Taylorville Obits Archives for 2024-04

Andrea Lea Nagle

Andrea Lea Nagle, age 67, of Pawnee, Illinois passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at her home.

Andrea was born on April 26, 1957, the daughter of Francis “Leo” and Jacqueline (Glidewell) Nagle.

She attended Morrisonville High School (Morrisonville, IL) for some time, but she graduated from El Paso Gridley High School (El Paso, IL) in 1975. Andrea worked for Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois and was a business owner, owning Cash Out Gaming in Staunton, IL.

She was a kind-hearted, christian woman who was the “best grandma ever”. She adored her grandchildren and was always up to do anything fun. Andrea supported animal activism efforts and enjoyed reading and riding on the back of motorcycles.

Andrea is survived by her son, Philip George Fugnitti (wife, Kelley) of Auburn, IL; 6 grandchildren, Madison Fugnitti, Isabella Fugnitti, Gianna Fugnitti, Roman Fugnitti, Braylen Shelton, and Kamryn Kane, all of Auburn, IL; sisters, Judith (Mark) Gardner of Springfield, IL, Vicki (Mike) Bearup of Auburn, IL; brother, Allen Nagle of Arthur, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation & Funeral Services: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 304 Carlin St., Morrisonville, IL 62546. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, also at Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Morrisonville, with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Inurnment will follow the funeral service at St. Maurice Cemetery, 400 East Road, Morrisonville, IL 62546.

Memorial contributions in Andrea’s memory are suggested to: Christian County Animal Shelter, 300 S. Baughman Rd., Taylorville, IL 62568.

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

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

 

Mr. Rae C. Davis Sr.

Mr. Rae C. Davis, Sr of Bulpitt, IL passed from this life at 6:11A.M. Monday, April 29, 2024.

He was born in Battle Creek Michigan on Sept 28, 1931, the son of Arvel and Mona Mae (Sanders) Davis.

Rae graduated from Kincaid High in 1949. He proudly enlisted with the US Marines from 1950-1953. He served onboard the USS Wisconsin and at Camp LeJeune.

He married the love of his life, Verna Riley on November 30, 1957. She preceded him in death June 10, 2023.

He was a loving and dedicated father and grandfather. He enjoyed duck hunting for many years and would take all who wanted to go. Teaching many young duck hunters everything he knew about hunting, gun safety and respect for the sport.  He worked as a tire builder and fork-lift operator for 28 years at Firestone.

He is survived by his sons Rae Davis Jr (Ann), Darrell Davis (Denise), daughters Cindy Mills (Mike), Tracie Riggs (Matt). Grandchildren Tanya Glover (Michael), Kendy Mayes (Jason), Amanda Thomas Davis, Jennifer Love (Nick) Eric Davis (Kasey), Jessica Brown (Greg), Coady Davis (Renae), Matthew Riggs (Lynette) Great grandchildren Dane Glover, Keely Westenhaver, Topanga Mayes, Ryder Mayes, Henry Davis, Harrison Davis, Benton Davis, Dean Davis, Maryn Love and Liam Love.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Verna, son Kenneth Allen Davis, sisters Dorothy Miller, Dimple Terumoto, brother William Davis and granddaughter Alyse Davis.

He will be greatly missed by family, friends and all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 on Thursday, May 2, 2024 at Masterson Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Taylorville with full military honors by a combined contingent of the Taylorville V.F.W., American Legion and the United States Marine Corps.  Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:30 at Masterson's.

Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com.  

 

Vernon Ray Klinefelter

Vernon Ray Klinefelter MD December 14, 1951 ------ April 28, 2024

Dr V Ray Klinefelter was born in Taylorville, IL, the son of James Harold and Phyllis Louise (Melvin) Klinefelter. He married Geraldine (Gerry) A Vancil in January 1971. He is survived by his wife, Gerry and his daughter Rachelle L Roth of Fort Worth TX, his son Phillip G Klinefelter of Rochester, IL; four beautiful granddaughters: Elliana Roth, Sophia Roth, Zoey Klinefelter, and Mila Klinefelter. He is also survived by his mother Phyllis L Harris and three surviving siblings: James L Klinefelter of Taylorville, IL, Mark A Klinefelter of Taylorville, IL, and JoAnn Christofferson of South Daytona, FL. He was preceded in death by his father James H Klinefelter, brother Donald C Klinefelter and son Paul A Klinefelter. A visitation will be held at McClure Funeral Home on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

He learned to work hard at a young age on the family farm. He began to drive tractors with blocks of wood on the pedals so that his feet could reach the brake, clutch, and gas pedals. He cleaned out the cattle barn every Saturday with his younger brother instead of watching cartoons and often got up early and had farm chores before catching the bus for school. He walked the corn and bean fields during the summer cutting out weeds while listening to music on a crackling transistor radio. In high school he worked at Summer’s shoe store with Hymie Summers who became a much loved mentor and gave Ray a lifelong love of clothes and shoes.

He had a severe burn on his left leg at age ten and spent one month in the hospital and then several more months on the sofa recovering at home. He read the entire set of Britannica encyclopedias that summer. This started his reputation for being a walking encyclopedia for the remainder of his life. His daughter has said “my dad was my Google”.

He won the Illinois State Science Fair in 1971 for his project using lasers to make holograms. At the time, PhD candidates were doing their thesis on exactly that—making holograms using expensive vibration proof concrete enclosures. He made his on a base of Styrofoam in the Taylorville Junior High School science lab because that room would have less vibration than the third-floor science room at the high school. He was offered many scholarships, including to Ivy League schools, but chose to marry his girlfriend who became the love of his life, mother of his three children, and his most loyal supporter.

