Taylorville Obits Archives for 2023-12

Mary E. (Thompson) Passoni Zueck

Mary E. (Thompson) Passoni Zueck, 97, of Taylorville, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2023, at her residence.

Mary was born on January 31, 1926, in Danville, the daughter of Rufus Edward and Esther Irene (Tanner) Thompson.  On August 31, 1946, she married Armando “Nidge” Passoni.  He passed away on October 3, 1984. On March 13, 1999, she married Charles “Butch” Zueck. He passed away on January 6, 2006.

Mary was a member of St. Mary's Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, a life member of the VFW Auxiliary where she served as Post and District President, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, Taylorville Hospital Auxiliary and Senior Citizens of Christian County.  She worked as a phone operator at the local phone company, Craftlines, and retired from Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and the Christian County Clinic.

Mary is survived by her sons, Terry (Mary Chesney) Passoni and David (Rebecca) Passoni, both of Taylorville; daughter, Mary Esther (Charles) Giles of Tell City, IN; grandchildren, Timothy (Dacia Nesbit) Passoni of Normal, IL, Carmen (Mathew) Blomquist, of Taylorville, and Tanner Giles and Meghan Giles, both of Tell City, IN; sister, Alta Bozsok Bates Mundhenke of Taylorville; 13 great grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; sisters, Alma Thompson and Helen Thompson Wittenburg; and brothers, Harold Thompson and Joseph Bozsok.

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams Street, Taylorville, IL 62568, with Rev. Piotr Kosk officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s memory are suggested to: St. Mary School, VFW Post #4495, or the American Cancer 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.      

Pamela Jo (Lucas) Willard

Ms. Pamela Jo (Lucas) Willard, 67, of Taylorville passed from this life at 5:30 P.M. Thursday, December 21, 2023 at Taylorville Care Center.

She was born in Taylorville November 19, 1956 the daughter of Raymond L. and Anita R (Puccetti) Lucas.

Pam worked as an LPN at several places along with being a personal care giver to many people locally.  She was a 1974 graduate of South Fork High School and was a member of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are: her son Adam and wife Rachel Willard of Springfield, IL, grandchildren Finn and Bodhi, her mother Anita Rose Lucas of Kincaid, IL, siblings Jim and wife Laurie Lucas of Morrisonville, IL Kim Lucas of Taylorville, Kelly and husband Steve Dulakis of Kincaid, Michelle and husband Steve Clauser of Pawnee, IL, her former husband Harold Willard of Springfield, IL several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and a great many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father Raymond Lucas in 2010.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, December 28, 2023 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.  A short prayer service will follow with Fr. Piotr Kosk officiating.  Burial will take place at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville.  Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com and will be forwarded to her family.  Memorial contributions in memory of Pam are suggested to the Midland Food Pantry or South Fork Youth Association.    

Julia Lee Nash

Julia Lee Nash, 95 of Peoria, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Carle Health-Methodist Hospital, Peoria.  She was born on December 10, 1928, in rural Taylorville, the daughter of Harry and Julia (Micenheimer) Hudson.  She marred Wendell Nash on August 14, 1954, in Taylorville and he preceded her in death on May 8, 2020.  Julia attended Center Grade School and Taylorville High School. She graduated from Millikin University with a bachelor’s degree in business in 1950.  Following graduation, she was employed at Millikin Bank in Decatur, then as assistant manager at the Palmer Grain Company. After years of being a homemaker and mother, she returned to the workforce. Julia retired from Caterpillar in 1984 where she was employed as a price analyst.  She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. 

Julia served her Lord and Savior in many ways. At Faith Baptist Church in Decatur, she led and taught Junior Church. She taught Good News Clubs, a ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF). She served on the board of CEF of Illinois and the CEF International Board of trustees for many years.

Julia was a woman of many interests. She was an excellent cook, seamstress, and event planner. She was an avid journalist. She documented her travels to all fifty states and fourteen countries.

She will be remembered by those who knew her as a wonderful mother, faithful helpmate to her husband, and caring friend.

