Taylorville Obits Archives for 2023-11

Suzanne "Suzie" Freese

Suzanne “Suzie” (Watkins) Freese, 84 of Taylorville, went to be with the Lord at 11:07 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She passed peacefully, with family and friends by her side.

Suzie was born on August 5, 1939, in Urbana, the daughter of Reese and Erma (Heerdt) Watkins.  She married George Thomas Freese on June 9, 1963, at the Wesley United Methodist Church, in Urbana.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the University of Illinois and worked for 29 years as the choir director for the Taylorville Public Schools.  During her time working at the school, she was instrumental in organizing many Madrigal Dinners, musicals, and other choral performances.  She was a member of the Taylorville First United Methodist Church and was also an active member of P.E.O.

Suzie was passionate about many things, most of all her family. She loved having everyone home and enjoyed making meals, playing cards and catching up. She was a passionate advocate for her students throughout the years. She always tried to inspire them to chase their dreams. She was encouraging, compassionate, and diligent in all of her endeavors, and had a profound impact on countless lives.  She will be sorely missed.

Suzie is survived by her husband: George Freese of Taylorville; children: Jeff (Sheila) Freese of Fernandina Beach, Florida, and Jennifer (Scott) Reeves of Victoria, Minnesota; grandchildren: Lindsay Freese, Alyson Reeves, Jordan Freese, and Emily Reeves; sister: Carol (John) Sims of Naperville; and sister-in-law: Mary (John) West of Farmer City.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather. 

A celebration of life service for Suzanne Freese will take place at noon on December 27th, at the Taylorville First United Methodist Church with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.  A private inurnment will take place at a later date at the Arthur Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the Taylorville First United Methodist Church or P.E.O., Chapter FG. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Suzie, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

Dennis Lee Rexroad

Dennis Lee Rexroad, 76 of Taylorville, passed away at 6:10am on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on December 13, 1946, in Springfield, the son of Charles Albert Rexroad Jr. and Etta Louise “Betty” (Webster) Rexroad.  He married Linda Wheat on July 20, 1988, in Pekin, Illinois.  He graduated from Taylorville High School in 1965 and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Dennis served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.  He received the Bronze Stary Medal for heroism.  While serving as a fire team leader with the 3rd Marine Division, he fearlessly ran across the fire-swept terrain and began throwing hand grenades at the enemy position.  He returned through the hazardous area on four separate occasions, crawling within five feet of a North Vietnamese position.   Following his time in the service, Dennis began working at the Kincaid Generating Station as an electrician, retiring in 2015 after 46 years of employment.  Dennis had a love of traveling and together with Linda they visited many destinations including Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, as well as Hawaii regularly for 20 years.  Linda and Dennis enjoyed riding motorcycles and together they toured almost every state on their bikes.  He enjoyed target shooting and was a member of the Taylorville Rifle and Pistol Club.  Dennis obtained his pilot’s license and took part in Taekwondo, archery competitions, and many triathlons as well as the Senior Olympics.  He was also a member of the Taylorville VFW. 

He is survived by his wife: Linda Rexroad of Taylorville; siblings: Linda Schrodt of Springfield, Gary Rexroad (Sandy) of Taylorville, Doug Rexroad of Texas, and Lt. Col. Bruce (Angela) Rexroad, USMC (Ret) of Huntsville, Alabama; uncles: James Webster (Rita) and Lt. Col. Don Rexroad, USMC (Ret); step siblings and several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and “adopted” family: Liz (Jon) Oyer and Luke (Lauren) Christopher and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents and stepmother: Mary Lou Angarola-Rexroad. 

Dennis will be cremated, and a memorial service will take place at 10:30am on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating.  A visitation will be held from 9:30am until the time of the service and inurnment, with military honors, will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Sharpsburg.  Memorials may be left to the Taylorville United Methodist Church, Taylorville Rifle and Pistol Club, the Springfield Animal Protective League, or the Taylorville VFW Post #4495.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Dennis, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Thomas B. Morrissey

Thomas B. Morrissey, 77 of Kincaid, IL, passed away on November 22, 2023, at his residence. He was born on February 24, 1946, in Taylorville, IL, to the late William Morrissey and Mary Louise (Nagle) Morrissey. He married Rose Clutter in 1965 and they later divorced. He married Barb Meyer in 1983 and they spent many happy years together before she preceded him in death in 2015. Thomas worked as a laborer out of the Decatur Hall until his retirement.

