Taylorville Obits Archives for 2023-07

Barbara L. Clarke

Barbara L. Clarke, 79, of Taylorville, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2023, at her residence.

Barb was born November 25, 1943, in Taylorville, the daughter of Earl and Helen (Wilbur) Jones.  She married James Clarke on November 27, 1965, in Morrisonville, and they have enjoyed over 57 years of marriage.

Barb graduated from Morrisonville High School with the Class of 1961.  She was a homemaker and provided in-home daycare services for 18 years.  Barb also worked for the State of Illinois for the Department of Public Aid for nearly five years.  She was a longtime member of St. Maurice Catholic Church in Morrisonville, where she was active in the Altar & Rosary Society.  Barb enjoyed reading and puzzles, but she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandkids the most.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and daughter, Michele Ferrill.

Barb is survived by her husband, James Clarke of Taylorville; children, Michael Clarke of Springfield, David (Jodi) Clarke of Knoxville, TN, Robert (Stacey) Clarke of Pawnee, Lori (Matt) Wemple of Taylorville, and Brenda Lavin of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Josh (Rachel) Ferrill, Wesley (Katie) Ferrill, Megan (Brandon) Ferrill, Connor Clarke, Evan Clarke, Ethan (Hanna) Clarke, Ellie Clarke, Devon (Theresa) Wemple, Luke Wemple, Lane Wemple, Nic (Emillee) Lavin, Nathan Lavin, and Natalie Lavin; great grandchildren, Liam, Regan, Taren, and Evonne; brother, Glen (Janet) Jones of Clearwater, FL; sisters, Betty (Richard) Camden of Springfield and Rita Mitchell of Taylorville; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2023, at St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.  The funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with The Very Rev. Thomas Hagstrom, V.F. as celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery in Morrisonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Maurice Catholic Church, 706 SE 4th Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546. Donations of food may be brought to the Knights of Columbus Hall #1151 in Morrisonville on Friday morning.

The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville with ceremonies.

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

Marilyn K. Wattelet

Marilyn K. Wattelet, 85 of Stonington, passed away at 2:55p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on July 22, 1938 in Stonington, the daughter of Wilbur and Mabel (Moomey) Blakeman.  She married Richard J. Wattelet on January 17, 1959 in Stonington, and he preceded her in death on December 27, 2000.  Marilyn was a graduate of Stonington High School where she was a cheerleader, and that Wildcat pride continued throughout her entire life.  In 1982 she and Dick founded the Joy Assembly Church, a ministry that continues to serve the area to this day.  She was active in every aspect of the church’s ministry, faithfully serving her neighbors no matter the need.  Her loving spirit was also evident in her work as a secretary for the Stonington elementary and high school.  She was thought of as an honorary mother and grandmother to countless students throughout the years because of her love for every child in the community.  She also previously served as the clerk for the Village of Stonington.  She loved shopping for clothes, shoes, and jewelry.  In more recent years she enjoyed spending time dining with friends and family at Country Kitchen in Taylorville where she formed a special connection with the owner of the restaurant, Benny Letniku.  More than anything she was devoted to her family.  She never missed a school or sporting event in which her family was involved.  Marilyn left an indelible mark on her church, community, and family and will be missed by everyone that knew her. 

She is survived by her daughters: Mary Beth Vaughn of Stonington, Lori Ann Oyler (Terry) of Taylorville, and Becky Shirley (Greg) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Tara Ramsey of Stonington, Jimmy LeVault (Kelsey) of Taylorville, John LeVault (Ashley) of Stonington, Tim LeVault (Kailey) of Taylorville, Ashley Hughes (Kenney) of Stonington, Kelli Pochynok (Jason) of Springfield, Kayla Vickers (Casey) of Taylorville, and Lexi Shirley, Wyatt Shirley, and Brock Shirley all of Taylorville; great grandchildren: Trey Ramsey, Kendall Ramsey, Henry LeVault, Julian LeVault, Kaiden LeVault, Olivia Gray, William McDermith, Colton McDermith, Rylan LeVault, Theodore LeVault, Kennedy Hughes, Layla Hughes, Gavin Oyler, Jordan Pochynok, Emery Pochynok, Abel Vickers, and Arlo Vickers; sisters-in-law: Sandy Powel and Margaret Blakeman; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law: Kevin LeVault; grandson-in-law: Kenneth Ramsey Jr.; 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

A funeral service for Marilyn will take place at 1p.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Joy Assembly Church in Stonington with Rev. David Knoblich and Terry Niles officiating.  Visitation will take place from 11a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Joy Assembly Church or the Stonington Community Center.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Marilyn, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Joseph P. Kemp

Joseph P. Kemp, 65, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at his residence.