She is survived by her daughters: Julianne Gaston (Mark) and Laura Adcox (Tim) both of Marietta, Georgia; grandchildren: Andrew Gaston (Jessica), Aaron Gaston (Megan), Kalyn Cathey (Mason), and Kyle Pilcher (Caroline); 4 great grandchildren; and sister-in-law: Margaret Boggs of Springfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister: Susa Jane McWard.

Julia’s family will host a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.  A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  A graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.  Memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship International, P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, Missouri, 63383.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  

James Muir

James Muir, 87, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on December 20, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. He was born on July 20, 1936, in Nokomis, IL, to the late Eugene Debs Muir and Ruby Lavonne (Ruppert) Muir. On May 25, 1956, he married Margaret Louise Stanbery and she preceded him in death on September 25, 2021.

He is survived by his son: Thomas Eugene (Loretta) Muir of Thayer, IL; daughter: Carmen Lea (Alan) Little of Litchfield, IL; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and eleven great-great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by his parents: Eugene and Ruby Muir; his wife: Margaret Louise Muir; one great-great-grandchild; and siblings: Thomas Eugene Muir; Doris West; Alice Mercer; Phyllis Ashworth; and Barbara Rodafelt.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

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

Wesley Skinner

Wesley Skinner, 82, of Taylorville, IL, passed away on December 17, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center in Taylorville, IL. Wesley was born on November 19, 1941, in Taylorville, IL, the son of Albert and Mildred (Nance) Skinner. On March 25, 1964, he married Carmeline Durbin in Taylorville, IL and she survives.

Wesley is survived by his wife: Carmeline Skinner of Taylorville, IL; children: Melissa Nation (Scott Grundy) of Taylorville, IL; Gary Skinner (Lisa Merrifield) of Owaneco, IL; grandchildren: Brian Murphy II (Brittany Reincke); Emily (Jordan) Henry; Kerry (Christian) Vacker; great-grandchildren: Trenton Murphy; Hudson Murphy; Arwyn Henry; Jensen Henry; Theseus Vacker; and sister-in-law: Gloria Pumphery; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters: Rosie Smith; Jessie Pruitt; brothers: Ralph Skinner; and Roy Skinner.

Wesley enjoyed watching Nascar races and was a big fan of driver, Bill Elliott. In his free time, he loved fishing at Sangchris Lake and going on camping trips at the Sherwood Forest Campground in Hillsboro, IL. Above all he loved spending time with his family.

A visitation will be held on Friday, December 22, 2023, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home with Pastor Chad Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer.

Memorials in Wesley’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Christian County Animal Control.

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

Roger Dale Ingram

Roger Dale Ingram, 72 of Pawnee, IL, passed away on December 14, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on June 10, 1951, in Lynch, KY, the son of Claude and Bonnie (Cornett) Ingram. On July 8, 1994, he married the love of his life, Susan Sassatelli, and she survives.

Following the completion of his bachelor’s degree, Roger worked as a Coal Miner for 24 years. He was an active member of United Mine Workers of America and was also a part of the Mine Rescue Team. He owned and operated Little Dodge City from 1993-2002, then went on to work as an engineer for Marriott until his retirement. Roger enjoyed looking at classic cars and riding his motorcycle. In his free time, he found joy in traveling with his wife, as well as spending time with his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his wife: Susan Ingram; children: Dustin Ingram; Steven Schafer; Melissa (Jason) Arnold; Jennifer (Matt) Kemp; David (Hayley) Schafer; grandchildren: Mackenzie and Miranda Ingram; Layla, Jameson, and Harlow Schafer; Preston and Caden Arnold; Dominik and Anthony Kemp; Brody Schafer; great-grandchildren: Remington and Jameson; mother: Bonnie Ingram; brothers: David (Denise) Ingram; Daniel Ingram; Randy Ingram; along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Claude Ingram, and his brother, Donald Ingram.