Thomas is survived by his children: David Morrissey and companion Tina Hamm of Taylorville, IL; Tina (Clara) Parish of Tovey, IL; Cindy Morrissey and companion Denton Cash of Taylorville, IL; Shelby Casad and companion Allen Moss of Edinburg, IL; Rodney (Kayla) Hunsley of Kincaid, IL; Troy (Barbie) Hunsley of Taylorville, IL; Jennifer Hill and companion Joseph Crawford of Kincaid, IL; William Morrissey of Kincaid, IL; Kiera Morrissey of Kincaid, IL: twenty-seven grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and his beloved companion, Chico.

He was preceded in death by his parents: William and Mary Morrissey; wife: Barb Meyer; son: Tommy Morrissey; daughter: Tracy Shults; sisters: Margaret, Ruth, and Cecelia; brothers: John and Arnold; and two grandsons: Dustin and Derick Morrissey.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL, with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating.

Memorials in his honor may be made to Stop Soldier Suicide Foundation or to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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

Herman Earl Amos

Herman Earl Amos, 91 of Edinburg passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 7:55 a.m. at his home in rural Edinburg, IL with his family by his side. He was born on August 7, 1932 in Garden City, KS the son of Joe Jasper and Kate Nora (Caldwell) Amos. He married Dorothy Tindell on August 27, 1955 Colorado Springs, CO. His love of his life was his wife and being surrounded by all of his family especially all of his grandbabies. His passion for gardening, farming, and 45 years of his Dry Wall business. 

He is survived by his wife: Dorothy Amos of Edinburg; children: Earl (Debbie) Amos of Edinburg; Glen (Penny) Amos of Edinburg; Nora (Scott) Black of Edinburg; David (Connie) Amos of Kincaid; Karol (Herb) Craig of Edinburg; Wayne (Christy) Amos of Edinburg; Kathy (Lloyd) Watson of Florida; Fifteen Grandchildren, Eighteen Great-Grandchildren, one great-great grandson, sister: Lavona (Chuck) McKinney and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son: Vernon Amos, 6 brothers, 2 sisters and foster daughter Barb Hawthorne.   

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at the funeral home with Pastor Valarie Tarter officiating. Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

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

Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

Ruth Deardorff

Violet Ruth Deardorff, 95, of Morrisonville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, surrounded by family.

Ruth was born August 17, 1928, to Luvina Druzilla (Pope) and Orin Lee Ryan of Morrisonville.  She was proud to have been a teacher in the one-room Mound and Shiloh Schools.  Ruth also worked as a bookkeeper for the Farmer’s Grain in Palmer.  In 1949, she married Robert Earl Deardorff of Morrisonville.  Ruth was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her oldest son, Robert K. Deardorff; her granddaughter, Amanda K. Deardorff; and her son-in-law, David Pieplow.

Ruth is survived by her sister, Nita Joyce Large; daughters, Denna (Alan) Achenbach of Taylorville, and Erla Pieplow of Collinsville; son, Samuel C. (Kristy) Deardorff of Versailles; daughter-in-law, Brenda Deardorff of Morrisonville; eight grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Ruth was proud to have lived in Morrisonville for the majority of her life. She loved her family dearly and often said her idea of perfect happiness was to be with any and all of her family. Throughout her life, Ruth was happy to spend time tending her garden and orchard, working her sheep, sewing beautiful clothing, crocheting, baking, reading, and journaling.  She loved to share her love of books with everyone and was never to be seen without a stack of soon-to-be-read books next to her chair.  Throughout her life, she also loved to go on adventures and family travels to Minnesota for fishing trips and excursions to Alaska were lasting memories. She loved her family and friends and lived her life to the fullest.

Private graveside ceremonies will be held at Morrisonville Cemetery with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth’s honor may be made to: Kitchell Memorial Library, PO Box 49, Morrisonville, IL 62546, or First Presbyterian Church, 111 North Street, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

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

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

Je'nice Lynn Pearce

On Friday, November 17, Je’nice Lynn Pearce, age 64, passed away peacefully in her home. 

Je’nice was born on May 17, 1959, in Miami, Florida. After middle school, she & her family moved to Chattanooga, TN, the hometown of her father. Her and her two sisters had a delightful childhood creating plays, listening to their mother’s stories, and visiting different cities for their dad’s job. Jenice has always been passionate about traveling and broadening her worldview, in her early twenties she joined the army with her sister Sharon and lived in Germany for several years. After returning to Chattanooga, she met her husband, Ronny Pearce. The two were wed in 1994 and had an enduring marriage of 29 years. Je’nice was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Taylorville for 20 years. She worked in various roles throughout her life but one of her favorite jobs was the home daycare she ran, like her mother before her, where she nurtured many children who will forever be touched by the loving memories, she made with them. Je’nice was a beloved friend, daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher. She will be remembered fondly in the hearts of many. Above all, she loved those in her life very well & her spirit will live on in their hearts.