In order to support his new family, he got a job at the soybean factory as a laborer and then advanced to a maintenance repairman after he got a perfect score on a test that all applicants had to take testing their general knowledge of math and electrical theory. Over the next several years, he began going back to college interspersed with working. He worked as a maintenance man at Alma Plastics and a salesman at a mobile home sales company in Marion, IL. He was even featured in a television ad they ran.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and was involved in publishing research in his advanced chemistry class. He then attended the University of Illinois Medical School in Champaign, IL and then went to a family practice residency associated with SIU.

He began his medical practice in Shelbyville, IL which he often likened to Mayberry as it was such a sweet, wholesome town. As a practicing physician, his day began early to make morning rounds on his hospitalized patients. He then went to his office for a busy day of treating all ages of patients from newborns to his oldest patient of 103 years. He usually saved the last hour of office for surgery, including skin cancers. He was often on call for the emergency room and his day would continue through the evening and night seeing patients through the ER.

If he had a dying patient, he would spend time with them and the family as they passed, praying for them and comforting them in their final hours. In his early years, he would occasionally make house calls and on one occasion carried an elderly woman from the house to his car and drove her himself to the ER. He loved being a doctor and was known as Dr Ray. He treated all of his patients with kindness, compassion, and dignity. Toward the end of his career he moved to Taylorville, IL to be closer to family after the death of his father.

As a young man, his Sunday school teacher was his paternal grandmother, and his maternal grandmother took him to the Pentecostal Church of Christ. He was baptized in a horse water trough at a summer Church of Christ Camp as a young boy. He looked forward to Heaven after having a near death experience. In this glimpse of Heaven, he experienced complete freedom from pain and great joy in the presence of God. He dedicated his life to the Christian faith and never hesitated to share his faith and prayers with all he came in contact with. This carried over into his medical practice as he often prayed with his patients. He loved reading the Bible and would go back to the original Hebrew and Greek to parse out subtle meanings.

In his free time, he loved to spend time with his family and friends, working on muscle cars, riding motorcycles, fishing, and hunting. Working on the cars could include complete motor rebuilds and major body work with fabricating and painting. He loved people and was known to be able to talk to anyone about virtually any subject; he never met a stranger.

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

Patricia O'Hara-McWherter

Patricia O’Hara-McWherter, age 75, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL.

 

Patricia was born on September 27, 1948, the daughter of John and Martha (Jones) O’Hara. She graduated from Kincaid High School (Kincaid, IL) before going on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Illinois University and then a Master’s Degree from Illinois State University. Her field of study was education. On August 11, 1979, Patricia married Gary McWherter. 

 

Patricia worked as a teacher for 30 years for Springfield School District #186, and she represented her and her colleagues’ interests when she served on the negotiating team for Illinois Education Association (IEA),

 

Patricia was kind, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and she enjoyed an active lifestyle (tennis and golf were favorite pastimes). She even won a number of doubles tennis tournaments in Arizona during her retirement. Patricia enjoyed flowers and gardening, music, singing, and she played the ukulele. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was a devoted parishioner. Her greatest accomplishment was her love for family.

 

Patricia is survived by her husband, Gary; her son, Ryan McWherter of Taylorville, IL; grand-daughter, Kendal McWherter of Taylorville, IL; sisters, Ruth Ann (Norman) Ward of Taylorville, IL; Rita (Bill) Myers of Taylorville, IL; Helen (Tom) Summers of Taylorville, IL; Karen O’Hara-Riva of Kincaid, IL; Maureen (Mark) Allen of Cadillac, MI; and Sheila (Mark) Smith of Fort Pierce, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; and 4 godchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lisa Conrath.

 

Visitation & Funeral Mass: The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 108 W. Adams St., Taylorville, IL 62568. Patricia’s Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s will follow the visitation, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024, with Father Piotr Kosk officiating. 

 

Inurnment will follow the Funeral Mass at Calvary Cemetery, 14465 Cotton Hill Rd., Pawnee, Illinois.

 

Memorial contributions in Patricia’s memory are suggested to: St. Mary’s School, 422 S. Washington St., 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 Patricia, or to offer condolences to her family.

 

Judy A. Durbin

Judy A. Durbin, 73, of Springfield, IL, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 1:48 p.m. at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL.  She was born on April 20, 1951, in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Charles and Wanda (Frost) Newberry.  She married Donnie Durbin in Taylorville in 2001. 

Surviving is her husband, Donnie Durbin of Springfield, IL; a daughter, Chrystal (Todd) Woods of St. Joseph, IL; her grandchildren, Brittanie (Riley) Bell of St. Joseph, IL, Cassidy (Michael) Gould of Smithfield, VA, Tucker Williams of St. Joseph, IL, Donald Durbin of Springfield, IL, Chelsea, Rachel, and Devon Durbin, all of Taylorville, IL; her great-grandchildren, Peighton Reim, Corbin Bell, Hadleigh Bell, Nicholas Gould, and Jonathan Gould; her siblings, Linda Hart of Taylorville, IL, Paul Newberry of Taylorville, IL, William (Julitta) Newberry of Taylorville, IL, Thomas (Julie) Newberry of St. Joseph, MO, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Chuckie Newberry; a sister, Brenda Rever; a sister-in-law, Jeannette Newberry;  a brother-in-law, Mike Hart; a grandson, Christopher Williams; and a great-nephew, Brandon Mann.

