Taylorville Obits Archives for 2023-08

Ms. Phyllis M. Selzer

Ms. Phyllis M. Selzer - September 3, 1924- August 26, 2023  

Ms. Phyllis M. Selzer, 98 of Kincaid passed from this life Saturday, August 26, 2023 at home.   

Phyllis was born in Waukegan, Illinois on September 3, 1924, to Louis and Anna Young. She passed away peacefully at home on August 26, 2023.  

Phyllis married her High School sweetheart Richard J. Selzer on July 11, 1942, in Monticello, Missouri. On this trip of 350 miles, they went through 11 flat tires on their Model A!  

During WWII, Phyllis worked for Western Union. She then raised 5 children. A wonderful, loving, devoted Mother. Once the children were grown, she took an office position at the Kincaid Power Plant. Her husband also worked there. They made lasting friendships in that building.  

Phyllis spent her free time traveling with Richard. As the family grew, many of these travels included their grandchildren. She loved gardening. She took pride in her fruits, vegetables and flowers. She canned vegetables and made jams and jellies for all.  

She was an excellent seamstress. Sewing clothing and costumes, alterations and craft projects. She was also an avid quilter. She not only blanketed the family in her creations, but a lot of love was shared with the surrounding communities through the hundreds of quilts she donated. Phyllis was a firm believer in passing on kindness, she not only spoke of it but put it into action. One organization she worked with was “Project Linus”, there is a good chance if your family has experienced a hardship, home loss or sick child, you received a quilt.  She loved going to garage sales and would often buy coats to donate. She inspired her family by also showing all of us that we could do it too. She sewed and made quilts into her mid to late 90’s.  

Phyllis loved to read novels and complete crossword puzzles. You could always find either of the two near her favorite chair.  

Phyllis was so loved by her husband Richard. She had a special relationship with each of her children. She was able to see Grandchildren grow into adults, while having a unique relationship with each one. In the age of computers, she still received and sent handwritten letters to friends and family. She shared stories from a time we can only imagine and made anyone in her company feel welcome.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Brother: Arnold Young, son: James Selzer, and daughter: Phyllis Watson. She is survived by her daughter: Sandra Simmons (Tom Jonak), son: Raymond Selzer (Yvonne) and son: Louis Selzer (Connie Anderson). 3 “Special Nieces”, 11 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great, Great Grandchildren.  

Although she was immensely loved, it was her wish not to have a funeral. Mastersons Funeral Home will be assisting with cremation services, however. In lieu of flowers or memorials it was her request that donations be made to the Midland Volunteer Fire Department in Kincaid or to Project Linus-Central Illinois Chapter.  

Don E. Metsker

Don E. Metsker, 89 of Owaneco passed away at 9:28p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on October 1, 1933, in Pana, the son of Wayne I. and Edna V. (Morgan) Metsker.  He married Margaret Ann Singler on March 10, 1957, in the St. Louis Catholic Church in Nokomis, and she preceded him in death on December 21, 2015.  Don served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict as an operating engineer.  Don was a lifelong farmer in the Owaneco area and was extremely proud of his Centennial Farm.  He was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a member of the Ansar Shrine and Ag Corps as well as Davis Memorial Christian Church.  Don lived an active life, he enjoyed flying as a private pilot, dancing, and traveling.  He was proud of his family’s legacy of competing in rodeos for 3 generations. 

He is survived by his children: Nancy Handegan (Gerald) of Taylorville, Deborah Jo Metsker-Boydstun (John) of Berwick, Catherine Metsker of Carlock, Dennis Metsker (Christine) of Taylorville, Janice Metsker-Galarza (Jorge) of Los Fresnos, TX, and Timothy Metsker (Kimberly) of Owaneco; grandchildren: Nathan Handegan, Veronica Waggoner (Seth), Ashley M. Swanson (Taylor), Logan Henry (Rodney), Brant Basting (Alyson), Reid Basting, Bryce Basting, Ben Metsker (Kaitlyne), Cody Metsker (Samantha), Ty Metsker (Jessa), Dawniele Hilbig (Matthew), Madison Bahner (Derek), and Austin Metsker; 12 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Doris Seal and Barbara Niebrugge.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and brother: Robert Metsker.