Joey was born July 31, 1957, in St. Louis, MO, the son of Cloyce P. and Joyce C. (Hess) Kemp.  He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1976 and went to work on the “Crimson Duke”, a riverboat on the Mississippi, until his retirement in 2020.  From the 40 plus years of traveling up and down the Mississippi River, Joey developed his own dialect that his family and friends came to love.  He loved the great outdoors, and the harder it was to find Joey, the happier he was.  He loved auctions, where he would look for antique toys and paintings, and he loved animals, especially his dogs. Joey had a heart of gold and would do anything for family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce C. Kemp; his brother, Dennis Kemp; and brother-in-law, Terry Harbert.

Joey is survived by his father, Cloyce P. “Papa Joe” Kemp of Naples, FL; sisters, Nancy Harbert and Kathy (husband, David) Moore, both of Langleyville; nieces and nephews, Adam (Shayna) Thomason of Skokie, Grant (Katie) Harbert of Houston, TX, Hayley (Jimmy) Harbert of Taylorville, and Andy (Elizabeth) Moore of Bowling Green, MO; and great nieces and great nephews, Sophie, Owen, Otto, Elliette, and Everlee.

Joey will be cremated, and no public ceremonies are planned at this time.

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

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

 

Milton 'Mike' Meadows

Milton “Mike” Meadows, 76, of Auburn, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 27, 2023, at his home.

Mike was born July 11, 1947, in West Virginia, the son of Milton and Edna (Elliot) Meadows.  Upon graduating high school in Matoaka, WV, he moved to Chicago.  Mike married Diane Washam on July 4, 1972, in Springfield, and they have enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

Mike worked for Metal Décor in Springfield for 38 years and he and Diane spent over 10 years as the owners and operators of Meadows Country Crafts.  He was a supremely talented metal art craftsman and was one of only eight brass etchers in the entire world.  Mike had many interests, including coin collecting, woodworking, and his fish pond.  He loved yard work and was proud of how he maintained his yard to perfection.  Of all his talents and interests, Mike simply loved life and his family, always putting them first.  Mike was an incredible husband, and the absolute best daddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Shirley “Tag”, Darlene, Brenda, Chuck, and Glen.

Mike is survived by his wife, Diane Meadows of Auburn; children, Frank, Charles, Dirk, Treva, Melanie, Michael, and Michelle; grandchildren, Breanna, Amanda, Shelby, Blain, Emily (Lux), and Leah; 9 great grandchildren; special daughters, Corinne, Tricia, and Heather; and brother, Bill.

Private family ceremonies have been held.

Memorial contributions may be made to: ASPCA or Sangamon County Animal Control.

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

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

 

Ronald Boyer

Ronald “Hawkeye” Boyer, 78 of Edinburg, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on June 17, 1945 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Preston Earl and Dorothy Ruth (Martindale) Boyer.  He married Bernadine LaMont on November 9, 1974 in Funks Grove. 

Ron graduated from Northeast Missouri St University, and went on to serve the US Army, where he spent time in Europe and Korea.

During and after his time in service, he worked as a teacher and guidance counselor, while also chasing his passion of coaching track & field, baseball, football, and basketball.  He served as an IHSA baseball umpire.

He went on to work as a Springfield mail carrier and retired from the Post Office after 25 years of service. He was a hard worker, was unconditionally loyal, and was a lifelong supporter of St Louis baseball and Iowa Hawkeye athletics.

He enjoyed red wine, mowing his yard, and tending to his garden. He cherished opportunities to witness his family members compete in sports.  Above all, he was a family man and adored his 3 grandchildren, and leaves behind many fond memories for all that knew him.

He is survived by his wife: Bernadine Boyer of Edinburg; sons: Jeff Boyer (Jennifer) of Mt. Zion, Tim Boyer (Ashley) of Edinburg, and Greg Boyer (Andrea) of Mattoon; grandchildren: Carter, Riley, and Avery Boyer; and siblings: Carolyn Stober of Talladega, Alabama, Judy Lamb of Moravia, Iowa, and Kenneth Boyer (Barbara) of Stanford, Kentucky.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ron will be cremated, and a memorial service will take place at 5:30p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Cody Battefeld officiating.  Visitation will take place from 4:30p.m. until the time of the service at 5:30p.m. on Friday.  Memorials may be made to the Edinburg United Methodist Church or St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Ronnie, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Larry Eugene Franz

Larry Eugene Franz, 75 of Mt. Zion, IL, was welcomed Home by the Lord on Sunday, July 23, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Larry was born on May 15, 1948, in Lincoln, IL, to the late Elmer and Ruth. He married the love of his life and best friend, Dee, on November 7, 1998. They spent their life laughing, loving, and trusting God to see them through any obstacle.