Judy dedicated over 20 years to the Medical Records Department at Springfield Clinic before retiring. She deeply cherished moments spent with her grandchildren and family. She adored pampering her very spoiled cat, "Clementine." Judy also enjoyed shopping on weekends, lunching with her siblings, and relaxing while watching her favorite soap operas and late-night television. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive family and friends at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL, from 12-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024.  The funeral service will immediately follow.  Per Judy’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.

Donations in memory of Judy may be made to donor’s choice. 

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

Robert Thomas Williamson

Robert ("Rob" / "Robby") Thomas Williamson, 43, of Taylorville passed away with his closest family surrounding him at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, on April 24, 2024.

Rob was born August 17, 1980, in Springfield, IL.  He grew up in Edinburg, IL and graduated from Edinburg High School in 1998.  He began working with the governor's office for the State of Illinois in 2000 and later transferred to the Illinois Commere Commission, where he has worked as an Information Services Specialist II for the last 22 years.  

Rob and Amanda (Mandy) Niehaus married on October 8, 2005, at her grandparents' lakeshore near Litchfield, IL.  Together they started their family with his adoption of Amanda's daughter Reyna, and seven years later they were blessed with another daughter, Clara.  In February of 2024, they finalized the adoption of his great nephew, Tyler.

Rob was hard to forget -- a cheerful man with a deep voice who was always ready to share a laugh. Along with his family, he loved music and played bass guitar with several area bands.  He also loved the writings of Hunter "gonzo journalist" Thompson, as well as his long late-night phone calls with his dad.  Rob was the kind of man who shaved his head when his mother was battling cancer and who flew kites with his children on Easter Sunday.

The phrase "he leaves behind" is not accurate in listing his survivors. It is more appropriate to say that among those who have had the good fortune to share their love with him are his wife, Amanda; his daughters, Reyna and Clara; his son, Tyler; his parents, Bob and Deb Williamson of Edinburg; his extended family and his countless friends.

Loved ones who were waiting to welcome him were his paternal grandparents, Robert E. Williamson, Sr. and Betty M. (Richards) Williamson; maternal grandparents, Thomas A. Huston, Sr. and Pauline C. (Dowdy) Huston; father-in-law, Ron Niehaus; and good friends, Daniel Durbin, Brian Callan, and Joey Cavatora.

Rob didn't wish to be at the center of an elaborate funeral or visitation.  It's certain, though, that he would be pleased to know that kind wishes, funny stories, and memories were shared with those who miss him most.  They can be sent to The Rob Williamson Family at 610 Kenton Blvd, Taylorville, IL 62568.  Monetary gifts will greatly help his young family and can be sent c/o Amanda Williamson at the same address.

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

Patricia Anne Webb

Patricia Anne Webb, age 72, of Taylorville, Illinois passed away on April 25, 2024 at her home.

Patricia was born on March 17, 1952, the daughter of Ladora Wakefield and Stanley Lipinski. As a youngster, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), and her parents were told it was unlikely Patricia would live to age 30. She lived 42 years past that prediction. Patricia experienced 17 surgeries in her lifetime, and in 1963, she was the poster child for the March of Dimes. 

Patricia graduated from Granite City High School (Granite City, IL) in 1972 and then went on to earn her Associate’s Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. On May 12, 1997, Patricia married Jeffrey Webb. They shared 27 years of marriage together.

Patricia worked with her mom and sister at Tri Mor Bowl in Granite City before going to work for the State of Illinois where she worked for 30+ years. Patricia served numerous roles at the state but retired as Supervisor of Public Assistance. 

She loved Taylorville and lived in this community for over 40 years. Patricia was a strong, resilient, and caring person. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church. Her interests included decorating, antiquing, needlepoint, collecting bunnies, and history. She was especially knowledgeable about Abraham Lincoln.

Patricia is survived by her husband, Jeffrey; her sister, Denise (Jonah) Gibson of Granite City, IL; niece, Kim (Jeff) Evans and their children, Nora and Winston; nephews, Scott (Beth) Trobaugh and their children, Sommer, Austin, Dakota and Praize; and Jacob Gibson; cousins, Sandra Mckinnon; Deanna Bandy; and Debbie McKinnon; several other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her beloved cat, Bibsey.

She was preceded in death by her mother; her father; and a brother, Ricky Lipinski.

Visitation & Funeral Services: The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home 202 W. Franklin, Taylorville, IL. At the conclusion of the visitation, Patricia’s funeral service will begin, starting at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, with Father Piotr Kosk officiating.

Internment will follow the funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery, 820 South Cherokee St., Taylorville, Illinois.

Memorial contributions in Patricia’s memory are suggested to: St. Joseph’s Indian School, PO Box 300, Chamberlain, SD 57325.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.
Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Patricia, or to offer condolences to her family.

Mark Edward Erenburg

Mark Edward Erenburg, 82 of Pentwater, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Blodgett Hospital in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He was born on November 8, 1941, and raised in Glencoe, IL.   He was the son of Leon Erenburg, MD, and Patricia (Schaak) Erenburg.  Mark was a lifelong tennis player, and in high school, he became a state ranked gymnast, earning a 4-year gymnastics scholarship to the University of Michigan.  GO BLUE!  Following undergraduate school, he earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1966.  He married Sharon Johns Heil on March 21, 1973, in Springfield, IL.  Mark retired to Pentwater, Michigan following a long career as a University Professor and consultant specializing in labor economics and labor relations.  Outside of work, Mark was always interested in emerging technology, electronics, and computers.  In addition, Mark created and owned a radio production studio and a local FM radio station.