The funeral service for Don will take place at 11:00a.m. on Friday, September 1, 2023, at Davis Memorial Christian Church with Pastor Dennis Metsker officiating.  Visitation will take place from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. on Thursday at the church with Masonic rites at 7:00p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral on Friday.  Burial will be in the Buckeye Cemetery in rural Owaneco.  Memorials may be made to the Davis Memorial Christian Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Don, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Joseph David Cook

Joseph David Cook, 78 of Pawnee, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023, in his home.  He was born on May 3, 1945, in Taylorville, the son of Herbert and Mary Jo (Sutton) Cook.  He worked for Peabody Mine #10 where he retired after 30 years of service and was a member of UMWA Local 9819.  David enjoyed woodworking and loved poodles, having raised several over the years. 

He is survived by his siblings: Barbara Hodges (Weldon) of Taylorville, Jerry (Roswitha) Cook of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jessie Dumont (Janet) Cook of Stonington; and caretaker: Misty Martin of Pawnee.  He was preceded in death by his parents. 

David will be cremated, and a graveside memorial service will take place at 10:00a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at Old Stonington Cemetery with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of David, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

JoAnn M. Salefske

JoAnn M. Salefske, 81, of Taylorville, passed away at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.

JoAnn was born May 4, 1942, in Wanamingo, MN, the daughter of Ole and Marian (Gunderson) Vold.  She graduated from high school in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.  JoAnn married Calvin E. Salefske on April 10, 1965, in Freistadt, WI.  He preceded her in death on October 8, 1989.

JoAnn moved to Morrisonville in the mid-70’s, and upon Calvin’s death relocated to Taylorville.  She worked for several years as an aide for Taylorville Terrace.  JoAnn loved fishing, Joyce Meyer books, Billy Graham, and the Minnesota Vikings.  She would also tell others, “Send your kids to Sunday School!”  JoAnn was loving, spunky, and always taking care of others.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; great granddaughter, Ayla Jean McKinney; sisters, Diane Murphy and Christine Sholing; and brothers, Melvin, Charles, and Joel Vold.

JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Hendricks of Taylorville, and Karyn Brown of Wilmington, OH; grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda West) McKinney of Palmer, Jeffery (Melissa Luermann) Brown of Newark, OH, Kristin Hoffman of Wilmington, OH, and David Thomas of Wilmington, OH; great grandchildren, Case, Aliyah, Aspen, Adalyn, Cora, Mya, and Josie; sisters, Karen Johnson of Red Wing, MN, and Sonja (Mike) Landon of Cannon Falls, MN; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Ceremony & Visitation: The funeral ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546, with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  The family will receive friends following the ceremony until 7:00 p.m.

Private burial will be held at Morrisonville Cemetery.

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 JoAnn, or to offer condolences to her family.

Jeremiah D. Briggs

Jeremiah D. Briggs, 35, of Edinburg, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon.

Jeremiah was born April 20, 1988, in Springfield, the son of Joy Ann Briggs.  He grew up in White Hall and attended North Greene High School.  Jeremiah was currently employed by Aramark in Springfield.  He enjoyed cooking, hiking, and car rides to places he had never been.  Jeremiah’s greatest love was for his family, and spending time with them as often as possible.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert E. and Sharon (Buchanan) Hutton, Sr.; and uncle, Robert E. Hutton, Jr.

Jeremiah is survived by his partner, Gary L. Miller, Jr. of Edinburg; mother, Joy Ann Briggs of White Hall; brother, James Brooks, Jr. of Roodhouse; aunt, Mary Beth Hutton-Neff of White Hall; uncle, Jerad Hutton of Petersburg; and several cousins.

 Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral ceremony will follow the visitation at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Cremation rites will be provided following ceremonies.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jeremiah’s family.

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

 

Charles W. Truax Sr

Charles W. Truax Sr., 83 of Edinburg, passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center.  He was born on November 30, 1939 on his family’s farm in rural Edinburg, the son of Gordon and Elta (Cook) Truax.  Charles was a lifelong farmer in the Edinburg area.  He was a 60 year member of the Blueville Lodge #647 A.F. & A.M.  He had a passion for aviation and held a private pilot license for many years and enjoyed riding motorcycles.  More than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. 