Je’nice was preceded in death by her parents Bill and Billie Holder, her son JR Pearce, her brother-in-law Dave Godfrey, her father-in-law Ronny Pearce Sr, and her grandmother-in-law Josephine Pearce. 

She is survived by her two sisters Sharon Godfrey & Michelle (Allan) Holder, her husband Ronny Pearce, her children Lauren Pearce and Brandon Pearce, her grandchildren Ahmar, Jaela & Anderson Pearce. 

A celebration of life will be held at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville at 2pm on Sunday, December 10.  A visitation will take place from 1pm until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, Je’nice asked that any donations be sent to Team Gleason Foundation at teamgleason.org/donate. The Team Gleason Foundation is a leading organization for quality of life and equipment for people living with ALS.  Please visit Je’nice’s memorial website at https://my.gather.app/remember/je-nice-pearce-2023

Edward L. Fleming

Edward L. Fleming, 85 and longtime resident of Palmer, IL, passed away on November 15, 2023, at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Rochester, IL. He was born on October 26, 1938, the son of the late William Edward Fleming and Freda Lorraine (Rich). On January 31, 1960, he married the love of his life, Nellie Marie Dowdy, from Palmer, IL, and she survives currently living at Carriage Crossing Senior Living in Rochester, IL.

Edward served his country in the United States Marine Corps. After serving in the military, he worked as a coal miner at Peabody #10 for thirty-seven years before retiring. Edward was a jokester and storyteller and will be forever remembered for his larger-than-life personality.  He also had a gentle nature towards animals and would light up when he would see a dog, cat, goat, etc and would give that infectious laugh. In his free time, Edward loved to pitch horseshoes and became a member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association.  Ed and Nellie ran the Palmer Pitching Palace (PPP) for over 20 years and was a friend to all who attended. Ed was one of the few to throw a “perfect game” and his name is engraved on the Perfect Game Board that now resides in the Crabtree Ringers Schoolhouse where pitching horseshoes continued after closing down the PPP.

He is survived by his wife: Nellie Fleming of Rochester, IL; daughters: Cindy Shanks of Pana, IL; Lori Norris of Taylorville, IL; Suzi (Tim) Nesvold of Watertown, MN; son: Tony (Diana) Fleming of Arvada, CO; grandchildren: Andrew (Stacey) Shanks; Nathan (Tori) Shanks; Derek Norris; Nicole (Jeff) Schuelke; Aaron (Lindsay) Norris; Seth (Amanda) Barnes; Kori Fleming; Hailey Fleming; great-grandchildren: Deacon, Calum, Judson, and Slade Shanks; Hudson; Aeden Schuelke; and Elliott and Luke Norris.

Edward was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL.

Memorials in his honor may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation or the “Junior Fund” for the Illinois State Horseshoe Pitchers Association (ILSHPA.org) and sent directly to Deanna Marvin, Director of the Junior Fund.  Or donations can be dropped off the day of the service to either organization and the family will donate accordingly.

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

Wilma Faye Moore

Wilma Faye Moore, 76 of Mt. Auburn passed away on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Springfield Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was born on June 19, 1947 in Illiopolis, IL the daughter of William and Erma Nell (Shartzer) Crist. She married William Moore on November 21, 1965 in the South Fork Church in Rochester, IL.  Wilma worked alongside Bill in Moore’s Garage for many years, and she later managed F.S. of Mt. Auburn. She retired from Memorial Medical Center after 14 years of service. 

She is survived by her husband: William “Bill” Moore of Mt. Auburn, IL; Daughters: Theresa Lee (Herb Smith), Son: Bill (Tina) Moore Jr. and Donna (Scott) Gutmann all of Mt. Auburn, IL; Grandchildren: Eric (Alicia) Moore; Heather Moore of Mt. Auburn and Anna Lee of Illiopolis; Great-Grandchildren: Padric O’Laughlin Jr. and Jaxon Moore; Brother: Charles Christ of Moweaqua, IL and Sister: Edith Moore of Mt. Auburn, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and three sisters. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from 10:00-12:00 Noon at the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ in Mt. Auburn, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 12:00 noon at the church with Pastor Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Mt. Auburn, IL.