He is survived by his wife: Sharon Erenburg, of Pentwater, Michigan; children: Mark Heil (Sue Ellen Perry) of Taylorville, John Heil of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Kristin Erenburg (Mike  Hanna) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; grandchildren: Kurtis Heil (Jessica Engeling ),  Kraig Heil (Sarah Goetz), and Kaylee Heil, Abby Moats, Zachary Heil, Ava Heil, Nicholas Hanna, and Claire Hanna; and greatgrandchildren, Cameron Heil, Cooper Heil, Isabella Heil, Lillian Heil, and Brooks Heil. Mark was preceded in death by his parents.

A private graveside service for Mark will be held on Friday, May 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville with Rev. Tom Bellegante officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to your local hospice organization or a charity of your choice.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gary Lin McWard

Gary Lin McWard, 71 of Taylorville, passed away at 6:03 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, surrounded by his family in his home.  He was born on August 18, 1952, in Taylorville, the son of James and Dorothy (Burke) McWard.  He married Brenda Pieper on February 13, 2004.  Gary proudly served our country with a distinguished career with the United States Marine Corps., serving in Desert Storm and stationed in California, Hawaii, and Okinawa, Japan.  In 2000 he retired from military service as a Gunnery Sergeant, completing a 22-year career.  Gary was very proud of his time serving his country and was passionate the rest of his life about supporting and honoring others who served.  Following his time in the service he managed Jordy’s Restaurant and owned and operated the American Tap in Taylorville.  Gary will be remembered for his love of people and was affectionately known by his friends as “Mac” or “Gunny”.  He loved playing pool and was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Fighting Illini basketball. 

He is survived by his wife: Brenda McWard of Taylorville; children: Angela (Greg) Wallace of Bellevue, Nebraska, Christine (Jesse) Hundley of Springfield, Samantha (Brandon) Overton of Taylorville, Timothy (Leanne) McWard of Mark, Illinois, Frank McWard of Taylorville, David (Sarah) Sims of Morrisonville, Rebecca (Mike) Childers of Taylorville, and Casey (Kasey) Donovan of O’Fallon, Missouri; 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother: James Michael McWard.

Gary will be cremated, and a graveside memorial service, with military honors, will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2024, at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield.  Memorials may be made to the McWard family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Angela K. Snow

Angela K. Snow, 57, of Taylorville, formerly of Nokomis, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2024, at 2:05 a.m. at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. She was born on August 9, 1966, in Taylorville, IL, the daughter of Michael Dennis Nation Sr. and Kathy (Eson) Galvin. Angela was a graduate of the Taylorville High School class of 1984 and she worked at Horace Mann for 31 years and the State Board of Education for 6 years.

Angela is survived by her: mother: Kathy Galvin of Taylorville, IL; daughter: Amanda (Ricky) Hernandez of Rochester, IL and son: Brandon (Haley) Snow of East Alton, IL; grandchildren: Eva Elaine Hernandez, Adeline Elise Snow, Ayden Lee Snow; aunts and uncles: Julie Eson, Edna Eson, David Eson, Paul Morgan and Shirley Sams all of Taylorville; sister-in-law: Maggie Ornberg; nephew: Brady Nation and several Cousins. She was preceded in death by her father: Michael Dennis Nation Sr.; grandmother: Carol June Eson; son: Tyler Sheridan Snow, brother: Michael Dennis Nation Jr. and uncle: Gary Sams. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, IL. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Mrs. Anita M. Daly

Mrs. Anita M. Daly, 83, of Taylorville, IL died peacefully at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Springfield Memorial Hospital surrounded by family.

She was born June 27, 1940, in Lincoln, IL the daughter of Edward and Marie Culnan.

Anita married James E. Daly on March 4, 1967, in St. Louis, MO. 

She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1958.  She attended Sangamon State where she received a B.A. in education.  She later completed her Master's Degree in Education Administration at University of Illinois at Springfield.  She retired from Memorial School in Taylorville in 1994 after teaching there for 30+ years.

Mrs. Daly was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville and the Catholic Daughter’s of America.  Anita enjoyed: playing cards, Friday night boat rides, going out to eat, and especially the time she was able to spend with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She volunteered at St. Mary’s Grade School.

Surviving are her sister Mary Beth Culnan, 2 sons John (wife Reona) Daly of Carbondale, IL, Larry Daly of Taylorville, IL, a daughter Jennifer (husband Tony) Spain of Carlock, IL, her grandchildren: Chelsea (husband Patrick) Hickey, Emily, Chase, Rowan, and Corey Collins, Kellyn, Lucas, Connor, Sean and Paige Daly, 4 great-grandchildren Gina, Abby and Ben Hickey and Copeland Williams along with a niece and nephew.

Mrs. Daly was preceded in death by her husband, brother and parents.  

Visitation will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 25, 2024, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Taylorville with a Funeral Mass following at noon.  Fr. Piotr Kosk will officiate.  Burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Pawnee.  

Memorials in loving memory of Mrs. Daly are suggested to: St. Mary’s Grade School – 422 S. Washington St. or St. Mary’s Catholic Church – 116 W. Adams St. - Taylorville, IL 62568.

Those wishing to send flowers are encouraged to use a local Taylorville florist.

Masterson Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

Kenneth J. Streit

Kenneth J. Streit, 78, of Morrisonville, IL passed away in his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7:40 a.m. with his wife by his side. 

 

Ken was born in Chicago, IL on March 15, 1946, the son of George & Marie (Sheedy) Streit. In 1964, he graduated from De La Salle High School (Chicago, IL). Ken was drafted for service in the Army during the Vietnam War. On November 2, 1968, Ken married Judith “Judy” Miller. They had three children.