For thirty years, Larry owned and operated the White Hen Pantry’s in Decatur, IL. Everyone knew him for not only his hot coffee and having the freshest deli in town, but also for the pride he took in his business and the feather duster he carried in his back pocket. After selling the stores, Larry worked alongside Dee in their Mary Kay business, which brought them so much joy serving consultants and customers!

Larry was a long-time member of First Christian Church in Decatur, IL. He had a very strong relationship with the Lord and trusted him to carry him through even the most treacherous waters. He leaves a legacy of faith with his family and those close to him.

He is survived by his loving wife: Dee; children: Michelle, Brad (Jen), Jamie (Beau), LaRee (Jenny), brothers: Jim (Patty), Steve (Jenny); mother-in-law: Linda Ford; brother-in-law: Bob; eleven grandchildren that will miss their papa dearly, along with many special nieces and nephews. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather: Jack Easley; brother: Kenny Franz; sister-in-law: Mary Collier; and brother-in-law: Larry Ford.

A graveside service to celebrate Larry’s life will be held on Friday, July 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL. Pastor Tim Revis will be officiating.

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

Judith Ann Bragg

Judith Ann Bragg, 80 of Taylorville, comfortably passed away on July 21, 2023 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing Center.  She was born on August 20, 1942 in Morrisonville, the daughter of William and Ruby (Schmedeke) Friedrich.  She married Don Bragg on June 25, 1987.  Judy spent the majority of her life in Langleyville and Taylorville.  She was a strong advocate for animals and loved Manners Park as well as many other local charities. 

She is survived by her husband: Don Bragg of Taylorville; sons: Jeff (Stephanie) Reid and Mike (Debbie) Reid; sister-in-law: Delores Friedrich; stepchildren: Kent (Jill) Bragg and Kelly (Gary) Brown Jr.; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many special friends in the community.  She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson: Matthew Reid; brothers: Robert and Larry Friedrich; and sister: Doris Friedrich Oller.

Judy will be cremated, and the family will host a celebration of her life at 2p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Burton’s Tap in Langleyville.  Memorials may be made to the Christian County Animal Shelter to save animals as she always tried to do.  The family would like to thank her niece, Karen Fishel, for all her love and support given over the years.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Judy, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Barbara A. Moomey

Barbara A. Moomey, 79 of Owaneco, passed away at 7:15p.m. on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at Pana Community Hospital.  She was born on May 28, 1944 in Taylorville, the daughter of Ritzman and Melba (Jones) Bishop.  She married Ronald Moomey on May 20, 1977 in Nashville Tennessee.  Barb worked as a telephone operator for Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company for many years and was a member of the Owaneco United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed shopping, collecting frog figurines, playing cards, and reading.  Barb loved to host family gatherings and delighted in giving gifts, and she made sure each gift was perfectly wrapped.  Above all she loved her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored. 

She is survived by her husband: Ronald Moomey of Owaneco; children: David Rightnowar of Taylorville, Cathy Mizeur (Larry) of Owaneco, Renee Coppock (David) of Billings, Montana, John Rightnowar of Taylorville, Peggi Cisco (Mark) of Stonington, Linda Moomey (Brent) of Owaneco, and Dawn Swiney (Donnie) of Millersville; grandchildren: Kate Tremain, Kenneth Moomey Jr., Alyshia Rightnowar, Paul Mizeur, Mark Mizeur, Cierra Coppock, Joshua Cisco, Kayleigh Cisco, Nicole Cisco, Shawn Moomey, Ann Moomey, Stephen Swiney, Scott Swiney, and Rachel Swiney; several great grandchildren; sisters: Sue Powell (Bob) and Linda Schroyer (Roger); and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; son: Kenneth Moomey; and brother: David Bishop.

The funeral service for Barbara will take place at 10:00a.m. on Friday, July 28, 2023 at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Rev. Jessica Baldyga officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Owaneco Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Barbara, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.   

Jesse T. (Tom) Franklin

Jesse T. (Tom) Franklin, 75 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on July 16, 2023 at the Illinois Veterans’ Home of Anna. He was born on May 23, 1948 in Springfield, IL to Jess Louis Franklin and Grace Virginia Kline. Jesse married Lucille (Leaderbrand) Loreth on November 5, 1980 in Taylorville and she survives.

Jesse served in the United States Air Force and worked for the Department of Corrections for twenty-three years. He was a proud member of the Taylorville Masonic Lodge #122 AF & AM and the VFW Post 4495 in Taylorville. Jesse was also a Ham Radio operator and worked as a camp host in Missouri for several years. He loved riding his Harley and he and his wife spent eighteen happy winters in Florida. In his spare time, Jesse enjoyed driving his 1929 Model A in various parades and car cruises. Above all else, Jesse loved spending time with his family, whom he loved dearly.