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

Memorials in Roger’s honor may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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

Larry Hayes "Willie" Wilcox

Larry Hayes "Willie" Wilcox, 74, of Springfield, lL, passed away on December 11, 2023, at the Villas of Sherman. He was born in Springfield, IL February 9, 1949 the son Warren and Doris (Hayes) Wilcox. He grew up in Palmer, IL, where he was a member of the Advent Christian Church.

 

He attended Palmer and Morrisonville Schools, participating in basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from Morrisonville High School with the Class of 1967. He married Ruth Kathryn Ferrill on June 7th, 1968 and they later divorced.

 

Larry attended Lincoln Land Community College and Sangamon State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History in May 1972, with the first graduating class of Sangamon State University. Later, he went on to earn a Master of Arts in Accountancy in December 1995 from the University of Illinois-Springfield. He was a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Internal Auditor.

 

He proudly served his country in the Illinois Air National Guard-Air Force, 183rd Fighter Wing, for over thirty years and retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He also worked as a civilian in the position of Internal Auditor for the Illinois Army National Guard. Larry went on to work at the National Bank of Hillsboro, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the Illinois Commerce Commission, as a Certified Internal Auditor at all locations.

 

Larry was an avid sports fan and rarely missed a St. Louis Cardinals or Fighting Illini basketball game. He loved going to the ballpark with his family and friends. A highlight for him was seeing the Cardinals clench the World Series in 2006 at Busch Stadium. He attended the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

 

He played slow pitch softball and enjoyed league bowling for many years.

 

He loved rock & roll music and enjoyed playing the bass guitar. He was in two bands, "The Sultans" in high school, and later in life, the "Traxx" band.

 

Larry played bridge throughout his life. He was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and achieved the level of gold life master.

 

He was a member of the Morrisonville American Legion Leslie-Reddick Post 721 and volunteered to march in many parades, and assist with military funerals. He was also a member of the Illinois CPA Society.. Larry was a blood donor and donated many gallons throughout his life.

 

Larry was very proud of his grandchildren and loved spending time with them. He was rarely seen without his "Illini Grandpa" hat and wore it with pride.

 

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Christy (Clayton) Bloome of Pawnee; grandchildren Jake (Rachel Dougherty) Bloome of Springfield, and Rebecca (Dustin Craig) Bloome of Pawnee; great granddaughter Amelia Bloome of Springfield; brother Bruce (Donna) Wilcox of Palmer; nieces Bobbie (Hank) Harker of Palmer and Laura (Andrew) Ahrens of St. Louis, MO; great nephews and niece Hayden, Brody, and Elayna Harker of Palmer.

 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents, maternal grandparents Lee and Gladys Hayes, paternal grandparents Orval and Rena Wilcox.

 

A memorial gathering will be held at Bisch Funeral Home West, 2931 Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL on Thursday, December 21, 2023, from 10-11:30am. A memorial service will follow at 11:30am with Pastor Jim Ferrill officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1pm at Camp Butler National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County.

 

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Morrisonville American Legion Leslie-Reddick Post 721, 607 Ricks St, Morrisonville, IL 62546 or the charity of choice.

 

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.

 

Arrangements are in care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424.

Earl T. Adcock

Earl T. Adcock, 83, of Taylorville, passed away on December 14, 2023, at his home with his family by his side.

Earl was born February 19, 1940, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Caleb Alexander and Appolonia Marie (Stiel) Adcock.  In his youth, his family relocated to Hettick, IL, where he would graduate from high school.  Earl went on to proudly serve our country in the United States Marine Corps.

On October 16, 1968, he married Sandra “Sue” McIntyre in Taylorville, and they have enjoyed 55 years of marriage. Earl retired from Georgia Pacific after many years of service.  He was generous to everyone.  His favorite pastime was helping friends and family with whatever task needed done. It was not uncommon for Earl to start mowing his own yard and finish by mowing all of the neighbors’ yards too.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gayle E. Johnson; and sister-in-law, Ann Profrock.