 

Ken lived in Chicago, IL until 2004 when he retired from Chicago Communications after 40 years of service. 

 

Ken loved living in Morrisonville, and he resided there for 20 years. “It was such a quiet place to retire” he always said. His kind-hearted nature, strong-will, and generosity towards others were hallmarks of his personality. Ken was a devout Catholic and served as an extraordinary minister at St. Rene Goupil Church (Chicago, IL). He was a softball coach for team club softball for all 3 of his children, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and was an “amateur weatherman”. 

 

Ken is survived by his wife; his children, Matthew (wife, Renee) Streit of Tinley Park, IL; Patty (companion, David Gill) Streit of Morrisonville, IL; and Theodore “Ted” Streit of Channahon, IL; 6 grandchildren, Ashley Adams; Ali Streit; Madalyn Streit; Matthew (wife, Gianna) Streit; Brenda Roman; Molly Roman; 3 great-grandchildren, Jaclyn; Jackson; & Theo; 2 brothers, Bernard Streit of Tinley Park, IL & Raymond (wife, Carolyn) Streit of Countryside, IL; 2 sisters, Mary Ricardo of Palos Hills & Kathy Myers of TX; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Virginia Gernasky.

 

Funeral Services: Ken’s Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Maurice Church, 706 E. 4th St., Morrisonville, IL with Rev. John Burnett officiating. 

 

Internment will be completed at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions in Ken’s memory are suggested to: Tunnel to Towers. 

 

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

 

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

 

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Bruce Salmons

Bruce Salmons, 71, of Taylorville, Illinois died Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at his residence. 

 

Bruce was born on February 15, 1953, in Taylorville, Illinois, the son of Paul Salmons and Lucille (Langlet) Salmons. Following his graduation from Taylorville High School in 1971, he joined the Navy where he served his country for four years. He married Jayandra Allen, and they later divorced.

 

He worked many years at FS in Taylorville before working for Christian County Developmental Corporation (CCDC) from where he recently retired. Bruce began working for Car Wash City in retirement. 

 

Bruce’s favorite hobby was fishing with his family. He was a skilled handyman and helped his daughter with numerous home projects. Bruce had a lot of friends and was truly loved. He was calm and quiet but did not shy away from telling someone what he thought. He was always “there” for everyone, ready to help. He will be missed.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Gail Keen and Barbara Zemke.

 

Bruce is survived by his daughter, Monica Dempsey (Brian Greer) and his granddaughter, Kinley Grace Dempsey.

 

As per Bruce’s wishes, no services will be held. 

 

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

 

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

 

Donald C. McWard

Donald C. McWard, 95, of Owaneco, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield on April 10, 2024, following a brief illness.  Donald was born on November 18, 1928, to Clarence and Velma (Klingler) McWard at home in Clarksdale, Illinois.  He grew up in the Morrisonville area and graduated from Morrisonville High School where he earned his FFA State Farmer Degrees.  He then attended Blackburn College, and graduated from the University of Illinois with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.  He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He taught math and was an administrator for many years in Stonington, Decatur, and Pana schools. 

Donald married Shirley Bates on June 7, 1959, and they began farming in the Owaneco area in 1963.  He was particularly proud to be the fourth generation of his family to farm in Christian County and of the family’s sesquicentennial farm.  Donald was an avid fan of University of Illinois basketball and the Chicago Cubs.  He was active in the Morrisonville and Owaneco Masonic Lodges for over 70 years and was a Past Master Mason of the Owaneco Masonic Lodge AF&AM.  He was also a member of Eastern Star and Shriners. 

He is survived by his children, Marie (Patrick Kapustka), Cheryl, Dean (Venise Devore), and Christine (Jaime Alban); grandchildren  Alex, Kevin and Claire Kapustka, Jacob McWard, and Sophia and Sam Alban; his brothers  Lyle McWard of Decatur and Larry McWard (Connie) of Morrisonville; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sisters Juanita Harvey, Irma Bryan, and Betty Jo Ward, and infant brother Harold. 

The family wishes to express their gratitude for the care provided by Donald’s longtime caregivers: Sandy Miller, Tanya Ishmael, Julia England and Brooke Burney.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 10:30-1:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, Illinois. Masonic rites will take place at 1:00 p.m. and a funeral service will begin at 1:15 p.m. with Pastor Brennan Hurley officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Christian County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund or to Shriners Hospital.

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

Thomas L. Rippon

Thomas L. Rippon, Ocala, Florida, born on December 30, 1941, passed away peacefully on April 6. Tom was born in Danville, Il. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Frost, whom he married in 1961, and survived by his second wife, Susan Johns, whom he married in 1993. His son, Thomas Howard, preceded him in death, while his daughter Debbie survives. Tom is survived by his grandchildren Ryan Rippon, Ashley Hendricks, Elise Boch, Whitney Denning, Brock Rippon, and Molly Rippon Miller along with several great grandchildren.

Rippon served honorably in the US Air Force before dedicating many years to the General Telephone Company in Lincoln, Illinois. Post-retirement, alongside Susan, he embarked on travels to various destinations, eventually settling in Ocala, where they continued their adventures, specifically indulging in his beloved fishing hobby.

An active member of his community, Rippon’s impact extended beyond the workplace. He notably served as the Youth Football commissioner in Lincoln, Illinois, during the 1970s, inspiring numerous young athletes to pursue their football dreams. His dedication to youth sports was a proud legacy.

A graduate of Taylorville High School, Rippon loved to reminisce with his football friends about their championship team. After retiring, he returned to Taylorville where he enthusiastically rekindled his love for fishing with old high school friends, often swapping stories about their glory days on the football field and bragging about their all-conference football team. Tom was a forever Chicago Bears fan.