He is survived by his son: Charles Truax Jr. of Edinburg.  He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Victoria Johnson, Mary Thomas, Clara Harbert, Kenny Truax, and Norman Truax. 

Mr. Truax will be cremated, and no services are planned.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Charles, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Mary Marie Farmer-Mason

Mary Marie Farmer-Mason, 47 of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 in her home.  She was born on April 22, 1976 in Tampa, Florida, the daughter of Ronald Dale and JoAnn (Horney) Farmer.  Mary enjoyed playing Bingo, collecting jewelry, and spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews.  She loved her dog Rosco who held a special place in her heart. 

She is survived by her companion: Justin Ginger of Taylorville; sister: Patricia (Chris) Pullaro of Tampa, Florida; several nieces and nephews including Zachary Pullaro; stepdaughter: Jadlyn Ginger and her son Kale; 2 great nephews and 1 great niece; and mother-in-law: Elizabeth Ginger.

Mary 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 Mary, or condolences to her family, may be shared at www.mcclurefunearlhome.com.

Jeffrey Todd Russell

At home, surrounded by his family, Jeffrey Todd Russell, 51 of Taylorville, passed away on August 18, 2023, after going to battle with MSA-C , a brutal, inconceivable neurological disease. Naturally, it had to be an uncommon disorder. Jeff never pursued an ordinary path.  His mantra was always:  Bigger, Better, Now!  Jeff was the gentlest of giants, a virtuous leader, and friend to all. 

He was born on January 27, 1972, in Springfield OH, to Kermit Dean Russell and Kathleen Elaine (Brookhart) Russell.  He married the love of his life, Stephanie Russell, on January 15, 2021, and she survives. 

Following the completion of his Mechanical Engineering degree at Ohio University, he obtained his MBA at Wright State University.  Jeff’s career included 13 roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming the VP of Global Operations/Manufacturing for a major technology company.  Jeff’s professional reputation is fondly remembered by those who worked with him, as he was a master problem solver who cared deeply for those who reported to him and depended on his leadership. 

 If you had the honor of becoming friends with Jeff, it was for life.  Even after more than 20 years he still cherished his time at OU with his Marching Band 110 family. If there ever was a degree in retail therapy, Jeff would have been called the Master Retail Therapist. Once again, Bigger, better, NOW!   He had a passion for Harleys and BMWs, each one being given a unique name, they should truly be listed here as his children… but that list is too long.  He knew every science fiction movie. He knew the name of all IPA beers and could drink every single one of you under the table, not mentioning names here. He loved the thrill of traveling, visiting many countries including Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Germany, Ireland, England, China, South Africa, etc.

Not only are his memories carried on by his wife: Stephanie Russell of Taylorville, IL; step-children: Lindsay Moomey (Cody) of Nokomis, IL; Caleb Johnson (Madi) of Fox Lake, IL; Canden Johnson of Urbana, IL; Cayden Johnson of Minneapolis MN; step-grandchildren:  Laila Mae Kious; Benson Moomey; Arlo Moomey; Solomon Moomey; Finnley (Finny Fish) Johnson; Mother Kathy Russell (Jack Metz) of Urbana OH, sister: Bethany Brown of Cable OH; and his much loved nephew Tyson Brown of Cable OH, but all who had the honor of knowing him.  He was proceeded in death by his father Kermit Dean Russell (Mary Sue).

Cremation rites have been accorded and services are pending.

Please join us in Celebrating the life of Jeffrey Todd Russell at his sister’s farm on September 23, 2023, 7451 E. US Highway 36, Cable Ohio, 43009.  

Memorials contributions in Jeff’s name can be made to the Jud and Frank Lawler Memorial Scholarship Fund by visiting give.ohio.edu/funds/lawler (the Give Now button) or checks made payable to The OU Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens OH 45701 and write LAWLER in the memo. 