Earl is survived by his wife, Sandra “Sue” Adcock of Taylorville; children, Keith E. (Diana) Adcock of Arkansas, Suzanna (Jeffrey) Adcock-Orlin of California, and Clint (Becky) Adcock of Taylorville; grandchildren, Hailey and Caleb Adcock, both of Taylorville; sister-in-law, Ellen Umberger of Taylorville; many nieces and nephews; Best Friend, Junior Workman; and his faithful companions, Lucy and Midnight, who never left his side.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: American Cancer Society, or American Diabetes Association.

Private ceremonies will be held at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.

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

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

Mark T. Lasswell

Mark Tullius Lasswell, 70, formerly of Taylorville, IL, passed away peacefully on December 12, 2023, with his daughter by his side.

He was born May 28, 1953, In Evanston, IL, the son of Yolande Vandeveer Perkins (Oglesby) and Roy Lasswell. 

Mark spent most of his youth in the Taylorville area before attending Culver Military Academy in Indiana. During these formative years, he spent summers driving cattle on the open ranges of Wyoming where he developed an inquisitive mind for agricultural studies.

Mark attended his final year of high school in the suburban Chicago area ahead of enrolling at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the U of I in 1975 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. 

Following graduation, Mark briefly worked for the Chicago Board of Trade before moving back to his hometown of Taylorville and starting a small business, Marx Paint, Body and Equipment. He operated this after-market vehicle part distribution business out of Taylorville for more than 30 years.

It was in Taylorville that Mark would meet his future wife, Marylee Cooper. They married on September 19, 1981, and had three children: Andrew, Owen, and Nancy. Mark and Marylee were married for over 25 years. 

Those closest to Mark knew him as a fiercely loyal friend with a charming and engaging personality. He was a free-thinker, a seeker of wisdom, and a philosopher of the highest discernment. Mark was an exquisite downhill skier and a natural athlete. He had a passion for music, and he loved dogs. Mark deeply loved his friends and family, and in his latter years, he found immense joy in watching his two young granddaughters play.

He is survived by his three children: Nancy (Michael) Brooks, Owen (Jennifer) Lasswell, and Andrew Lasswell; two grandchildren: Lucy Brooks and June Brooks; a sister, Yolande Knight; and a brother, Clark Lasswell. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Richard Oglesby. 

A private burial and service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. www.TheAFTD.Org

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

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

Maryalice Coy Moore

Maryalice Coy Moore, 97, of Manteno, formerly of Morrisonville, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at her home.

Maryalice was born May 14, 1926, in Morrisonville, the daughter of William D. and Opal I. (Hawkins) Coy.  She graduated from Morrisonville High School where she was a cheerleader and played drums in the band.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from MacMurray College for Women in Jacksonville, IL.  Maryalice moved to Daytona Beach, FL, for 32 years, where she was assistant vice president and manager of the Daytona Beach Shores bank office.  She retired early to return to Morrisonville to help care for her father. Maryalice then worked at Regions Bank in Taylorville.  She was an active member of the Morrisonville United Methodist Church for many years, serving as church secretary for 9 years and was a member of United Methodist Women.  Maryalice belonged to Civic Janes and the Morrisonville Historical Society, where she was a past treasurer.

Her other family was her many beloved cats with unique names like Faux Pas and Peachy Keen.  In 2017 she relocated to Manteno to be near her dear friend, Deberah Smith.

Maryalice was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jerry Coy.

Graveside Ceremony: 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Morrisonville Cemetery with Rev. Jim Ferrill officiating.

Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville has been entrusted with the ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Maryalice, or to offer condolences.

 

 

Michael Lee Driver

Michael “Mick” Lee Driver, 82 of Springfield, IL, passed away on December 11, 2023, surrounded by his family at his residence, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1941, in Taylorville, IL, to C. Ray and Gladys “Peg” Driver. He married the love of his life, Mary Marie (Best) Driver on July 9, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and she survives.