In Leu of Flowers memorials may be made to the Mt. Auburn Church of Christ.

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

Chato D'rea

Chato D'rea, 73, of Taylorville passed away at 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at Taylorville Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation.  No public services are planned.

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

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

 

Elijah Aarron Coleman

Elijah Aarron Coleman, 15 of Bulpitt, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.  He was born on September 1, 2008, in Springfield and was a student at South Fork High School.  Elijah was an adventurous yet gentle soul.  He had a love of animals and spending time in nature, especially while hiking.  Gaming was one of his favorite hobbies.   

He is survived by his mother: Tina Coleman of Bulpitt; siblings: Chloe Coleman (Alex Meier) of Jacksonville, Margaret Coleman of Eureka, and Daniel Coleman of Bulpitt; half siblings: Jami Coleman (Kat Parker- Coleman) of Jacksonville and Jason Coleman (Vickie) of Mason City, and his sibling’s father, Donald R. Coleman Jr., who he called “dad” of Jacksonville; and his first love, Shyanne Moore of Bulpitt. 

Elijah will be cremated, and a visitation will take place from 4:00p.m. until 6:00p.m. on Monday, November 20, 2023, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville.  In celebration of Elijah’s life, the family encourages everyone to wear pink attire.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Elijah, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

Terry Lee Walker

Terry Lee Walker, 66, of Taylorville, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at his residence.

Terry was born December 22, 1956, in Taylorville, the son of Charles Larue and Capitola June (Landers) Walker.  He received his mechanics certification after high school and worked for 15 years at the Crowne #2 mine. Terry also worked as a mechanic his entire life for various places, and later worked as a carpenter.  He was always involved in racing sports of some kind, and he enjoyed demo derbies. Terry loved camping, and his dogs, especially Sophie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Walker; and sister, Lynn Brown.

Terry is survived by his children, Heather (husband, John) Eyer of Taylorville, and Jeremy (wife, Amanda) Walker of Morrisonville; grandchildren, Emma Eyer, Jhett Walker, Jhadyn (Madison Krager) Walker, Jhia Walker, Jhak Walker, Jhude Walker, Jhenner Walker, Jhordyn Walker, Jhorjie Walker, Jhacek Walker, and Jheno Walker; great grandson, Crue Walker; sister, Kay Green of Nokomis; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

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

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

 

Kevin Ray Graham

Kevin Ray Graham, 61 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on November 9, 2023, at Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur, IL. He was born on May 10, 1962, to Otis and Wanda (Harris) Graham. He married the love of his life, Nancy Nigh, and she survives.

Kevin worked for Ater Wikoff Funeral Home. He found joy in spending time outdoors, mushroom hunting, fishing, and camping. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, and letting his dog take him for a walk.

He is survived by his wife: Nancy Graham of Taylorville, IL; children: Amber (Adam) Kee of Taylorville, IL; Ashley (Josh) Howland of Blue Mound, IL; Rebecca (Kevin) Eson of Taylorville, IL; William Simmons of Taylorville, IL; Dennis Wilcutt of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren: Ryan; Gavin; Meadow; Paige; Garrett; Willow; Zaylon; Marley; Rylon; Bella; great-grandchildren: Kalib; Hudsyn; siblings: Robert (Helen) Graham of Taylorville, IL; Angela Graham and companion Tom Foster of Tovey, IL; special friend: Dano Fabian; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Otis and Wanda Graham; sisters: Tena Graham; Lisa Kimbell; and his grandson: Easton Howland.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials in Kevin’s honor may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to assist the family with expenses.

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

Ada Mae Noller

Ada Mae Noller, 90, of Taylorville passed away, surrounded by the love of her family, Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at her home. She was born on May 23, 1933, the daughter of Winnia and Clara (Sanders) Crane in Sandoval. She married the love of her life, Roy Noller Jr. and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2022.

 

Survivors that will mourn the passing of this dear lady include her beloved family, sons, Randal (Wife Letsea) Noller of Summerfield Florida, Kevin (wife Cheryl) Noller of Raymond Illinois; daughter Valeri (husband Terry) Shutt of Morrisonville Illinois; 7 grandchildren, Holly, Bethany, Roy, Cassandra, Cheri, Travis, and Dusty; and 8 great grandchildren; brother, Bill Crane of Washington; sisters, Winnona Sanders of Florida, Ruth Ann Crane of Florida, and Faye Wright of Texas; several cousins, extended family members, and friends; and family member Jamie Edwards.