In closing, one favorite movie quote Jeff used on all of us “You Shut Your Mouth When You’re Talking to Me!”

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

Tony Dan Whetsell

Tony Dan Whetsell, 77 of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on January 24, 1946 in Mattoon, the son of James and Thelma (McKenzie) Whetsell.  He married Carolyn Jean Reese on October 20, 1965 in Mattoon, and she preceded him in death on August 26, 1999.  Tony worked for several years at Liberty Mutual in Taylorville and went on to teach for 19 years for the Pana Schools.  He was a member of the Taylorville Christian Church and graduated from Eastern Illinois University.  More than anything, Tony loved spending time with his family. 

He is survived by his children: Amy Whetsell (Cheryl) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Andy Whetsell (Beth) of Taylorville, and Aaron Whetsell (Heather) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Sophie Whetsell, Jake Whetsell, Mallory Westrick, and Macey Westrick; sister: Kayla Grisson (Fred) of Mattoon; and brother: Matt Whetsell (Jamie) of Silver Springs, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and one brother.

In accordance with his wishes, Tony will be cremated, and no services are planned.  Memorials may be made to the Taylorville Christian Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Tony, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Timothy 'Tim' S. Hershey

Timothy “Tim” S. Hershey, 77, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on August 17, 2023 in Bloomington, IL. Tim was born on February 15, 1946 to Richard G. and Charlotte (Rueger) Hershey in Ann Arbor, MI. 

Tim graduated from Taylorville High School in 1964. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Millikin University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Illinois Springfield. Throughout his life, Tim was a successful farmer. He loved the land and particularly the planting season. Tim devoted his career to growing Prairie Rise Farms. 

Tim had many interests. He competed in equestrian competitions throughout IL. Tim was an animal “whisperer,” making connections with and loving animals his entire life. He was elected to the Christian County Board and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville, IL. 

Tim loved his family dearly. He will be forever cherished and missed by his wife, Marsha; son, Richard (Connie) of Owaneco, IL; daughter, Hillary of St. Louis, MO; granddaughter, Gabrielle of Portland, OR; grandchildren, Chad Barlow, of Florence, SC, and Alix Barlow (Dominic Fallin) of Taylorville, IL; sister, Carol (Ron) Periard of Springfield, IL; nephews, Mark (Barbara) Periard of Grand Rapids, MI, and Geoff Periard of Naples, FL; stepdaughter, Stacie France (Scott Bloom) of Bloomington, IL; step grandson, Charles Rada of Bloomington, IL; and many great grandchildren, great nephews, and a great niece. 

Memorials in Tim’s honor may be made to Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd, Taylorville, IL 62568, or Taylorville High School Future Farmers of America (FFA), 1100 N. Sportsman’s Drive, Taylorville, IL 62568. 

A private, family service will be held to celebrate Tim’s life.

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

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

Barbara Ann McKinnon

Barbara Ann McKinnon, 81, of Taylorville, passed away quietly on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.

Barb was born April 12, 1942, in Witt, the daughter of Jesse O. and A. Pauline (Kessler) Oller.  She married Robert T. McKinnon, Sr. on December 16, 1961, at the Southeran Baptist Church in Taylorville.  He preceded her in death on January 2, 2018.

Barb was a devoted member of Taylorville Christian Church.  She was a longtime member of the Hospitality Committee there, where she truly loved working alongside the many wonderful women and men of the committee.  She loved her church, and the devotion to her faith was apparent to all who knew her.  Barb was also a bus driver for Head Start in Taylorville for over 20 years.  She loved her work there and the many children she met over the decades.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Keith, Earl, Butch, and Chuck Oller; and sisters, Joyce Dees, Donna Travelsted, Juanita Lawrence, and Doris J. Buck.

Barb is survived by her son, Robert T. (wife, Cathy) McKinnon, Jr. of O’Fallon, MO; grandson, Robert T. McKinnon III of O’Fallon, MO; sister, Linda (husband, Bill) Moma of Taylorville; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Funeral Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at Taylorville Christian Church, 1124 N. Webster Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The funeral ceremony will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor James Jones officiating.