He is survived by his wife: Lucille Franklin; step-children: Vickie (Jerry) Williams of Rochester, IL; Kim (Patrick) McGriff of Murphysboro, IL; grandson: Jesse Eric Franklin of Hatton, ND; step-grandchildren: Julie Cheu of Murphysboro, IL; Cori Loreth of Clinton, IL; Morgan Loreth of Tucson, AZ; Colt Ramos of Denver, CO; Luke Ramos of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren: Skie, Roland, and Gracelyn Franklin; several step-great-grandchildren; sister: Sharon Turner of Taylorville, IL; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; son: Jesse Michael Franklin; step-son: Mark Loreth; brothers: Gillis Franklin; Bill Franklin; and Mike Franklin; and his brother-in-law: Bill Turner.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. A funeral service will be held the following day at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Jim Bowman, a long-time friend, officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Memorials in Jesse’s Honor may be made to the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Anna, IL or to the Taylorville VFW.

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

Patsy Lee Keene

Patsy Lee Keene, 88 of Taylorville, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.  She was born on September 24, 1934 in Granite City, the daughter of Carl and Opal (Fowler) Reifsteck.  She married Daniel Worth Keene on August 31, 1957 in Chillicothe, and he preceded her in death on February 13, 2014.  Patsy was a member of Women of the Moose Chapter 1263 in Taylorville, the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Christian County Senior Citizens, and the Ansarettes.  She enjoyed spending time on the golf course, playing cards, gardening, and enjoying lunch with family and friends.  More than anything, Patsy loved her family and was the best grandma and GiGi.

She is survived by her children: Mitzi Mills (Doug) of New Richmond, Wisconsin, Mindy Larimore (John) of Edinburg, and Mike Keene (Laura Jarosz) of Green Bay, Wisconsin; grandchildren: Brendon Larimore, Mario Figueroa, Danielle Scott, Laura Robinson, Lindsay Larimore, Phillip Mills, Sean Keene, and Matthew Keene; great grandchildren: Irelyn and Landyn Ewing, Addison, Ivan, and Alden Robinson, and Brody Scott; siblings: Barb Stedman and Pete Reifsteck (Hilda); and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; stepfather: George; and sister: June Bornsheuer.

A funeral mass for Patsy will take place at 11:00a.m. on Friday, July 21, 2023 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Chillicothe with Fr. Martin Mwongyera officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church and burial will be in the Chillicothe City Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Patsy, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Charles W. Montgomery

Charles Wayne Montgomery, 76 of Cary, North Carolina, passed away on July 2, 2023. He was born in Taylorville, Illinois on June 16, 1947. Charles was a retired programmer for IBM, and made his home in Cary, NC. Charles was preceded in death by his wife: Betty Joann Montgomery; father: Floyd Wayne Montgomery; and brother: David Eugene Montgomery. He is survived by his sons: Charles Richard Montgomery and Robert James Montgomery; mother: Frances Eileen Montgomery, and brother: Mark Alan Montgomery. Graveside services will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery at 11 am July 22nd 2023, with a gathering at Mt. Auburn Community Center following the services.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville, Illinois is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Charles, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Mr. Dillard Luttrell

Mr. Dillard Luttrell, 83, of Tovey, IL died Thursday July 13, 2023 at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Rochester, IL.

He was born in Windsor, KY on April 10, 1940 the son of Garland Grant and Edna Mae (Douglas) Luttrell.

Dillard married Carol Jean Hadden on December 13, 1958 in Edinburg, IL.

Mr. Luttrell was a member of U.M.W.A. and a former Board Member and former Mayor of the Village of Tovey, IL. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and was an antique collector.  He retired from the Marissa Mine after a 39 year career coal mining mostly at #10 near Pawnee, IL.

Surviving along with his wife Carol Jean are 2 sons Wayne (wife CanDee) Luttrell of Kincaid, IL., Mark (wife Amy) Luttrell of North Carolina, 4 grandchildren Colby (Danica) Luttrell of Chatham, IL., Jordyn (Michael) Bailey of Terre Haute, IN., Taylor (Jeff) Skinner of FL., Austin Luttrell of Raleigh N.C., 2 great-grand children Leven Luttrell and Addie Bailey, a brother Ballard Luttrell of Stonington, IL., 3 sisters Brenda (William) Nixon of IN., Vanda (Mike) Cody of Riverton, IL., Glenda (James) Yeaman of Tovey, IL., along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by is parents, 2 brothers Willard and Lillard and 1 sister Wanda Eden.