Known for his ability to bring laughter to others, Rippon’s humor was infectious and brought joy to all who knew him. It was a well-known fact that Tom enjoyed Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Trigger in any and all venues he could watch, his appreciation for their work a testament to his fondness for Western culture.The legacy of Thomas L. Rippon will be forever cherished. Memorials may be made on behalf of Tom to the Lincoln Youth Football Association 115 Edgar St. Lincoln, IL. 62656.

Celebration of life will be forthcoming in Florida and Illinois. May he rest in eternal peace.

Elmer L. Beamer

Mr. Elmer L. Beamer, 90, of Bulpitt, IL passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL.

Elmer was born on May 10, 1933, at home in King Township, the son of E. Laverne & W Darlene (Soloman) Beamer.  He graduated from Kincaid High School with the Class of 1950.  He enlisted in the U. S. Navy in December of 1950 to March of 1954 aboard the USS Wedderburn during the Korean War.  Elmer was a member of American Legion Post #905 in Kincaid.

Elmer married Brenda Binegar on December 6, 1958, in Taylorville, IL.  Elmer farmed many years at the family farm in Nokomis, IL.  He worked 36 years at Peabody Coal Company Mine #10, after retiring in 1994, Elmer worked part-time for the F.S. Plant in Tovey, IL for 20 years.

Elmer loved to watch his game shows with his granddaughter and his Western shows.  He was up for a beer with friends.  He loved to play the guitar and sing, one of his favorites was “Kansas City”.   He loved playing cards and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

Surviving is a son James Bradley “Brad” Beamer and daughter Wendy M. Beal both of Bulpitt, IL., two granddaughters Brianna (Nick) Kessler of Granite City, IL., and Jaclyn (Zach) Kunkler of Scott Air Force Base, Shiloh, IL., three great grandchildren, Ronan Kessler, Emrie and Easton Kunkler, two sisters-in-law Joan Beamer of Nokomis, IL and Barbara Beamer of San Antonio, TX., along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 61 years Brenda Beamer, three brothers Robert “Bob” Beamer, Gale Beamer and Lynn Beamer a sister-in-law Patsy Beamer and a nephew Greg Beamer.

Per Elmer’s wishes, private Graveside services were held with Full Military Rites on Monday, April 8, 2024, in Horse Creek Cemetery in Pawnee, IL.

Masterson’s Funeral Home in Kincaid, IL assisted the family with arrangements.  Condolences may still be left at mastersonfh.com.

Gary Joe Slovick

Gary Joe Slovick, 67 of Taylorville passed away on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at his residence in Taylorville. He was born in Salem, IL, the son of Joe J Slovick and Connie J (Ward) Hoelscher. He married Carol Bergschneider on July 2, 2016, in Taylorville, IL. He retired from the Christian County Sheriff’s office where he worked as a Sheriff’s Deputy. He also worked as an officer for various other departments. Gary loved hunting, riding his motorcycle, John Deere, and going to the diner to grab a cup of coffee while socializing with friends, and loved spending time with his family.

Gary is survived by his Wife, Carol Slovick; Daughter, Valerie Lawhorn of Mattoon, IL; Sons, Wade Slovick of Taylorville, IL and Trevor Slovick of Carbondale, IL; Step Daughters, Malorie Bergschneider of Taylorville, IL and Brieanne (Breydon) Brown of Taylorville, IL; Step Son, Brad Bergschneider of Taylorville, IL and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Krueger.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Sutton Memorial Home to assist the family with expenses.

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

Please sign our online guest book at suttonmemorialhome.com

Charles R. Cochran

Charles R. Cochran, 79, of Nokomis, IL, passed away on April 5, 2024, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, IL. He was born on August 10, 1944, in Pana Township, to Shirley and Ruth (Stevens) Cochran. 1n 1967, he married Patricia Kamer and they later divorced. He married Imogene “Jeannie” Nagle in 1976, and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2020. He later married Linda (Barnstable) Bradley on April 16, 2021, and she survives.

Charles attended Nokomis High School and obtained his GED while serving in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he was a combat engineer and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals with four Campaign Stars, two Overseas Service Bars, Expert Badge (M-16), Sharpshooter Badge (M-14), and more. He worked as a coal miner for twenty-three years and was a truckdriver before, during and after that time. He was a member of Catch the Fire Church in Cowden, IL, and loved spending his free time camping and going on motorcycle trips.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Cochran, of Nokomis; daughter, Barbara Eckart (Jeremy Saunders) of Rosamond; step-children, Cindy Fournier of Nokomis; Loretta Blevins of Hillsboro; Sandra (Robin) McBride of Texas; Scott Bradley (Dena Davis) of Indiana; Sonya Maretti of Nokomis; and Steve (Donna) Bradley of Indiana; grandchildren, Tyler Engelhart; Sadie Keller; Johnny Keller; Matt (Christy) Bolyard; Brandon Bolyard; Hannah Black; Savannah Stevenson; Mackenzie Blevins; as well as many step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his sister, Shirley Brown of Pana.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Ruth Cochran; second wife, Imogene Cochran; stepson, Jeff Bolyard; and step-grandson, J.R. Jones.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis. A funeral service with military rites will begin at noon with Pastor Kyle Blackerby officiating. Cremation will follow the service, with interment to occur at a later date.

Memorials to honor Charles may be made to Nokomis American Legion or to Paws Care of Montgomery County.

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

Beulah Irene Johnson

Beulah Irene Johnson, 86, of Taylorville, Illinois died Thursday, April 4th, 2024 at Taylorville Carriage Crossing.