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

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Taylorville Christian Church or Vision Way Christian School, 1124 N. Webster 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 Barb, or to offer condolences to her family.

 

 

Anderson, Cohen Oliver

Cohen Oliver Anderson, Infant Son of Neal Steven Anderson and Kayla Christine (maiden name Cooper) Anderson of Rochester, Illinois died August 12, 2023 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, Illinois.  He was born August 6, 2023 in Springfield.  Visitation will be Thursday, August 17, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Rochester.  Committal will follow in Rochester Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Memorials may also be made for a Memorial Bench in Cohen’s honor to be placed in a suitable public location yet to be determined. 

 

Cohen Oliver Anderson is survived by his Parents:  Kayla and Neal; Brother:  Griffin Anderson; all of Rochester, Illinois; Maternal Grandmother:  Laura Cooper of Taylorville, Illinois; Maternal Grandfather:  Craig Cooper of Taylorville, Illinois; Paternal Grandparents:  Steve and Sherry Anderson of Springfield, Illinois; Maternal Great-Grandparents:  Peg and Gary Fry; Jean Cooper; all of Taylorville, Illinois; and Paternal Great-Grandfather:  Roy Anderson of Naples, Florida.   

 

The family is being served by Kennedy & Sons Funeral Home, Pana, Illinois.

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Doris Allen

Doris Allen, 98 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center. She was born on March 21, 1925, in Muskegon, MI, to the late Guy Foster and Vivian (Schieb).

Doris graduated from Taylorville High School in 1943. She married Leland Allen, on March 9, 1943, and they spent seventy happy years together until his passing on March 29, 2013. Doris was a homemaker and took pride in taking care of her family and home. She loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her daughter: Anita (Victor) Mullins of Taylorville, IL; Randy (Joleen) Allen of Chilicothe, IL; grandchildren: Richard (Debbie) Hardas of Nokomis, IL; Julie Sisk of Nokomis, IL; Kris (Bill) Mares of Salisbury, NC; Daniel (Ashley) Allen of Princeville, IL; fifteen great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; and sister: Sharon Riva of Mt. Zion, IL.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents: Guy and Vivian Foster, husband: Leland Allen, brother: Wayne Foster; and her grandson-in-law: Donald Sisk.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 12:00-1:30p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Reverend Kris Mares officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials in Doris’s honor may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

 

Richard "Dick" Evans Jr.

Richard “Dick” Vaughn Evans Jr., 90 of Taylorville passed away on Friday, August 11, 2023 at 8:05 p.m. at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on January 27, 1933 in Decatur, IL the son of Richard Vaughn and Myrtle L. Kufner Evans Sr. He married the love of his life Joyce Mincey on September 1, 1957 in Savannah, GA. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and began his career teaching freshman science at Taylorville High School. In 1963, after four years of teaching, Dick left to join his father at the R. V. Evans Company in Decatur, IL which eventually became a third generation family business after being joined there by his brother, son, and nephew. Under Dick’s leadership, the small family business became a premier distributor of industrial packaging and fastening systems across the Midwest. Dick was very active in his community and in the business world. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville, IL where he sang in the choir and served as an Elder. In 1959, he became the official scorekeeper of the Taylorville High School Boys and Girls Basketball teams, a position he held for 53 years. In recognition for his service, he was inducted into both the Taylorville High School and Illinois Basketball Coaches Halls of Fame. He was a member of the Board of Directors for First National Bank in Taylorville, the Richland Community College Foundation, and the Lincoln Land Community College Advisory Board. Dick also was a charter member of the Taylorville Underwater Search and Recovery Team, making use of his diving skills. He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a social member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Taylorville, IL, and a member of the Decatur Civil War Roundtable. He loved antique cars, owning several Studebakers and Ford Thunderbirds. Dick’s 1955 Thunderbird was shown nationally and earned a first-place award in its class in Dearborn, MI. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years: Joyce Evans of Taylorville, IL; son: Kelly (Tina) Evans of Mt. Zion, IL; Daughters: Amy (Stephen) Caron of Camas, WA; Jill (Wayne) Hodges of Guyton, GA; grandchildren: Drew (Katharine), Karli and Cole (Lisa) Evans; Nicholas (Melody) Caron; Megan and Evan (Julia) Riner; great-granddaughter: Daphne Caron; Brother: Tom (Deborah) Evans of Decatur, IL; Sister: Kathryn Jones of Fairfax, VA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother in-law. A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Taylorville Tornados Sports Boosters, or a charity of your choice. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL and Gamble Funeral Service in Savannah, GA are assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guest book at mcclurefuneralhome.com and/or www.gamblefuneralservice.com