Private family services will be held.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is assisting with arrangements.

 

Sharon Kramer Downs

Sharon Kramer Downs, 83 of Taylorville, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on July 14, 2023, after a brief illness.  She was born on April 12, 1940, in Millersville to Ogretta Schafle Kramer and Raymond Kramer.

Sharon graduated with the class of 1958 from Taylorville High School and later attended Lincoln Land Community College. Sharon was a dedicated employee for over 40 years at the Sangamon Company where she held various managerial positions. She also was former owner of The Best 4 Less gift and greeting card store on the Taylorville Square. Sharon was a member of the Davis Memorial Christian Church and later Taylorville Christian Church. She was a life member of the Beta Sigma Phi social sorority. Throughout her life, Sharon loved water skiing, playing golf and bowling as a member of the Powder Puff league. She enjoyed gardening and especially loved tending to her rose bushes. She was a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears and loved watching the March Madness college basketball tournament. Sharon had fun playing bridge and poker with her friends and family.

She is survived by her children, Susie Posnock (Wendy) of Skokie, IL and Dana Davis (Pascal Peintre) of Bordeaux, France; her beloved granddaughter Alexandra Je Posnock; Siblings: Shirley Behrends, Carole Swigert and Ray Kramer; cousins William Perk Wilson, Bonnie Kramer and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Donna Daughtry; and dear cousins Michael, David and Jeanne Budds, Don Kramer, Mary Kramer Lussow; and her special best friend Mark Szabo.

A visitation will be held on Monday, July 17, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Taylorville, Il. A private family funeral service will take place following the visitation with Reverend James Jones officiating. A private family interment will take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in rural Taylorville at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to the Saving Tiny Hearts Society P.O. Box 1058 Deerfield, IL 60015 or online at savingtinyhearts.org or to the Pana Hospital Foundation.

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

 

Mr. Harold Ray "Shanks" Leaderbrand

Mr. Harold Ray “Shanks” Leaderbrand, 92, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 8:42 a.m. Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at Lewis Memorial Christian Village, Springfield, IL.

He was born in Detroit, MI on December 3, 1930 the son of Elmer R. and Hazel (Neal) Leaderbrand.

Harold married Shirley Jean Howard on June 23, 1952 in Jefferson City, MO.  She preceded him in death December 3, 2013.

Mr. Leaderbrand was a member of the Baptist Faith.  He retired in 1991 after 26 years at Mine #10 near Pawnee.  He was known for playing country music on his Steel Guitar and was a member of the RockABilly Hall of Fame inducted September 2, 2006 as a member of Red Moore and the Rhythm Drifters.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are his children: Terry (Tricia) Leaderbrand of The Villages, FL., Darla (Tim) Pieper of Kincaid, IL., Mike Leaderbrand of Shelbyville, IL., Christie (Ron) Nelson of Kincaid, IL., 7 grandchildren Jason and Nicholas Nelson, Trevor Leaderbrand, Tara Ott, Sean and Bethany Pieper, and Derek Fulton, 4 great grandchildren Ethan Fulton, Georgiana Perryman, Rosalind Ott and Elaine Pieper along with siblings Preston Leaderbrand of IN., Jimmy Leaderbrand of NV., Lucille Franklin of Taylorville, and many nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Laura Fulton, granddaughter Tiffiany Lynn Pieper, sister Gloria Pelc, brother Lawrence E. Leaderbrand and sister Jean Boulanger. 

Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 A.M. Monday, July 17, 2023 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Funeral services will immediately follow at 11:00 A.M.  Rev. Louis Kunz will officiate.  Burial will then take place at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  Memorials contributions are suggested to Kincaid Baptist Church – P.O. Box 526 – Kincaid, IL 62540.

Denise S. Snapp

Denise S. Snapp, 67 of Taylorville, passed away at 2:40p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  She was born on June 1, 1956 in Madisonville, Kentucky, the daughter of Bob and Loretta (Bumpus) Nelson.  Denise previously worked as a licensed beautician.  She enjoyed collecting porcelain dolls, playing cards, and cooking.  Denise loved spending time with her family, especially on her “girls nights out”.  She adored her family, especially her grandbabies whom she adored, and was always willing to help others no matter what she was going through. 

She is survived by her son: Robbey Snapp (Tracy) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Skylar Snapp, Makalia Snapp (Brandon Watkins), Michael Snapp (Lainey Sides), Bridgette Snapp (Dante Brown), and Holly Snapp; great grandchildren: Troy Smith Jr., Rhett Smith, Blaze Sides, Izabella Sides, Aralynn Sides, Cruz Snapp, Bennette Snapp, Addalynn Brown, and Camrynn Brown; sisters: LaVeta Haddock and Christy Callaway (Mark) both of Owaneco; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brother: Willie Nelson; sister: Vickie Hughes; previous husband: Mike Snapp; and brother-in-law: Roy Haddock.

