at the church.  Burial will take place at the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials in Alberta’s memory may be made to the Old Stonington Baptist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Alberta, or condolences to her family, may be shared at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.  

Alice L. Simmons

Alice L. Simmons, 83, of Illiopolis, formerly of Mt. Auburn, passed away August 10th, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. Alice was born March 26th, 1939 to Benjamin Franklin Wright and Lucinda Pearl Wright. She married her high school sweetheart, Earl Simmons Sr. on November 29th 1958. They remained married for 53 years until his death in 2012. Alice worked for the State of Illinois. She started in the Department of Revenue where she helped develop and implement tax codes still in use today. She later worked for the Department of Public Health before retiring from the Department of Vital Records. Alice was baptized as one Jehovah's Witnesses on April 5th, 2008. She was a member of the East Springfield Congregation where she became beloved as a genuine sister and mother to all. Alice was a devoted mother and grandmother. She would gladly admit she would have skipped straight to the grandkids if she knew how fun it was. She always made time for the children and made sure she cheered the loudest. She made everyone feel loved and special. To know her was to love her. 

 

Alice is survived by her sister Marie Clifton Morrison of Michigan, children: Sue (Harry) Harter of West Virginia, Rose Beaston of Mt. Auburn, Earl (Jill) Simmons Jr. of Assumption and son-in-law David Loyd of Illiopolis, as well as 15 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, special nieces Shirley (John) Mattingly and Pam Palmer of Oklahoma and Janet Oyler of Michigan. Alice was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her sisters Wanda and Earlene, and her daughter Linda Loyd.

 

Visitation will be held Friday, August 12, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 20th at 10am at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

 

Memorials can be made to Alice's church: East Springfield Congregation 3076 Normandy Rd. Springfield, IL 62703

 

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

Patrick J. Porter

Patrick J. Porter, 57 of Decatur, passed away at 9:32a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2022 at Moweaqua Rehabilitation and Health Care.  He was born on June 23, 1965 in Taylorville, the son of Clifford Allen and Margaret L. (Turner) Porter.  Patrick previously worked as a machinist at Caterpillar in Decatur.  He was an avid NASCAR fan and especially enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. race.  He enjoyed spending time outdoors, taking walks in nature and going for rides in the country.  Patrick was a jack of all trades, he was a skilled gardener and wood worker, and loved music and attending concerts.  He was rarely seen without wearing his dew rag, often in his favorite color of hot pink.  More than anything he enjoyed time spent with his family. 

He is survived by his daughter: Amanda Fiaoni (Cory) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Zayn Hall and Preston Fiaoni; niece: Kristal Fry (James) of Taylorville; great nephews: Carson Fry and Karter Fry; and aunts: Jean Steele of Morrisonville and Mary Porter of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister: Kristina Mercer.

Mr. Porter’s body will be donated to scientific research, and the family with host a celebration of his life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Patrick, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

Erma M. Bell

Erma M. Bell, 93, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Manor Court Nursing Home in Clinton, Illinois.  

     She was born in Farmer City, Illinois, on October 6, 1928  to Jerry and Bessie (Turpin) Lamb.   She is survived by two daughters, Linda Willis of Maryland and Patti (Jesse) Cooper of Clinton, IL.  Survivors also include grandchildren Kimberly (Jeff) Allison, Kristy (Adam) Grzybowski, Kerry (Kevin) Bruffey, Melinda Johnson, Nicholas Willis, all of Maryland; Tricia (Brian) Cooper, Richard (Dena Whitney) Tuggle, Kyle (Rachel) Tuggle, all of Clinton, IL; as well as 14 great grandchildren who were blessed to have her as their GG. 


     Erma was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Anita Jean Howell; husband Reed Bell; 6 brothers and 6 sisters.


     Erma was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved her crossword puzzles and playing Scrabble and cards.  Hundreds of rounds of Kings on Corner were played at her kitchen table and those memories will be held dear.


     Private services will be held at a later date.

Shirley Lea Spain

Shirley Lea Spain was a mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She left this world on August 5, 2022 at the age of 85.

Shirley was a hard-working woman who spent countless hours mowing lawns and cleaning houses to provide for her family. She loved being out in nature, and gardening in the summertime. She was known for her green thumb and lovingly tended many house plants. She enjoyed reminiscing of days gone by when she was growing up and listening to the whippoorwills in Southern Illinois.

Her children remember her as someone who loved to doodle, and in lighter moments she could be found dancing to old county western songs in her living room. She loved to say that she was proud that she “did it” her way.