Douglas M. Butts

Douglas M. Butts, 56, of Taylorville passed from this life at 12:40 A.M. Sunday, August 13, 2023 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehab.

He was born June 17, 1967 in Great Lakes, IL the son of Glenn E. and JoAnn J. (Pollard) Butts. 

Douglas marries Kenneth “Lee” Sedlock October 7, 2013 in Springfield, IL.

Douglas worked for 12 years as a caregiver for Lee Sedlock and formerly as a CNA in Litchfield, IL.  He was a member of the Taylorville Eagles Club where he enjoyed playing Bingo.  He was known to be a big-hearted guy.

Surviving are his husband Lee of Taylorville, IL several brothers and sisters along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters’ Glenda Jean “Jeannie” Moore and Kerri Ann Butts.

A Celebration of Life and A Benefit for Douglas M. Butts will be held at the Eagles Club in Taylorville, IL on Saturday, October 30th starting at 3:00 P.M.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is assisting with arrangements.

Donald E. Rightnowar

Donald Earl Rightnowar, 85 of Chicago, formerly of Taylorville, passed away on November 22, 2022 in Chicago.  He was born on April 27, 1937 in Taylorville, the son of Earl and Marie (Burke) Rightnowar.  Don graduated from Taylorville High School in 195.  He is survived by his sisters: Sharon Koonce, Carol Miller, and Shirley Calloway all of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother: Elma Blankenship Rightnowar, 5 brothers and 2 sisters. 

Don was cremated and a graveside memorial service will take place at 10:00a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2023 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Pastor James Jones officiating.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Quinn Nathaniel Logue

Quinn Nathaniel Logue, 22 of Stonington passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at 10:45 a.m. at his home in Stonington, IL. He was born on October 22, 2000 in Champaign, IL the son of Daniel Logue and Penny Humpage-Logue. He enjoyed being outside, watching Barney, and light shows on his ceiling. Through Quinn’s many challenges of his disability, he didn’t let them stop him from enjoying life.

 

He is survived by his Mother Penny Logue of Stonington, IL; Father Daniel Logue of Taylorville, IL; siblings: Nick Logue, Courtney (Brandon) Webb, Elizabeth Logue, Samantha Logue, Bowen Logue; Grandmother: Reta Humpage; Nieces: Brooklynn and Hazel Webb, Uncle Troy and Aunt Sarah Hogarth. He was preceded in death by his grandpas: Nolan Logue and Robert Humpage, Sr.; great-grandparents: Howard and Ola Keeling; great-uncles: Danny Milligan, Sr., Danny Keeling, and Darwin “Glen” Keeling; cousin: Wesley Keeling 

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL. There will be no service following the visitation. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

 

Memorials may be made to McClure Funeral Home 302 W. Poplar St. Taylorville, IL 62568.

 

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

 

Please sign our online guest book at mcclurefuneralhome.com

William R. France

William R. France, 72 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on August 10, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital. William “Bill” was born the oldest of seven children to William Robert France and Barbara Irene Johnson on February 23, 1951, in Beardstown, IL.

Bill was in the National Honor Society and graduated in the top 10 of the Taylorville High School Class of 1969. Bill earned an Illinois State Scholarship and attended Western Illinois University where he studied Computer Science for four years. During college summers, Bill worked on electrical line crews and discovered a love for working outdoors. As a result, Bill altered his career path and became a third-generation lineman. Over his 40 years of line work, Bill was employed by N.G. Gilbert, L.E. Myers, and CIPS. He enjoyed being a line crew foreman and could tell stories about powerlines throughout Illinois.