Denise will be cremated, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Inurnment will be in the Rosedale Cemetery in Dawson Springs, Kentucky.  Memorials may be made to her family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Denise, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Clyde "Buzz" Leon Oller

Clyde “Buzz” Leon Oller, 95 of Taylorville, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Springfield Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 17, 1927 in Taylorville, the son of Clyde C. and Ruth (Young) Oller. He married Doris Mae Kerns on February 6, 1954 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and she preceded him in death on November 14, 2012. Clyde retired from CIPS where he worked for over 40 years and a member of IBEW Local 702. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Clyde proudly served his country during World War II, stationed in China with the Marine Corps. He was a 50 year member of the V.F.W. Clyde was an avid reader, enjoyed practicing calligraphy, attended college after he retired, loved to garden and spend time with his family.

He is survived by his children: Howard Oller, Eric Oller (Lisa Roskamp), and Lee Oller (Michael Grover); Grandchildren: Grady Oller, Madeline Oller-Vornberg, Mary and David Oller; siblings: Russell Oller (Irene), Rita Hancock, Wilma Weitekamp along with sister-in-law Wanda Oller. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter in-law Roseanne Oller, siblings Larry Oller, Helen McGehee (Luke), and infant brother Howard along with extended family Bass and Evelyn Ess, Roy, Betty, Mike and Richard Kerns, Jim Kerns and Leonard “Bud” McTaggart, Mary and Floyd Rodgers, Jim Hancock, Andrew Oller, and sadly his favorite dog Bailey. 

A funeral service for Clyde will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023 at McClure Funeral Home with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.  Burial, with military graveside rites, will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Clyde, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Wayne and Ellen Spencer

Wayne and Ellen Spencer, of Taylorville, were reunited in eternal life on June 14, 2023, when Ellen passed away at her daughter’s home in Tuscumbia, AL.  Wayne unexpectedly passed away shortly before her on May 22, 2023, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Wayne was born February 24, 1941, in Hillsboro, the son of Raymond and Delberta (Smith) Spencer.  He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.  Wayne was employed by Horace Mann Insurance Company, retiring as a Senior Systems Consultant.

Ellen was born March 23, 1943, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Raleigh and Jessie Pearl (McClaine) Scott.  She worked as a cosmetologist at Oak Terrace Nursing Center and Retirement Apartments until her retirement.

Wayne and Ellen were married on December 21, 1959, and enjoyed over 63 years of marriage.  They were longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville.

They were preceded in death by their parents; son, Kurtis Spencer; Wayne’s brother, Howard “Tiny” Spencer; Ellen’s brother, Fred Scott; Ellen’s sister, Mary Heidbreder; and their brothers-in-law, John Heidbreder and Kenny Niesmann.

Wayne and Ellen are survived by their daughters, Ronda (Don Patterson) Spencer of Tuscumbia, AL, and Kathy Spencer of Nokomis; grandchildren, Jessica (Patrick) Clark, Chris (Braden) Spencer, and Quentin (Samantha) Patterson; great granddaughters, Madison and Tatum Spencer; Wayne’s brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Donna Spencer; Ellen’s sister, Betty Niesmann who passed away shortly after Ellen on June 27, 2023; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The memorial ceremony will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Inurnment will be held at Asbury Cemetery in Raymond at a later date.

In lieu of flowers due to family allergies, memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Wayne and Ellen, or to offer condolences to their family.

William 'Bill' Daugherty

William “Bill” Daugherty, 67, of Morrisonville, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2023, at his residence.

Bill was born July 13, 1955, in Taylorville, the son of Phillip and Dorothy (Scott) Daugherty.  He married Joni Hunt on November 8, 1980, in Taylorville, and she survives him.  Bill is also survived by his and Joni’s sons, Daniel (Charity) Daugherty of Morrisonville, and Joseph (Amanda) Daugherty of Edinburg; and five grandchildren, John, Chelsea, Jason, Maggie, and Hazel.

Bill worked for Peabody Coal Mine #10 for 21 years and worked periodically as a farmhand for many years.  He enjoyed spending his time on his farm, bank pole fishing, and he loved mowing. Bill took his greatest joy from spending time with his kids and grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Robert and Peggy (Dowdy) Hunt; and a granddaughter.

Bill will be cremated and a private celebration of life in his honor will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bill’s family, so they can plant a memorial tree in his honor.

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

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

Joseph A. Smith, Jr. D.D.S.