Michael attended St. Mary’s School, then graduated from Taylorville High School with the class of 1959. He was employed in the computer field and traveled abroad to oversee world famous companies install computers. Mick recently returned to the area after a “20-year retirement visit” in Florida. He was a devoted fan of the Chicago Bears and would always tell you how he and his son attended the 1985 Super Bowl game.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Marie Driver of Springfield, IL; daughters: Kathy (Frank)  Scribano of McHenry, IL; Becky (Patrick) McCloskey of Chicago, IL; son: Michael Driver of Charlotte, NC; granddaughters: Molly (Phil) Gallico; Jillian Scribano; Emma McCloskey; grandson: Patrick “PJ” (Claire) McCloskey; great-grandsons: Jameson and Lincoln Gallico; as well as several nieces and nephews living in the Taylorville area.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents: Ray and Gladys “Peg” Driver; brothers: Raymond “Bud” Driver; James Driver; and his sister: Mary “DeeDee” Neikes.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2023, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Chad Zueck officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Michael’s honor may be made to Shriners Hospital.

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

Barry Lynn Worker

Barry Lynn Worker, 71 of Taylorville, passed away at 7:17a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  He was born on March 4, 1952, in Pana, the son of Mervin and Bonnie (Austin) Worker.  Barry was a lifelong musician.  He played in several area bands and will be remembered for the many years he played with the Antics all around central Illinois.  He will also be remembered for his positive, selfless attitude.  Barry had a huge heart, would never stress over the small stuff, and always put his children first. 

He is survived by his companion: Toni Sturgeon of Taylorville; children: Cory Worker of Oregon and Kalyn Worker of New Mexico; grandchildren: Mariah Robinson, Kevais Worker, Rebekah Robinson; Cylas Worker, and Treyton Durham; brothers: Larry Worker and Terry Worker (Linda) both of Pana; several nephews; life-long friend: Rudy Dudra; and his Antics family including: Floyd Short, Randy Tangman, Nathan Short, Tommy Blake and James Ryan.  He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew: Aaron Worker; and brother: Bill Worker.

A memorial service for Barry will take place at 11:00a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023, at McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville with Gary Swisher officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to the Decatur V.F.W. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Barry, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Robert L. Price

Robert L. ”Bob” Price, 75, of O’Fallon, IL, born October 28,1948, in Taylorville, IL, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2023, at Evelyn’s House in Creve Coeur, MO.

Bob was a caring, loving family man. He enjoyed playing golf, collecting cars, and going for long trips with his wife Mary on his Honda Gold Wing. His favorite color was chrome! After retirement, he enjoyed meeting with his mine buddies for breakfast every Tuesday morning.

 

Bob Graduated from Taylorville High School in 1966. He married Mary Ruth Silveus in 1967, they had a son, Allen, and later divorced. Bob married the love of his life, Mary Bredemeyer, in July of 1977, and they had two children, Chris and Kayla.

 

Bob went to work for Peabody Coal Company at Mine 10 from 1970 to 1994 when he transferred to the Peabody Mine in Marissa, IL. His mining career took him from Illinois to Kentucky and to West Virginia. While working in Kentucky he travelled with his beloved companion, a rescue dog named Callie. He retired from mining in 2010 from Patriot Coal, a subsidiary of Peabody Coal. Bob was also a member of Christ the King Apostolic church in O’Fallon, IL.

 

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Edna Jewel Price (nee Carter); one brother, Richard Price; one sister-in-law, Michelle Price; and one brother-in-law, Mike Waterman.

 

Surviving Bob are his beloved wife, Mary Price (nee Bredemeyer) of O’Fallon, IL; three children, Allen (Sharon) Price of St. Charles, MO, Chris (Laura) Price of St. Louis, MO, Kayla (Ian Moeller) Patterson of Imperial, MO; four siblings, Carol Faye Waterman of Taylorville, IL, Judy (Gene) Durbin of Langleyille, IL, Donna (Vernon) Minix of Hewittville, IL, Mike (Diana) Price of Taylorville, IL; six grandchildren, Lauren (Antonio) Alvalos Gonzalez, Jake Price, Jordyn Kasch, Allexa Pabian, Lyli Pabian, Silas Moeller; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Memorials may be made to Evelyn’s House in Bob’s memory; https://www.bjchospice.org/support-hospice, the Christian County Coal Mine Museum; 1324 E. Park St., Taylorville, IL 62568, or Christ the King Apostolic Church of O’Fallon;  https://ctkofallon.breezechms.com/give/online.