Bill was an avid bicyclist, adventuring across many states with treasured friends, “The Wild Hogs.” In retirement, Bill appreciated trips across the country on his Honda Goldwing. Spending time with family and friends was always a top priority.

Bill will be forever cherished and missed by his daughter, Stacie France (Scott Bloom) of Bloomington, IL; grandson, Charles W. Rada of Bloomington, IL; siblings, Michael (Janet) France of Wanesville, MO, Stephanie (John) O’Bryan of Taylorville, IL, Lisa Moses (Jim Jones) of Taylorville, IL, Robert France (John Madera) of Norwalk, CT; stepfather, Robert McKinnon of Taylorville, IL; sister-in-law, Terri France of Taylorville, IL, brother-in-law, Randy Swiney; step-siblings, Marsha (Paul) Martynowski of Taylorville, Donna Miller of Edinburg, Robert McKinnon of Riverton, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Randy France, and his sister, Laura Swiney.

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral service will begin at 6:00 p.m. with Honorable Judge Ron Spears officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizen’s Center.

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

Mary Elizabeth Podeschi

Mary Elizabeth Podeschi, 94, of Frisco, TX, formerly of Kincaid and Taylorville, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at her residence, surrounded by family. 

Mary was born April 12, 1929, in Kincaid, the daughter of the late William H. and Aurora “Doris” L. (Susin) Cummings.  She married Marcel R. Podeschi, the longtime owner of the Taylorville My Store, on June 6, 1948, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Kincaid.  Mary and Marcel were childhood sweethearts, having met in the accordion band when they were 12 and 14 years old.  In addition to accordion, she played saxophone in the Taylorville High School Band, while Marcel played trumpet.  They both loved to take a turn around the dance floor.  They resided in Taylorville until 1995, when they moved to St. Louis, and then St. Petersburg, FL in 1997. Marcel preceded her in death on May 16, 2003.  After Marcel’s death, Mary moved to Fairview, TX to live near her son David, daughter-in-law Susan, and granddaughter Lori.  She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, and an avid bridge player.

Mary is survived by her children, David (wife, Susan) Podeschi of Prosper, TX, Denise (husband, William Maloney) Podeschi of Scottsdale, AZ, Daniel (wife, Cindy) Podeschi of Roanoke, VA, and Darrin (wife, Jennifer) Podeschi of Prosper, TX; grandchildren, Lori (husband, Jeff) Antonioli, Christopher (wife, Carrie Vitko) Podeschi, Haley (husband, John “JP” Preston) Baker, Hanna (fiancé, Pendleton “Penn” Draper) Podeschi, Alexandra Podeschi, Ann Marie Podeschi, and William Podeschi; great grandchildren, Matthew (wife Samantha) Antonioli, Ryan (wife Brooke) Antonioli, Henry Podeschi, and Ruby Podeschi.

Visitation, Rosary, & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  A rosary service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the church, and the funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Piotr Kosk as celebrant.

Interment will follow the funeral mass at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

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

Harold L. Doubles Jr.

Harold L. “Skeet” Doubles Jr., 76 of Stonington passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at 9:07 p.m. at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on January 16, 1947 in Wheeling, WV the son of Harold L. Doubles and Jean S. Grimm. He married Patricia Gehly in 1969 in York, PA and they later divorced. He then married Rosemary Younker on December 31, 1998 in Stonington, IL. Skeet retired from Caterpillar after 30 years and then later from Monsanto after 15 years. He loved Fast Boats, Ford cars, Nascar Racing, Camping, spending time on his back porch and long naps. He loved spending time with his family and meeting new friends.     

He is survived by his wife: Rosemary Doubles of Stonington, IL; Son: Brian Doubles and Companion Ciumara Coronetti of Riverview, FL; Daughter April (Santo) Iacono of Wrightsville, PA; Step-Children: Zach (Melissa) Younker of Monteray, CA; Kendra (Charlie) Gardiner of Avon Lake, OH Cassidy (Sam) Weller of Taylorville, IL; Seven Grandchildren; Six great-grandchildren; Sister: Cathy (Randy) Moose of Dover, PA and Brother: Joseph Doubles of York, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents and his Brother: Daniel Doubles.   

Visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville, IL. Memorial service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will also be held on Friday, August 18, 2023 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at the Wrightsville Assembly of God Church 365 Orange St. Wrightsville, PA, 17368. A memorial service will also follow this visitation starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Wrightsville Assembly of God Church in Wrightsville, PA.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital

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

Please sign our online guest book at mcclurefuneralhome.com

Karen Mae Macke

Karen Mae Macke, 77 of Sherman, formerly of Taylorville, passed away on August 3, 2023 at The Villas West in Sherman, IL. Karen was born on September 21, 1945 in Paris, IL, to the late Truman and Freda (Ross) Morgan. She married Denny Joe Macke on March 25, 1965 in Marshall, IL and he preceded her in death.

For many years Karen was a in-home daycare provider then after graduating with an associate’s degree, Karen went on to work as a registered nurse for many years. She will be remembered for the kindness and compassion she showed her daycare children and patients.  She was an active member at Way of Life Church in Taylorville and loved spending time with her family.

Karen is survived by her daughter: Annette (David) Booth; son: Terry (Laura) Macke; grandchildren: TJ (Holly) Macke; Benjamin (Lyndie) Macke; Sierra Macke; Jonah (Kayla) Macke; great-grandchildren: Elleanor and Sawyer Macke; sister: Kay Rentfrow; brothers: Darrell Morgan and Leland Morgan; as well as her sister-in-law, Jeannette Morgan, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Truman and Freda Morgan; her husband: Denny Macke; daughter: Kathy Macke-Hayes; her granddaughter: Ashley Hayes and brother: Donald Morgan.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, from 10:00 am -12:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. A funeral service will take place at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Stan Prat officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorials in Karen’s honor may be made to Christian County Animal Control.

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

Norman L. McConnell

Norman L. McConnell, 78 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on August 2, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 1, 1945, in Taylorville to the late Louis McConnell and Peggy Jackson.

He is survived by his daughter: Dorothy Brown and fiancé Chris Clark of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Tammy Brown of Taylorville, IL; Elizabeth Harter of Taylorville, IL; Christopher Harter Jr. of Taylorville, IL; Taylor Luttrell of Taylorville, IL; Serenity Luttrell of Palmer, IL; siblings: Vernon (Wanda) McConnell of Edinburg, IL; Richard McConnell of Taylorville, IL; Lewis McConnell of Rochester, IL; Ralph McConnel of Stonington, IL; and Walter Lynn of Taylorville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Jackie McConnell; Jerry McConnell; and Gerald McConnell.

Norman will be cremated, and no services will be held at this time.

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

Mrs. Gloria Jean Chalacoff

Mrs. Gloria Jean Chalacoff, age 83, of Kincaid, IL, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

She was born on February 5, 1940, in White City, IL.

She was a graduate of Kincaid High School, Kincaid, IL. She married the love of her life, Gary Byron Chalacoff, in 1959, and their marriage was a living testimony to everyone.

Those who were blessed to know her will forever be inspired by her love for the Lord and her unconditional love for others. She was a lifetime member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid, IL. 

She is survived by her children, Gary (Linda) Chalacoff of Flowery Branch, GA, Dena (Craig) Smith of Freeport, IL; grandchildren: Jacob Chalacoff, Makayla Chalacoff, Garret (JiHyun) Smith of South Korea, Brandon Smith; great-grandchild: Nolan Chalacoff; brother: Michael (Connie) Busonic; sisters: Victoria Ginger and Sheila Frazier; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Gary B. Chalacoff; parents: Michael and Francis Busonic; In-laws: Donald and Josephine Chalacoff; Brothers-In-Law: Pete Frazier and Lawrence Ginger.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, August 7, 2023, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Kincaid, IL.  Fr. Piotr Kosk will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville, IL.  There will be no visitation.  Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid is assisting with arrangements.  Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com. 

In lieu of Flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in memory of Gloria Chalacoff to:  St. Jude’s Children Hospital – www.stjude.org  OR The Wounded Warrior Project - support.woundedwarriorproject.org

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