Beulah was born November 1, 1937, in Pana, Illinois, the daughter of Thomas Franklin and Zola May (Bland) Barding. She worked as a telephone operator before marrying Richard Johnson on January 1, 1961. Beulah worked for many years at Frank’s Food Fair and then County Market.

Her world revolved around her family, and she loved spending time at home watching and feeding the birds, tending to her many flowers and plants, and decorating every room of her house for Christmas. She was a member of Taylorville First United Methodist Church.

Beulah is survived by her husband Richard of 63 years; four children, Jolynne (David) Richardson of Taylorville, Jeannine (John) Rude of Illiopolis, Richard E. Johnson of Greenwood, SC, and Louis (Tracie) Johnson of Taylorville; grandchildren, Megan Nauman, Amanda Richardson, Mallory Gordon, Rikki Johnson, and Hope, Luc, and Lea Johnson, Sarah Pritts and Molly Rude; great grandchildren, Alyssa, Zoey, Layla, Kolton, Maverick, Charlotte, and Camden, Marissa and Cassidy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and 5 siblings: Paul, Leroy, Kenneth, Margrette, and Doris.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 7th, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at Fraley Cemetery in Taylorville officiated by Reverend Brennan Hurley.

Memorials may be made to the Taylorville First United Methodist Church or the Taylorville Food Pantry.

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

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

Robert "Bob" Joseph DeLuka

Robert “Bob” Joseph DeLuka, 89 of Nokomis passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 10:00 p.m. at Nokomis Health and Rehabilitation Center in Nokomis. He was born on February 28, 1935, in Witt, IL, the son of Celio Mario and Ruby Irene (Weller) DeLuka. He married Merilyn June Morgan on October 27, 1954, in Nokomis, IL and she preceded him in death on August 29, 2010. Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church in Witt and worked as an Illinois State Trooper and he sold feed for Moorman’s Feed.   

He is survived by his daughters: Terry (Larry) Brinkman of Nokomis, IL; Dawn (Ron) DeWerff of Nokomis, IL; Dayna (Jerry) Neisler of Pawnee, IL; grandchildren: Brandi (Jim) Barker of Nokomis, IL; Brittany (Wayne) Marshall of Fillmore, IL; Jason (Angel) Brinkman of Taylorville, IL; Jay (Dani) DeWerff of Nokomis, IL; Cody (Jami) DeWerff of Staunton, IL; Gabe DeWerff (Megan Kwiatkowski) of Troy, IL; Noah (Mia Taft) Neisler of Divernon, IL; great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Joey and Micah Barker of Nokomis, IL; Gavin, Madilyn and Alysin Marshall of Fillmore, IL; Alexis Barker of Taylorville, IL; Gracie, Maddox and Lauren DeWerff; Porter West of Nokomis, IL, Kayden and Logan Weis; Peyton DeWerff all of Staunton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, granddaughter, Abby Neisler and Sister, Leona Huber.   

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2024, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis, IL. Funeral service will be held immediately following the visitation starting at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Dan Easterday and Jimmy Barker officiating. Burial will be in Nokomis Cemetery in Nokomis, IL with military graveside honors.

Memorials may be made to the Montgomery County Cancer Association.

Sutton Funeral Home in Nokomis is assisting the family with arrangements. Please sign our online guestbook at www.suttonmemorialhome.com

Randy Pettus

Randy Ray Pettus, 69, of Lincoln, passed away suddenly at his home on April 1, 2024.

Cremation rites have been accorded by Holland Barry & Bennett Funeral Home.

 

Graveside services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, April 12, 2024, at New Union Cemetery with Pastor Ron Otto officiating.  End of Watch will be performed by the Taylorville Police Department and Eric Notto will play the bagpipes. 

 

Randy was born July 4, 1954, in Taylorville, IL., the son of Thomas A. Pettus and Patricia J. (Flahart) Pettus.   He married Dawn Tesh on September 12, 2003.  He was an extremely skilled handyman who could make or repair just about anything.  He was a computer expert and embodied the motto never stop learning.  Randy was a Star Trek enthusiast and collector.  He was also a proud member of the NRA.  Randy served for 29 years with the Taylorville Police Department, several years were spent as the juvenile officer, a job which he loved and excelled at because of his kind nature.  He ended his time with the Taylorville Police Department as a Detective, retiring in 2006.  He loved his family greatly and often demonstrated that love through a bad joke, a word of encouragement, or computer troubleshooting.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife Dawn Pettus, his mother Patricia Pettus, his stepsons who he loved greatly, Alex B, Howard and Jeremy A, Howard, his brother Ron Pettus (Susan), brother in law Daryl Tesh, and his father and mother-in-law Lou and Marcella Tesh.  

He was preceded in death by his father, brother Rod Pettus, and infant sister Rhonda Pettus.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Taylorville Police Department.

 

 

 

William "Winks" Joseph Buschon

William “Winks” Joseph Buschon I, 87, of Taylorville IL passed away on April 2, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family. Bill was born August 3, 1936, in Kincaid, IL, the son of Joe and Sally (Nash) Bucshon. He married Linda Rogers on November 22, 1956, in Kincaid, IL.