 

Condolences may be made online at www.schildknechtfh.com.

 

The family may hold a Celebration of Life at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home O’Fallon, IL.

Heidi Robin Walden

Heidi Robin Walden (nee Long), 61 of Taylorville, passed away at 2:15p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2023, at Springfield Memorial Hospital.  She was born on January 30, 1962, in Great Lakes, Illinois.  She graduated from Grant Community High School in 1979 and earned her bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois Springfield and worked as a supervisor at Kemmerer Village in Assumption.  In high school she enjoyed participating in baton twirling.  She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and Bears. 

She is survived by mother: Allene E. Williamson of Taylorville; children: Lane Walden (Allie) of Mt. Zion and Holli Walden (Tyler Dalby) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Hunter Walden, Meadow Walden, and Natalie Young; siblings: Tracey Dodson (Bill) of Chatham, Wendi Smith (Ben) of Taylorville, Heather Rodriguez (Jay) of San Antonio, Texas, and Tye Wilson (Jessica) of Springfield; and nieces and nephews: Kris Willings, Jessica Willings, Melanie Willings, and Sophee Cockrell.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Allen & Helen Thatcher. 

Heidi will be cremated, and her family will host a celebration of her life at a later date.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Heidi, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Don E. Atchason

Don E. Atchason, 78, of Taylorville, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at Moweaqua Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

Don was born November 27, 1945, in Decatur, the son of Paul E. and Louise (Spangler) Atchason.  He graduated from Lakeview High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Don also served in ROTC while in college.  He married Betty Jane Varnum on December 23, 1982, at the First United Methodist Church in Springfield.  They have enjoyed nearly 41 years of marriage.

Don owned the Scalare Pet Store for several years, before going into telecommunications sales for Motorola, and later Clearant, Inc. He was top salesman on several different occasions. Don was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church, having been a member at several different churches as he moved over the years. He enjoyed fishing and was a talented pianist and organist.

He was preceded in death by his parents; aunts and uncles; several cousins; and beloved cats, Pepsi and Oreo.

Don is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Atchason of Taylorville; children, David Atchason of Shelbyville, Sherry Atchason of Decatur, and Karin (Steve Estes) Atchason of Taylorville; grandchildren, Kyra, Isabella, Sebastian, Benjamin, Josh, Drew, and Zachary; several great grandchildren; many cousins; and fur babies, Mikey and Lora Lee.

Graveside Ceremony: 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2023, at Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville, with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-3000, or to Autism Speaks, PO Box 37148, Boone, IA 50037-0148.

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

 

William 'Billy' McKinney

William “Billy” McKinney, 66, of Morrisonville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at his home.

Billy was born August 8, 1957, in Taylorville, the only child of the late Charles and Norma Jean (Eyman) McKinney.  He graduated from Morrisonville High School with the Class of 1975 and worked for many years in construction and logging.

Billy is survived by his children, Zachary Taylor of Morrisonville, Adam McKinney of Texas, and Taylor McKinney of Texas; grandson, Paxton Vogel; and several cousins.

Billy will be cremated, and private burial will be held at Morrisonville Cemetery.

The family will host a Celebration of Life from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2023, at the American Legion Post #73, 110 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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

 

 

Nancy Carolyn Fleetwood

Nancy Carolyn Fleetwood, 66, of Taylorville, IL, died on Monday, December 4, 2023, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

 

She was born on May 7, 1957 in Decatur, the daughter of John Robert and Barbara Jane (Garwood) Lilly, who both preceded her in death. Nancy married Mike Fleetwood in 1987 in Taylorville. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2018.

 

Prior to her retirement, Nancy and her husband worked as an over the road truck driving team.  She was an active member of the Taylorville congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Nancy had a deep love for horses and enjoyed countless hours of riding with friends and family. She was an avid bird watcher and animal lover.