Shirley was born to Harry and Pearl Beesley on July 5, 1937 as the second oldest of seven children, and has 3 surviving siblings: Ray Beesley, Carol (Rod) Jackson and Keith Simmons. She herself had 5 children: Cheryl Schuster, Mike Spain, Denise (Warren) Blankschen, Theresa (Bill) Bright and Brenda Spain. She was called grandma by ten grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery in Mulberry Grove, IL.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Steven Daniel Ackerman

Steven Daniel Ackerman, 59 of Taylorville, passed away on Sunday, August 7, 2022 in his home.  He was born on March 4, 1963 in Springfield, the son of David and Gayla (Harter) Ackerman.  Steven had worked for many years as a welder for ATY Building Systems in Taylorville and previously at Dekalb.  He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his son: Joshua Ackerman and granddaughter: Olena Ackerman both of El Reno, Oklahoma; brothers: Leroy Ackerman (Linda) of Taylorville and Bill Ackerman of Collinsville, Oklahoma; sister: Sharon Castell (Judy) of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: Ed Ackerman. 

Mr. Ackerman will be cremated, and his family will host a celebration of his life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Brenda Louise Barker

Brenda Louise Barker, 54, of Taylorville passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 with her family by her side.

Brenda was born February 29, 1968 in Hillsboro, the daughter of Hubert and Betty Louise (Stolte) Barker.  She married Larry D. Grzybinski, and they later divorced.  Brenda then married David L. Lowis, and he preceded her in death on February 10, 2020.

Brenda graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1986.  She worked for many years in the cafeteria at Taylorville High School, and then at Memorial School as a custodian.  Brenda also worked as a bartender at The Patch in Hewittville, and most recently with her grandson, “The John Deere Boy”, providing lawncare. She was a member of The Eagles #1425 in Taylorville, and was a former Secretary of the Mid-State Chapter of A.B.A.T.E.

Brenda was hardworking, generous to those in need, and always late.  She enjoyed riding her Honda Rebel 250, gardening, cooking, baking, fishing, and late night runs for Casey’s Pizza. Above all, her life was her grandchildren, and spending time with them.

She was also preceded in death by her father, and stepfather, Charles V. Babbs.

Brenda is survived by her mother, Betty L. Babbs of Taylorville; daughter, Kaci Louise (husband, DJ) DeVore of Taylorville; grandchildren, Gage Price, Jaylynn DeVore, and Austyn June DeVore, all of Taylorville; brothers, Larry (wife, Vicki), Clarence (wife, Betty), Ralph, and David Barker, all of Taylorville; sister, Tina Babbs of Taylorville; special friend, Missy Zini; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the funeral home.

Interment will follow the funeral ceremony at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  The family invites friends and family to gather at the Church of the Nazarene in Taylorville for a luncheon following the burial.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brenda’s family c/o Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

Penny Yonker

Long time Alaska resident Penny Yonker, 78, passed away on July 21, 2022, while hospitalized at Mat-Su Regional Hospital, Alaska.


Mrs. Yonker was born December 22, 1943 in Taylorville, IL, to Betty Bouvet and William Meikle.   She graduated from Kincaid High School in 1962.  She married Stephen Yonker on February 21, 1964 in Taylorville, IL.  She and her family came to Alaska in July of 1975 where she went to work for the Anchorage School District for many years.  She retired from the Anchorage School District as a Cafeteria worker.  After retirement she and her husband moved to Palmer to enjoy a quieter lifestyle and spending time with their family and grandchildren.


She is survived by her husband, Stephen Yonker of Palmer, AK, daughter Sandie Yonker (husband Andy Flores) of Anchorage, son Jeffrey (wife Denice) Yonker of Anchorage, daughter, Tricia Yonker of Palmer, AK, 7 grandchildren, one brother Todd (Marsha) Gehrs and two sisters Billie Robinette and Carla McKinnon along with several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Bonnie Mulvaney.
 

Richard J. Masterson

Richard J. Masterson, 80, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 10:50 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2022, in his home.  He was born Saturday, September 27th, 1941, in Taylorville, IL the son of James R. and Anna (Schmelzer) Masterson Sr.  
He graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School and Taylorville High School with the class of 1959.  He attended Eastern Illinois University, and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago, IL.


He married Judy K. Ricci on October 6th, 1962, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. They celebrated 59 years of marriage.