Along with her beloved husband, Roy Noller Jr., Ada was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Elsie Breed, and Mary Brownette; and her brothers, Wayne Crane, Ralph Crane, Lonnie Crane, and Kirk Crane.

 

Ada was a helping hand and a friendly face while working retail at JC Penny. She was a member of the Eastern Star. Ada loved anything to do with the great outdoors. She especially liked to spend time in the woods hunting and by the water fishing. Ada was a sweet lady who loved her family with all her heart.

 

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at the Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with Dayle Badman officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Centralia. Friends and relatives are welcome to a visitation time from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home in Sandoval. Memorials may be made in Ada’s honor to the Family’s Wishes. Online condolences and memories of Ada may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfunerlahomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page. Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval is privileged to be assisting the family of Ada Mae Noller with arrangements.

Mary Ann Reed

Mary Ann Reed, 79 of Stonington, IL, died at 5:25a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  She was born on October 20, 1944, the daughter of Dale F. and Mary Alice (Jones) Blakeman.  As an infant her father was killed during World War II.  When Mary Ann was three years old her mother married Louis “Julie” Lorenzini, who was a loving and devoted father to her.  Mary Ann was retired from the Christian County Courthouse.  Her most enjoyable years of work were spent as a bookkeeper alongside her parents, who were the owners of The Triangle Supper Club in Stonington.  Mary Ann was affiliated with the Stonington United Methodist Church.  She was a proud member of the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary.  Mary Ann was an avid reader, enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs.  Most of all though, she had a deep love for her five children, as well as her grandchildren of whom she was extremely proud.  Later in life, Mary Ann looked forward to and treasured the moments spent with her great-grandchildren, who she absolutely adored.  She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Surviving are her children: Rusty (Kelly) Reed of Springfield, Randy (Kirsten) Reed, of Springfield, Mary Kay Younker (Lloyd) of Ankeny, Iowa, Sherry (John) Yoder of Blue Mound, and Corey Reed of Springfield; nine grandchildren: Spencer (Evelyn) Reed, Hayley (Connor) Etheridge, Michael (Katie) Reed, Nicholas (Lyndi) Reed, Craig (Melanie) Younker, Chris (Jenna) Younker, Curtis (Lexi) Younker, Aarika (BJ) May, and Julie Yoder.  Mary Ann was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Jackson May, Hannah May, JD Younker, Calin Younker, Mikey Reed, Lacey Reed, and Berry Reed; sister: Julie (Dan) Farrimond of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; aunt: Margaret Blakeman of Quincy; and nieces: LeAnn (Brian) Schackow of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Jacquelyn (Kyle) Thompson of Fishers, Indiana.  She was preceded in death by her parents; infant brother: Thomas Lorenzini; infant sister: Tina Lorenzini; and her beloved companion of many years: Jack Thomason. 

A funeral service for Mary Ann will take place at 12 noon on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00am until the service at noon.  The burial will be in the Old Stonington Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Stonington American Legion Auxiliary.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Mary Ann, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com. 

Bill Herschel Hedgpeth

Bill Herschel Hedgpeth, 91 of Taylorville, formerly of Dallas, Texas, passed away at 5:22a.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, at Taylorville Estates.  He was born on March 4, 1932, in Wichita, Kansas, the son of Elbert & Ethellynde (See) Hedgpeth.  He married Maxine Marie Morris on May 30, 1959, in San Antonio, Texas and she preceded him in death on November 19, 2016.  Bill worked as an independent truck driver and had a lifelong love of horses.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He and Maxine enjoyed traveling together extensively throughout the United States. 

He is survived by his children: Billy H Hedgpeth Jr. (Susan) of Fairview, Texas, and Patti Taglioli of Taylorville; grandchildren: Travis Berger, Maggie Markwell, and Ariann Taglioli; great grandchildren: Kiarra Berger, Adrien Taglioli-Taylor, Hudson Markwell, Abel Taglioli, Amyriah Taglioli, Adaiah Taglioli, and Alec Pinell.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son: Randall Hedgpeth, brother: Maurice Hedgpeth, sister: Margaret Hedgpeth, and granddaughter: Jordan Taglioli.

Bill 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 Bill, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Randy Lynn Friedrich

Randy Lynn Friedrich, 62 of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2023, in his home.  He was born on January 11, 1961, in Taylorville, the son of Larry and Dolores (VanHooser) Friedrich.  He married Tangee Turner on February 12, 2000, in Taylorville and she preceded him in death on December 18, 2022.  Randy previously worked as a CNA at area nursing homes. 