 

Nancy is survived by her son, Brad (Anjanette) Fleetwood of Taylorville; sister, Linda (Rick) Schilly of Stonington, IL; niece, Abby (Shane) Cornelius; nephew, Chris (Rachel) Schilly; and beloved cats, Casey and Ming.

 

Cremation was provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

 

A visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3540 Lincoln Trail, Taylorville, IL.

 

Please visit www.lincolnlandcs.com to offer your condolences.

Alice Ellen Espenschied

Alice Ellen Espenschied, 94, of Taylorville passed away at 7:00 am on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Hickory Estates of Taylorville.  Alice was born in Cisne, Illinois on July 28, 1929, the daughter of Everett C. and Mary Ellen (Crews) Brach.  After graduating from Cisne High School, she worked at Fairfield State Bank and attended Brown Business College in St. Louis, MO.  She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana, a 50+ year member of the Champaign County Home and Community Education organization, and a dedicated Illini fan.  She loved to read, travel, and garden, sharing her bounty with friends, neighbors and family.  She was a great cook, at one time being named one of the best cooks in Champaign County by The Courier newspaper.

 

Alice married Roland F. (Espy) Espenschied on August 31, 1951. He preceded her in death on August 18, 1992.  She is survived by her sister, Barbara (Ed) Knop of Clifton, IL; two children: Linda Smith (Mark) of Edinburg and David Espenschied (Laurel Dano) of Scottsdale, Arizona; two grandchildren, Allison (Josh) Kirchhoff of Goreville and Ross Smith of Vienna; two great grandchildren, Raleigh and Blake Kirchhoff, also of Goreville; as well as nieces and nephews.

 

A funeral service for Alice will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, December 11, 2023, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana with Rev. Dan Spruell officiating.  Visitation will be held from 10:00am until 11:00. Burial will take place in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Urbana.  Memorials may be made to the Champaign County Home and Community Education organization. McClure Funeral Home in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Alice, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Kenzie Rae True

Kenzie Rae True, 2 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on December 4, 2023, at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. She was born on December 9, 2020, in Springfield, IL, to Robert Chandler True and Breana Jayde Carmichael.

She is survived by her Parents: Robert True and Breana Carmichael of Taylorville, IL; Brother: Cayden True; Grandparents: Terry and Sheryl Carmichael of Taylorville, IL; Duane and Deb True of Blue Mound, IL; Great-Grandparents: Glenna Porter of Taylorville, IL; Marcia Dart of Decatur, IL; Aunts and Uncles: Blake Carmichael and fiancé Mallory Brotherton of Orlando, FL; Savana (Alex) Ziros of Taylorville, IL; Kyle Carmichael of Taylorville, IL; Blake True of Blue Mound, IL; Chase True of Blue Mound, IL; Brooke Kent of Blue Mound, IL; as well as many other Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

Kenzie was preceded in death by her Great-Grandparents: Ralph Porter; Gordon and Lorraine Carmichael; Bud Dart; William and Sandra True; and her Uncle: Duane True II.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2023, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Taylorville First United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the wishes of the family, at First United Methodist Church.

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

Kathy Lynn (Lancaster) Harris

Mrs. Kathy Lynn (Lancaster) Harris, 55, of Kincaid passed from this life at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at home. 

She was born in Taylorville, IL December 27, 1967, the daughter of Herman (Buzz) and Sharon K. (Kelly) Lancaster.  Kathy married Mike Harris in Taylorville, IL April 1, 1995.

Kathy worked for 17 years at South Fork Schools where she also coached Junior High and High School Volleyball for many of those years, both at South Fork and at Edinburg.  She had served as Treasurer of the South Fork Youth Association for 16 years and was a member of the South Fork Schools PTC.  Kathy enjoyed camping at Lake Taylorville, arts and crafts, time spent with family and friends and especially her grandbabies.