Joseph A. Smith, Jr. D.D.S., 86, of Taylorville, passed away at 5:58 a.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023, at his residence. 

Joe was born March 26, 1937, in Taylorville, the son of Joseph A. and Della J. (Zigman) Smith.  As a young boy he worked as a paperboy, delivering to half of Taylorville.  Joe excelled at paper throwing which led to him entering and winning the State of Illinois Newspaper Throwing Contest.  He graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1955 and went on to complete his bachelor’s degree at St. Louis University, where he was a member of the Air Force ROTC.  Joe enjoyed ROTC so much he served in the Army Reserves for nearly 30 years and retired as a colonel. 

Joe married Janet G. Cochran on May 7, 1966, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville.  They enjoyed 57 years of marriage.  Joe graduated from dental school at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  He was a partner in Mid-Illinois Dental Associates for 57 years, retiring at the age of 82.  Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served as the basketball coach at St. Mary School for 30 years.  He was a trombonist in the Taylorville Municipal Band for nearly 70 years, and a member of the American Cancer Society and Knights of Columbus Post #2120 in Taylorville.  Joe was also a past member of the Taylorville Country Club, where he was an avid golfer.  His passion was gardening and landscaping his yard, and he was a University of Notre Dame and St. Louis Cardinals fan.  In his later years, Joe was an exceptional caregiver for his wife, and he will be remembered for his generosity and random acts of kindness to others.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Joseph Smith; granddaughter, Samantha Elizabeth Brahler; and brother, Dr. Edward A. Smith.

Joe is survived by his wife, Janet G. Smith of Taylorville; children, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Scottsdale, AZ; Peter (wife, Charlotte) Smith of Bowling Green, KY; Katie (husband, Trevor) Sample of Edinburg; Matthew (wife, Colette) Smith of Scottsdale, AZ; Margaret (husband, Alan) Southard of Grosse Pointe, MI; and Joe (wife, Kirstyn) Smith of Bowling Green, KY; grandchildren, Paetra (husband, Cory) Smith, Demetria Smith, Andrew Sample, Camden Sample, Adella Southard, Ian Southard, Olivia Smith, Anabelle Smith, and Ezekiel Smith; sister, Teresa (husband, Donald) King of Huntley; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation: The family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Funeral Mass: 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Piotr Kosk as celebrant.

Interment will follow the funeral mass at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

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

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

Mr. John A. Holmes

Mr. John Allen Holmes, 78, of Kincaid, IL passed from this life at 8:12 P.M. Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Du Quoin, IL on August 21, 1944 the son of John Ival and Alice (Glazebrook) Holmes.

John married Hazel C. Bershers on March 21 1963 in ARK., and again on March 21, 1991 in Springfield, IL.  She preceded him in death August 10, 2014.

Mr. Holmes was a member of the Kincaid Baptist Church.  He worked hard to provide for his family for over 50 years at factories including: Weaver Manufacturing, Circle Steel, New Products and Caterpillar through the mid 80’s.  He then went to work as a simi-truck driver for companies including North American Van Lines, Lehr Trucking and Crate & Pallet until illness forced his retirement in 2019.

Surviving are: a daughter Kathryne “Kay” Stevens of Kincaid, IL., a son David Mayberry and his companion Laura Greene of Springfield, IL., along with several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son John Jr., wife Hazel, grandson Charles Allen Stevens and a son-in-law Martin Stevens.

Visitation for Mr. Stevens will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL.  Funeral services will be held there at 11:00 A.M. Thursday the 13th with Rev. Louis Kunz officiating.  Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery, rural Edinburg, IL.  Memorials are suggested to Kincaid Baptist Church – P.O. Box 526 – Kincaid, IL 62540

Cecilia Jane Yonker

Cecilia Jane Yonker, 77 of Taylorville, died on Monday, July 3, 2023 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

She was born on May 11, 1946, the daughter of Cecil and Geraldine Haines of Taylorville, both of whom preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald “Tom” Haines and John Haines.

Cecilia graduated from Taylorville High School and attended St. John’s School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse working for St. Vincent’s Hospital in Taylorville and then the State of Illinois before retiring in 2008. Cecilia was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing, and various other crafting projects in her free time. She will be remembered for being a kind hearted, fun loving woman, who loved spending time with her family and friends.