Surviving is his wife, Linda Buschon of Taylorville, IL; his children, Bill Buschon of Taylorville, IL, Melinda (Rick) Stephens of Taylorville, IL, Katherine (Randy) Eller of Taylorville, IL, John (Missy) Buschon of Mt. Auburn, and Christine (Dave) Bruns of Taylorville, IL; his grandchildren, Andy (Valerie) Buschon, Amy (Josh) Kanter of Michigan, Amanda Buschon, Audrey (Dave) Neville of Taylorville, IL, Jessica (Brian) Brink of Breese, IL, Emily (Arne Overhaug) Stephens of Taylorville, IL , Sarah (Austin) Wells of Tovey, IL, Braiden Stephens of Taylorville, IL, Colby Eller of Taylorville, IL, Curtis (Tara Sicilia) Eller of Taylorville, IL, Olivia Buschon of Mt. Auburn, IL, Grant Buschon of Mt. Auburn, Kayla (Anthony Forehand) Bruns of Ogden, Utah, and Hailey Bruns of Taylorville, IL; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Sally Bucshon, and a sister, Marydell Mayernick.

Winks served his country in the United States Navy. He retired from Peabody 10 Coal Mine after several years as chief electrician. He also worked for Bell Telephone, Sherman Williams Paint Store, Pittsburgh Plate Glass, and Singer store in Taylorville, IL. During his free time, he enjoyed catfishing at Carlyle Lake, working on lawnmowers, going to off road races with his family and loved spending time with his grandkids.

A private service will be held for family on Monday, April 8, 2024, at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Taylorville, IL. A dinner for family and friends will be held at 11 am at the Knights of Columbus in Taylorville. Per Bill’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or School, Shriners Hospital, or St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

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

Michael Howard Stansbury

Michael Howard Stansbury, 77 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on March 24, 2024, at Taylorville Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on August 19, 1946, in Spokane, WA, to the late John William Marion Stephen and Isabel Fern McKinney. He married Sallyann B. Stansbury in 1974, and they spent many happy years together before she preceded him in death on January 4, 2001. Michael served in the military and later worked as a mechanic for Copeland Trucking.

He is survived by his son, Moses Charles “Hammer” Joseph III, of Springfield, IL; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two sons, Matthew Scott Joseph and Moses Charles Joseph Jr.

Cremation rites have been accorded and no services will be held at this time. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, IL.

Sandra Stauder

Sandra Stauder, 70 of Chatham, IL, passed away on March 31, 2024, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL. She was born on February 4, 1954, in Hillsboro, IL, the daughter of the late Marvin Stauder and Mary Niehaus.

Sandra worked for the State of Illinois Consumer Fraud Bureau for many years. She loved watching baseball and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. Above all, she loved her family immensely and loved spending time with them.

She is survived by her sister, Sally (Doug) Keenan of Pana, IL; brother, Jim (Lynne) Stauder of Donna, TX, her caregiver and best friend, Kim Stinson of Chatham, IL; nephews, Jeff (Barb) Stauder of Pana, IL; Paul (Leanne) Stauder of Fairfield, IL; Marc Stauder of Pana, IL; Kent (Corrie) Stauder of Finley, IL; niece, Katie (Nick) Horton of Riverton, IL; great-nephew, Gage Horton; great-niece, Hadley Horton; as well as her beloved pets.

Sandra was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Mary Stauder; grandparents, Phillip and Lena Stauder and Cecil and Beaulah Niehaus; and her sister, Suzanne Stauder.

As per Sandra’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorials to honor Sandra, may be made to Paws Care of Montgomery County by visiting www.pawscare.org.

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

Jay P. Kohl

Jay P. Kohl, age 64 years, was born on April 15, 1959, to Irvin and Wreatha (Elston) Kohl of Mechanicsburg, Illinois. Jay passed away peacefully on April 1, 2024, in the early morning hours at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Illinois, in the presence of his close family.

Jay enjoyed hunting, mowing, eating, and spending time with his family.

Jay is survived by his Sister, Ruth Ann (Kohl) Powell of Rochester; Brother, Joe Kohl (Beth) of Edinburg; Niece, Becky Nevill (Douglas) of Rochester; Brother, Jerry Kohl (Jeanetta) of Springfield; Sister-in-Law, Bonnie Kohl (Stogdell) of Mechanicsburg; Sister-in-Law, Carol Kohl (Aufrecht) of Taylorville; Brother, Jim Kohl; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers, Harvey Kohl, LeRoy Kohl, and John Kohl, and his brother-in-law, Bobbie Powell.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 10:00-12:00 noon at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville, Illinois. A funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon with Pastor James Jones officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Grove City Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or by planting a tree on Jay’s behalf.

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

Erma Lorraine Gesell

Erma Lorraine Gesell, 94 of Taylorville, IL, passed away on March 31, 2024, in her home surrounded by her children. She was born on July 2, 1929, in Stonington Township, to George Wesley Bollinger and Nona Ellen Pyle. Erma married the love of her life, Ralph Gesell on July 10, 1946. After many happy years of marriage, he preceded her in death.

Erma was a homemaker and a member of Taylorville First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, going for walks, and reading novels. However, her greatest joy was spending time with her family, who will all miss her immensely.

She is survived by her sons, Gary Gesell of Kincaid, IL; Richard (Patricia) Gesell of Kincaid, IL; Gordon (Linda) Gesell of Taylorville, IL; Roy Gesell of Taylorville, IL; grandchildren, Kim (Steve) Heine; Brearin (Leslie) Land; Stephanie (Jeff) Henley; Gary (Shananne) Gesell; Mark Gesell; Hannah (Gavin) Duewer; Jennah Gesell; fifteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; her brother, George (Onita) Bollinger Jr. of Versailles, KY; as well as several beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Erma was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, grandson, Curtis Gesell, two brothers, Ray and Keith Bollinger, and her sister, Bernice Gesell.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorials in her honor may be made to VFW Post 4495.

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

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