Surviving are her husband Mike of Kincaid, 3 sons Nik (wife Erica) Harris of Taylorville, Alek (wife Hannah) Harris and Hunter Harris all of Kincaid, 7 grandchildren Kennedy, Wade, Knox, Cadence, Piper, Theo and T.J. along with her father Herman “Buzz” (wife Barbara) Lancaster of Morrisonville, sister Kelly (husband Bob) Lael of Edinburg, brother Gary Lancaster of Illiopolis, sisters Brenda Lancaster of Colorado and Peggy Castle of Taylorville, brother Quinton Lancaster of Taylorville and many nieces, nephews and a great many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother Sharon K Lancaster in 2008 and a sister-in-law Debbie Lancaster.

Visitation for Mrs. Kathy Lynn Harris will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 9, 2023, at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid.  Funeral services will follow with Rev. Chad Foster officiating.  Burial will be in Anderson Cemetery, North of Palmer, Illinois.  Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com.   

Memorial contributions in Kathy’s memory are suggested to South Fork Youth Association - P.O. Box 1091 - Kincaid, IL 62540 OR South Fork School District - P.O. Box 20 - Kincaid, IL 62540.

Eileen Tex

Eileen Tex, 102 of Owaneco, passed away at 5:08p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2023, at Taylorville Care Center.  She was born on June 6, 1921, in Dollville, the daughter of Edward and Alta (Christy) Behl.  She graduated from Owaneco High School in 1938.  On November 22, 1938, she married William Tex in St. Charles, Missouri.  Eileen retired from St. Vincent Memorial Hospital where she worked for many years as a unit clerk.  She was an active member of the Owaneco United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed cooking and especially cherished time spent with those she loved most at family gatherings. 

She is survived by her son: William J. Tex of Springfield; grandchildren: Julie Simmons (Greg), Debbie Bretz (Herman), Brian Coss (Jackie), Greg Lynch (Kelli) and Kendra Jackson; 8 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter: Cinda Coss; and siblings: Carl Behl, Lyle Behl, Beverly Minks, and Helen Montgomery.

The funeral service for Eileen will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, December 8, 2023, at the Owaneco United Methodist Church with Rev Jessica Baldyga and Rev. Diwan Tiwade officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service in the church and burial will be in the Owaneco Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Owaneco United Methodist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Eileen, or condolences to her family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.

John Michael Hart

John “Chief” Hart, 66 of Pana passed away December 1, 2023 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield. 

 

John was born August 28, 1957, in Los Angeles, CA to the late George and Patricia (Swift) Hart.  After high school, John joined and proudly served in the U.S. Army.  John spent most of his life in California and then moved to Illinois in 2010.  John was proud of his Native American Heritage.  He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and was known for being an avid gambler, enjoying the casinos in California and Nevada.

 

John is survived by his sisters: Georganne (Jeff Hardy) Vaugh of Taylorville; Candy Coleman of California; and Patty Panjolma of Wyoming. 

 

Per John’s wishes, he will be cremated with no services at this time.  A private inurnment will take place at a later date at Camp Butler Cemetery, Springfield.  Memorials in John’s honor can be made to Pana Health and Rehab Center, 1000 East 6th Street, Pana, Illinois.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of John, or condolences to his family, may be shared online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.

Richard Lynn Wagahoft

Richard Lynn Wagahoft, 65 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on December 1, 2023, at his residence. He was born on August 7, 1958, in Taylorville, IL, to the late Dwight Paul Wagahoft Sr. and Ileane Marie Oats. He married Debra McPeek on April 28, 1978, in Hillsboro, IL, and they spent many happy years together before she preceded him in death on May 4, 2015.

Richard worked for Kennedy Metal for many years. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. In his spare time, he would enjoy drinking Stag Beer and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by his sons: Trevor (Holly) Wagahoft of Taylorville, IL; Travis (Amy) Wagahoft of Morrisonville, IL; grandchildren: Meah, Macy, and Shea Wagahoft of Taylorville, IL; Alea and Tyce Wagahoft of Morrisonville, IL; siblings: Dwight Paul Wagahoft Jr. of Taylorville, IL; Dwight Carl Wagahoft of Taylorville, IL; and Paulette Mann of Springfield, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dwight and Ileane Wagahoft; his wife: Debra Wagahoft; and his half-sister: Carol Conrow.

As per Richard’s wishes, 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.

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