Cecilia is survived by her son: Alan Yonker; daughter: Brenda (Matthew) Hughes; grandchildren: Bailey Yonker; Bricelyn Yonker; Brenna Yonker; Matthias (Abby) Hughes; Austin (Libby) Hughes and Tyler Hughes; great-grandchildren: Iris; Elisha; and Alakai; sister: Barbara “Barb” (Steve) Waddell; and brothers: Robert “Bob” (Cheryl) Haines and James “Jim” (Sandy) Haines.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023, from 10:00-12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will begin at noon with Father Alan Hunter officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Memorials in Cecilia’s honor may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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

Lester Zumwalt

Lester Zumwalt, 99 of Pana, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. at Pana Community Hospital in Pana, Illinois. He was born on October 16, 1923, in Lincoln County, MO the son of George and Ann (Deloney) Zumwalt. In May of 1949, he married Darlene Sackett and they had three children. He later married Phyllis Dudra, a long-time friend and companion. They later divorced. 

He is survived by his children: Dale Zumwalt of Rehoboth, MA; Janet Vieback of Pana, IL; Don Zumwalt of Elko, NV; grandchildren: Kelly Zumwalt; Lisa Zumwalt; Scott Zumwalt; Zachery Ray; Natalie Clifton; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Isabelle Zumwalt; nieces: Barbara Waggoner; Eloise Slaughter; Karen Graves; Bonnie McClemen; Mary Kay Miller and nephew: George Zumwalt. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson: Berry Zumwalt; brothers: Orville Zumwalt and Melvin Zumwalt; sister: Nellie Galloway and nephew: Bud Zumwalt. 

Lester joined the Army in 1946 and served during WWII. After his tour in the Army, Lester went back to school and earned his teaching degree. He taught school in Pana for many years. In the early 70’s, he purchased the local skating rink which became PLA-MOR Skate. People of all ages enjoyed the time spent at the rink. It was a safe, fun place to go. In 1986, the skating rink became PLA-MOR Danceland; the best dancehall around with live music, both country and ballroom dancing. Lester also loved to play golf. He played lots of different courses, but especially loved to play the Ramsey Golf Course, where he shot a record 27! During his last couple years, Lester enjoyed riding his scooter to Pana Park where he would often visit with former students and others who would stop by to say hello.  

Lester will be cremated and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023. Details to be announced at a later date.  

McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Please sign our online guest book at mcclurefuneralhome.com 

Neil "Allen" Ittenbach

Mr. Neil “Allen” Ittenbach, 54, of Kincaid, IL died Sunday, July 2, 2023 with family by his side at Arcadia Health Care in Jacksonville, IL.

He was born in Peoria, IL November 4, 1968 the son of Neil E. and Peggy (Niemeyer) Ittenbach.

Mr. Ittenbach enjoyed: building things, flying model airplanes, playing guitar, playing pool, gardening, wood working, machining, video games – especially X-Box with his grandson, he was an amazing cook, picky eater, played in various local bands “Excel” and “Katch 22” to name a few, he played Tuba in his high school marching band, and formerly played with the Worship Team at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora, Minnesota.  He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially his grandchildren. He had been working at Mueller’s in Decatur as their Head Mechanical Engineer, and still considered himself a member of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are 2 daughters Kierstin Ittenbach of Kincaid, IL., Haylie Ittenbach of Taylorville, IL., 2 grandchildren Kash Ittenbach and Ezra Gist, his mother Peggy Frey of Taylorville, IL., a sister Janette McConnell of Taylorville, IL., and her children, Allen's niece Jessie McConnell and his nephew Brady McConnell, cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, a sister Janeice, his grandparents, an aunt, a cousin and others.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 15 in Edinburg Cemetery.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL is assisting with arrangements. Condolences may also be left here at mastersonfh.com and will be printed and given to his family.

Dorothy E. Speagle

Dorothy E. Speagle, 88 of Taylorville, passed away on June 27, 2023, at her residence. She was born on June 28, 1934, in rural Assumption to the late James Render Garrett and Ruby Lee Garrett. She married Donald Duane Speagle on March 14, 1954, and he preceded her in death.

Dorothy loved giving back to her community. She was very involved with the development of the School of Light and volunteered for 22 years as a coach for the Special Olympics of Christian County. She loved bird watching, playing cards, and spending time at the Senior Citizen Center.

She is survived by her sons: Daniel (Mary) Speagle; David (Michelle) Speagle; grandchildren: Kimberly (Michael) Anderson; Nathan (Alee) Speagle; Kelsey Speagle; Joy (Cory) Schutte; Jodi Burden; Jennifer (Nathan) Bissey; Jacob (Devon) Carlen; great-grandchildren: Nicholas; Mattie; Quincy; Blake; Dylan; Tyler; Ashleigh; Cherokee; Devin; Cayden; Colin; Alaina; and best friend: Charlie Plotner.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents: James and Ruby Garrett; husband: Donald Speagle; sister: Pat Nave; and daughters: Debbie Speagle and Denise Longtin.

A visitation will be held on July 7, 2023, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A private family inurnment will be held at a later time.

Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizen Center.

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

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