He is survived by his mother: Dolores Friedrich of Taylorville; brother: Kirk Friedrich, wife Toni, of Taylorville; and nephews: Blake and Bryce Friedrich of Taylorville.  He was preceded in death by his father and wife. 

Randy will be cremated, and no services are planned at this time.  Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Christian County Senior Citizens.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Randy, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Thomas 'Larry' Bruce

Thomas Larry Bruce, 83, of Taylorville, died at 8:21 a.m. on Monday, November 6, 2023, at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, joining his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He endured an extended time of Parkinson’s disease and other conditions.  His family was by his side.

Mr. Bruce was born on October 4, 1940, in Eldorado, IL, the son of Thomas C. Bruce and Lorene (Fowler) Bruce.  He graduated from high school in Ridgway, IL in 1958.  Mr. Bruce joined the U. S. Air Force following high school in 1958 and served through 1962. After the Air Force, he attended classes at Millikin University.  Mr. Bruce married Elizabeth M. Coleman in Shawneetown, IL.  They later divorced.

He began his career in computers, working at the Staley Company in Decatur, IL.  Later he accepted employment with the Sangamon Company/Service Advantage until his retirement in November 2002.

Mr. Bruce married Nancy Allen Kramer on July 17, 1982.  After their retirement they moved to Florida for three years, returning to Taylorville to be with and enjoy the increasing number of grandchildren.  He contributed to the community as a charter member of the Sertoma Club.  Mr. Bruce was an active member of the Taylorville Evangelical Free Church and served in many offices in the church through the years.  He enjoyed the music of the Gaither’s.  Mr. Bruce also enjoyed golf, having had the opportunity to play at Pebble Beach with his son Keith, watching sports, and watching grandchildren’s activities.  His primary focus was his faith and family.

He was preceded in death by his mother; father; stepfather, Hugh Downen; grandparents; and his aunts and uncles. 

Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy; sons, Keith (Kim) Bruce of London, England, Eric (Melanie) Bruce of Grayslake, IL, and Dr. Michael (Nikki) Bruce of Rochester, IL; stepsons, Michael (Andrea) Kramer of Dallas, GA, William (Becky) Kramer of Palmer, IL, and Matthew Kramer of Teutopolis, IL; 9 grandchildren; 8 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, H. Leonard (Darlene) Bruce of Marion, IL; sister, Mary Ann Schutt of Sedona, AZ;  and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive friends from 10:00-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at the Evangelical Free Church, 319 S. Washington Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The memorial ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. following the visitation, with Rev. Don Beetem officiating.

Mr. Bruce will be cremated, and private burial ceremonies will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY 10306.

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

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

 

Robert "Durb" E. Durbin, Jr.

Robert “Durb” E. Durbin, Jr., 67, of Taylorville, passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center.

Robert was born December 7, 1955, in Taylorville, the son of Robert E. and Carol (Lee) Durbin, Sr. He graduated from Taylorville High School with the Class of 1973, and worked his entire life as a farmhand, most recently for Dean McWard. Robert married Deborah Sue (Martin) Spears on November 25, 2022, in Taylorville.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his dogs. Robert was also a talented finish carpenter, making furniture and cabinets for friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Robert is survived by his wife, Deborah S. Spears-Durbin of Taylorville; sister, Margie (husband, Rick) Brown of Pleasant Plains; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Christian County Animal Control, 300 S. Baughman Rd, 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 Robert, or to offer condolences to his family.

 

Douglas A. Driver

Douglas A. Driver, 60 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on October 31, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 21, 1963, to Raymond “Bud” Driver and Beverly Davis. He worked as a roll wrapper at Design Corrugated for many years.

Douglas loved sailing, camping, and spending time outdoors. He loved being around children and his beloved dog, Darby, who passed earlier this year.  He had a true heart of gold. Douglas will forever be remembered for his gentle demeanor, and for being a very loving and caring person. He is missed dearly.

He is survived by his significant other: Mary Caraker; daughter: Jennifer Caraker; mother: Beverly Davis; siblings: Ron Driver; Lisa Driver; John Katz (Debbie Bardingmoore); and Bruce (Janie) Emerson; sister-in-law: Nancy (Mick) Oller; and his niece: Addison Sylvester, all of Taylorville. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Driver, his four grandparents, and beloved dog, Darby.

A visitation will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 7:00 p.m. and interment will be held at a later date.

Memorials in his 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.

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