Richard was a member of St. Rita's Catholic Church in Kincaid.  He was owner of the Masterson Funeral Home from 1971 to 2017.  He also partnered with Danny Adams owning and operating Pana Monument Company, later adding Adams and Masterson Memorials in Taylorville from 1974 to 2016.  Richard also ran the Ambulance service in Kincaid providing exceptional service to the the community.  
Richard had previously served as President of the Taylorville Lions Club, and was formerly elected to the South Fork School Board.  He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid.


Surviving are his wife Judy of Kincaid, his son Michael (Amy) Masterson of Tovey, daughter Susan Masterson of Cincinnati, OH, grandchildren Alina Duncan and Sarina Duncan both of Cincinnati, Jacob Masterson of Colorado Springs, CO, Gary Fairbrother of Quincy, Lorin Fairbrother of Peoria and Alison Riva of Tovey, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Ida Mae Cambruzzi, brother James R. Masterson II, grandson Michael J. Masterson Jr., and his business partner of 42 years, whom he thought of as a brother, Danny E. Adams.


Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 5th, 2022, at St. Rita's Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL.  Fr. Alan Hunter will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.


Visitation for Richard J. Masterson will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Masses in Memory of Richard.
Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com 

Beulah Gaynor Dyer Martin

Beulah Gaynor Dyer Martin, 68 of Taylorville, passed away at 11:27p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  She was born on January 26, 1954 in Springfield, the daughter of Raymond Patrick and Beulah (Durbin) Gaynor.  She married Thomas Martin in 2003 and he preceded her in death on December 8, 2015.  Beulah was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and previously worked as a car detailer at Bob Ridings as well as her own business.  She truly enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

She is survived by her son: Roger Dyer (Amie) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Clayton Dyer (Tabitha), Caelyn Dyer, and Savannah Blanford; great grandchildren: James Dyer and Jackson Dyer; siblings: Rita Martin of Taylorville and Michael Gaynor (Jean) of Owaneco; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and siblings: Raymond Patrick “Pat” Gaynor, Janette Matthews, and Thomas Gaynor. 

A visitation for Beulah will be held from 3:00p.m. until 5:00p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  Her family and friends are invited to join together for a celebration of her life, to be held immediately following the visitation on Sunday, at the Funky Monkey, 2100 W Spresser, Taylorville.  Memorials in Beulah’s memory may be left to her family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Beulah, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

James Arthur Reed, Jr.

James Arthur Reed, Jr., 75 of Taylorville, passed at 2:27 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

 

Jim was born on May 20, 1947 in Decatur to James Sr. & Dorothy (Hudson) Reed. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy. Jim was a devoted husband to his wife, Regina (Lonnon) Reed for 54 years, a loving father to his two daughters: Heather (Rusty) Reed-Snyder of Taylorville, and Jessica J. Reed of Taylorville; 4 grandkids: Remy, Corey, Skyler, and Ava; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: June, and his best canine friend, Eddie Dean.

 

Jim worked as an over-the-road truck driver for 35 years for ADM and Carry Transit, where he ultimately retired. He enjoyed mornings at the local coffee shop with friends and family, and painting on the side. His biggest passion was traveling with his daughters to their horse shows and watching them compete as much as he could. Jim didn’t know a stranger, he could strike up a conversation with anyone and tell a good joke or two. Above anything else, he was a family man. He was a loving husband, dedicated father, and hard working man that would drop everything to help others out. He will be greatly and deeply missed by all the lives he touched in his 75 years here with us.

 

Following Jim’s wish, he will be cremated and laid to rest at Hall Cemetery in Blue Mound. Private family services will be held at a later date. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville, Illinois, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Jim, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Hector "Dirk" Frank Bustamante

Hector “Dirk” Frank Bustamante, 58 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:55 p.m. at his home in Taylorville, IL. He was born on October 19, 1963 in Fort Stockton, TX the son of Frank and Delores (Uerta) Bustamante. 


He is survived by his Companion of 20 years Angela Peters; Children: Michael (Caitlin) Bustamante of Taylorville, IL, Tristin (Nancy Florez) Bustamante of Texas, Danielle Peters and Fiancé Fletcher Collins Jr. of Taylorville, IL, Janiva Herrea of New Mexico, Grandchildren: Aleece Peters-Westbrook, Flynn Bustamante, Fletcher Collins III, Fhallen Collins, Mother: Delores Bustamante of Texas; Sisters: Priscilla Bustamante of Denver, CO; Jillian Bustamante of Texas and several Nieces and Nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father Frank Bustamante and Brother: Michael Bustamante.


Hector will be cremated and his family will host a celebration of life at a later date.
Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 
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